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Brewers 6, Astros 1: McHugh, offense stumble at home

At least, these ones don't count...

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The Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers were facing each other in a final round of preparation for the 2016 MLB season. Collin McHugh and a possbile Astros Opening Day lineup couldn't pull out a win, falling 6-1.

The Brewers sent out three-year starter Jimmy Nelson. Nelson looked fully prepared for Opening Day as he held the Astros to two hits over 5 1/3 innings  and striking out five.

McHugh on the other hands struggled with his command, allowing four runs over five innings on 6 hits and a walk.

The Brewers got on the board first in the second with singles from Jonathan Lucroy, Chris Carter, and Aaron Hill -- scoring Lucroy.

Ryan Braun smacked a home run over the left-center field wall in the fourth inning to put the Brewers up 3-0.

Lucroy generated another run in the foruth. He reached on a single, moved to second on Carter walk and was forced to third on a Ramon Flores ground out. Hill drove Lucroy home for a second time with a scarfice fly.

The Lucroy show wasn't finished, he doubled home Braun from first base in the sixth inning off the Astros incumbent-closer Luke Gregerson. Flores hit a line drive to right field, scoring Lucroy.

Preston Tucker and Tyler White combined to score the Astros' lone run. Tucker double to right field and White flipped a pitch to right deep enough to score Tucker.

Alex Presley generated one last run for the Brewers in the ninth -- ripping a one-out double to left. Colin Walsh followed with a single to right, scoring Presley.

Ken Giles pitched a clean seventh inning for Houston, striking out Domingo Santana and Scooter Gennett.