MILWAUKEE - For a team with big league-worst 106 losses, the Houston Astros have one accomplishment this season: They eliminated the Milwaukee Brewers from playoff contention.
Jordan Lyles, a 21-year-old who entered with a 1-7 record and 6.95 ERA on the road this season, pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game in 40 career starts and hit his first home run in the Astros' 7-0 victory Sunday.
"It was awesome to finish up this up-and-down season with a pretty good start," Lyles said.
He struck out three and walked one, throwing 64 of 103 pitches for strikes.
Milwaukee, which lost to St. Louis in Game 7 of last year's NL championship series, surged but fell shot.
The Brewers were 12 games under .500 on Aug. 19, then went 27-12.
But they lost two of three to the last-place Astros.
"For us to come out and get shut out, that was probably the last thing that I thought would happen," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "But Lyles did throw a nice game. He had good movement. I thought we'd come out and play a good series here against Houston, and we didn't."
Houston won a series at Milwaukee for the first time since taking two of three in July 2008.