Lyles' arm and bat lift Astros, eliminate Brewers

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by WDJT Editor

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jordan Lyles pitched his first major league shutout and hit his first home run as the Houston Astros beat Milwaukee 7-0 on Sunday, eliminating the Brewers from wild-card playoff contention.

The Brewers, who reached the NL championship series last year, had surged since mid-August to get back into the postseason race. But the last-place Astros won two of three at Miller Park to finish off Milwaukee.

The 21-year-old Lyles (5-12) threw a four-hitter in his first complete game in 40 big league starts.

Lyles, Justin Maxwell, Jed Lowrie and Matt Dominguez hit solo home runs.

The Brewers are 27-12 since being 12 games under .500 on Aug. 19.

Lyles (5-12) allowed just four singles in his first complete game in 40 big league starts.

Lyles, Justin Maxwell, Jed Lowrie and Matt Dominguez hit solo home runs.

The 21-year-old Lyles entered the game with a 1-7 record and 6.95 ERA away from Minute Maid Park. He struck out three and walked one.

Mike Fiers (9-10) struck out 10 in six innings, but also gave up Houston's four home runs. He had gone 1-3 with a 6.97 ERA over his previous five starts and ran into more trouble.

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