Ryan Braun hits 29th home run to lead Brewers past Astros

MILWAUKEE -- Don't tell Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers that time is running out to get back in the playoff race.

Braun hit his NL-leading 29th homer and the Brewers connected four times Wednesday, beating the sloppy Houston Astros 13-4 to complete a three-game sweep.

The defending NL Central champions began the day 15 games behind first-place Cincinnati and 12 out in the wild-card standings.

"There's no reason to give up," Braun said. "Why are you going to give up, ever? I think until you're mathematically eliminated, you're going to continue to believe you have a chance. There's a lot of crazy things that have happened throughout the course of the history of this game."

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