MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Manny Parra had enough to earn his first victory in a month.
"I had nothing today," Parra said. "Nothing."
Parra (10-6) won 7-4 at San Francisco last month, then lost four straight decisions over his next five starts. He came in with a 5.70 ERA over the previous five starts, including a poor showing against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday when he gave up 10 hits, matching a season high, and four runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-3 loss.
Again missing his best stuff, Parra still found a way to hold Houston to two runs and six hits. The 25-year-old left-hander walked four and struck out two.
"If I can go out there and have nothing and get away with five innings and the bullpen does what they do and we get a win," he said, "it really doesn't matter."
"We lost it in the eighth," manager Cecil Cooper said. "We had our opportunity. We had a walk, hit batter, bunt single and the bases loaded with nobody out and two pitches later the inning's over. We've got to score there somehow."
Brewers manager Ned Yost was happy with Gagne's economical approach in the eighth.
"Gagne got the bases loaded and out of it all on eight pitches," Yost said.
Kapler also doubled in a run in the first
Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez (7-6) allowed three runs, two earned, and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked five.
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun missed his second consecutive game and ninth of the last 11 with tightness in his lower back. The All-Star outfielder left Monday's game after the sixth inning when the injury flared up during an at-bat. He could pinch hit, but probably won't start until Friday against Pittsburgh. The Brewers are off Thursday. ... Brewers C Mike Rivera dropped Loretta's popup in front of the plate in the seventh, but after appealing to plate umpire Dale Scott, recovered to throw out Loretta, who had his back to the play. ... Weeks returned after missing two games with a sprained left thumb.