Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Villar (5) is tagged out
at third by Atlanta Braves third baseman Gordon
Beckham (7) on a Ryan Braun ground ball in the sixth
inning of baseball game Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in
The Milwaukee Brewers
had the perfect scenario to snap its string of road
losses — facing an Atlanta Braves team that has the
majors' worst home record.
Scooter Gennett's tiebreaking single in the eighth
inning lifted the Brewers to a 2-1 victory over Atlanta
on Tuesday night, ending Milwaukee's streak of four
straight road losses.
The Brewers improved to only 7-14 on the road, but
the Braves have been even worse at home — now 2-18 with
no series wins. Milwaukee, still looking for its first
road series win, was swept in three games at the Mets
before this series.
"It's very important, especially after the series we
had with New York," Gennett said. "Hopefully we can take
the series tomorrow."
With two outs in the eighth, Bud Norris (1-6) walked
Jonathan Villar, who stole second base. Gennett then
lined a single to right field. Villar scored as Nick
Markakis' throw to the plate from right field was up the
Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Villar (5) scores in
front of Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers (25)
on a Scooter Gennett base hit in the eighth inning.
Ryan Braun's eighth homer
gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the fourth.
Braves starter Julio Teheran set a personal high with 12
strikeouts while allowing one run in seven innings. He
is 1-2 with a 0.89 ERA over his last six starts. He has
42 strikeouts and nine walks in that span.
"Teheran has been pitching as well as anybody in the
league," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "I think
we anticipated a low-scoring game, and both pitchers
Jimmy Nelson allowed one run in six innings for
Atlanta Braves interim manager Brian Snitker (43)
gives a sign from the dugout.
The loss spoiled Brian
Snitker's home debut as the Braves' interim manager.
Snitker, the former Triple-A Gwinnett manager, was
promoted after Fredi Gonzalez was fired on May 17.
"It's exciting. Wish the outcome was different," Snitker
Michael Blazek (2-1) pitched a scoreless seventh. Jeremy
Jeffress recorded the final three outs to earn his 12th
Mallex Smith tied the score by driving in Erick Aybar
from second base with a fifth-inning triple to the
Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun (8) celebrates with
third base coach Ed Sedar (6) after hitting a
solo-home run in the fourth inning.
The Braves loaded the bases with no outs in the second
but could not score. Aybar lined into a double play
before Teheran's groundout to second base ended the
1-1 ON REVIEWS
Blazek walked Smith in the seventh. Smith was called
safe stealing second before a review showed he popped
off the bag while the tag was being applied by Gennett,
ending the inning.
Counsell asked for another review in the eighth after
Ramon Flores was picked off first base. This time the
4 WHIFFS, 1 INNING
Teheran logged four strikeouts in the second inning.
After fanning Jonathan Lucroy and Chris Carter, Teheran
struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but the third strike was a
wild pitch that enabled Nieuwenhuis to reach first base.
Following Aaron Hill's single, Flores struck out to end
Craig Kimbrel recorded Atlanta's last four-strikeout
inning against Miami on Sept. 26, 2012.
Carter had four of the Brewers' 15 strikeouts.
Brewers: LHP Will Smith (sprained right knee) threw a
scoreless inning with one strikeout and one hit allowed
in his first rehab stint with Class A Brevard County on
Tuesday. ... RHP Corey Knebel (left oblique strain) and
RHP Matt Garza (right latissimus strain) are moving
closer to rehab assignments.
Braves: RHP Shae Simmons has had good results at
Triple-A Gwinnett in his comeback from Tommy John
surgery. He could be promoted in June, providing a
possible boost for the bullpen. "That would be like
making a nice trade when you get him back," Snitker
said. ... LHP Manny Banuelos (left elbow inflammation)
was activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned
to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (3-0), who had 11 strikeouts
while allowing three runs over seven innings in a 5-3
win over the Cubs on Thursday, will make his fifth start
when he faces the Braves on Wednesday night. The Brewers
are 4-0 in his starts.
Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz will try to regain his
momentum after lasting only three innings, allowing five
runs, in an 8-2 loss at Pittsburgh last Thursday. He
allowed a combined two runs over 15 innings in his two