Make it five straight wins for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Manager Craig Counsell’s club moved to a season-best 18 games above .500 with a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night at Miller Park.
The visitors jumped on starter Freddy Peralta in the first inning with an Ozzie Albies double, but the young righty settled in and was really good the rest of the way. Peralta ended up going six innings, allowing just the one run and striking out six as he improved to 4-1 on the year.
Milwaukee answered Atlanta’s first inning with a 5-run third inning, that included a 2-run homer from shortstop Tyler Saladino and a 3-run blast by first baseman Jesus Aguilar. For the latter, it was No. 20 on the year, becoming just the third National League player to hit that mark so far this season.
But the story of the game was the Brewers’ bullpen. After Jacob Barnes allowed three runs in the seventh inning without recording an out, Milwaukee turned to lefty Dan Jennings with runners on second and third. All he did was retire the side without allowing another run and kept the lead at 5-4. Jeremy Jeffress threw a scoreless eighth inning and closer Corey Knebel came on to get his 11th save of the year.
The victory, combined with a loss by the Chicago Cubs, increased Milwaukee’s lead in the NL Central to 2.5 games on its rivals to the south.
The Brewers and Braves will play again Saturday night.