MLB: Houston 7, Milwaukee 6

Sept. 29, 2012 at 12:19 AM

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Jason Castro hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his two-year career Friday, powering Houston to a 7-6 victory over Milwaukee.

The Brewers slipped to the brink of elimination in the playoff race, falling five games behind St. Louis in the battle for the National League's No. 2 wild card berth.

Brett Wallace and Castro hit back-to-back homers in the fifth to give Houston a 5-1 lead. Castro also hit a solo shot in the eighth in helping the Astros fight off a Brewers' comeback bid.

Milwaukee scored twice in the ninth and had the potential tying run on first base when Norichika Aoki grounded into a game-ending double play.

Wilton Lopez picked up his ninth save despite giving up those two late runs. He salvaged the win for Edgar Gonzalez (3-1), who allowed three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Yovani Gallardo (16-9) took the loss after being touched for five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 frames.

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