Atlanta’s Julio Teheran struck out 12 Brewers on Tuesday night, but Scooter Gennett made a couple of key plays to lead Milwaukee to victory.
Teheran and Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson were locked in a battle and eventually removed with the score tied 1-1.
Gennett held the tag on Mallex Smith on a stolen base attempt. A replay challenge showed that Smith lost contact with the base and Gennett’s effort forced an out call.
In the 8th inning, with two outs, Jonathan Villar worked a walk, stole second and scored on Gennett’s single to right to give the Brewers the lead and eventually the game.
Tyler Thornburg pitched a scoreless 8th and Jeremy Jeffress came on to nail down his 12th save.
Ryan Braun gave the Brewers their first run, a home run to center in the fourth.
The Brewers ended their three-game losing streak and the Braves fell to two-and-18 at home this season, the worst mark in the majors.
Game two of the series is tonight.