Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and pinch-hitter RyanDoumit clubbed home runs to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 9-3 win over Milwaukee,
extending the Brewers losing streak to three games.
Atlanta started the night with the fewest runs scored in the majors this season. But they banged out 15 hits against the Brewers, making a winner out of Mike Minor (2-2). Minor gave up two runs and five hits while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings.
Wily Peralta (4-3) took the loss, allowing three runs and nine hits along with a season high four walks. He struck out five in five innings of work.
The Braves, leading 4-3 in the 8th-inning, broke the game open by scoring five runs off of 22-year-old reliever Wei-Chung Wang. Wang allowed Doumit’s solo homer, Upton’s two-run blast and run scoring singles from Andrelton Simmons and Ramiro Pena.
Wang managed to get just two outs before Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke decided to ask a position player to pitch for the second time this season. First baseman Lyle Overbay came on to record the final out in the eighth inning.
Khris Davis and Ryan Braun both homered in the loss for the Brewers. Braun became the fifth player in Brewers history to reach 700 career rbis. He needs 4 rbis to tie Geoff Jenkins for 4th place.
Yovani Gallardo (2-2, 3.07) pitches game two of the series for the Brewers tonight. Julio Teheran (2-3, 2.20) goes for the Braves.