Offense propels Milwaukee past Boston 11-7

MILWAUKEE — The efforts of Keon Broxton and Eric Thames helped the Milwaukee Brewers defeat the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night 11-7 in their first visit to Miller Park in 14 years.

The BoSox were off to an auspicious start, thanks to a first-inning home run from Mookie Betts, but it was short-lived, as Thames and Broxton homered in the bottom half of the inning. Milwaukee would tally five runs in the first, maintaining the lead for the remainder of the night.

Milwaukee now leads the majors with 55 home runs. Broxton was the offensive leader for the Brewers, going 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs and just a double shy of the cycle. He’s also batting .383 over his last 15 games.

“We’re just ready to play, man,” said Broxton. “We can’t wait to get something to drive and hit. I think that’s what we go to sleep thinking about, just getting a good pitch to hit and every guy in this lineup, that’s what we want to do. We want to hit something hard, early.”

Wily Peralta didn’t have as nice of an outing, lasting 4.1 innings, while giving up five hits, four earned runs, and walking three batters. He hasn’t made it out of the sixth inning in his last four starts.

Ryan Braun didn’t exactly jump off the stat sheet after returning from a forearm injury to go 1-for-4 with a run scored in the first inning. He missed a week of action, initially getting rest because of a strained trapezius muscle.

Brewers deal Thornburg to Red Sox for three players

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Milwaukee Brewers have traded reliever Tyler Thornburg to the Boston Red Sox for a package that includes pitcher Josh Pennington, infielder Travis Shaw, and shortstop Mauricio Dubon.

Thornburg figured to be a trade piece for Milwaukee during winter meetings this week after posting near a career-best 2.15 ERA over 67 appearances in 2016. Thornburg went 8-5 with 13 saves and a career-best 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Thornburg’s departure likely opens up the possibility that Corey Knebel becomes Milwaukee’s closer next season.

The Brewers were considering a move to second base for youngster Jonathan Villar, and with the addition of third baseman Travis Shaw, Tom Haudricout of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opines that it likely means Scooter Gennett will get dealt this offseason as well. Gennett had just agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, however. The deal was estimated to be worth about $2.5 million.

Dubon was considered the Red Sox’ No. 12 prospect, while Pennington to 22nd-ranked prospect.

Mets, Red Sox interested in Jeffress and Smith

MILWAUKEE — The New York Mets and Boston Red Sox have expressed interest in Milwaukee Brewers closers Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith,  according to the New York Daily News.

The MLB trade deadline is Aug. 1 and New York and Boston figure to be some of the teams looking to add bullpen depth. The Mets have reportedly had talks with the Brewers but it’s unclear how serious those discussions have become. The Brewers have recently sent scouts to watch some minor league Mets prospects.

Smith is 1-2 with a 2.12 ERA while Jeffress has recorded 23 saves in 40 chances this year.  His ERA currently sits at 2.32.