Brewers soar to 7-0 win over Braves

ATLANTA — The Milwaukee Brewers avoided a series sweep Sunday afternoon, handing the Atlanta Braves a 7-0 loss behind the stellar pitching of Zach Davies.

Although Davies didn’t record a strikeout, he allowed just four hits over the course of his seven innings, keeping his road record blemish-free. It’s the first game this season in which Davies has made it out of the sixth inning and he was backed up by a flurry of offense.

Travis Shaw didn’t waste any time, blasting a first inning home run that got the attention of Atlanta’s Julio Tehran. Keon Broxton followed suit in the second inning before things really started clicking for Milwaukee. After Davies recorded his first extra-base hit of his career, three runs scored for the Brewers to take Tehran out of the game early.

“The big inning for me was the third when we had two outs and nobody on and we put together five or six at-bats that were outstanding,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “That’s one of our best innings of the year, I think, the way we put it together.”

The Braves left 17 runners on base, which was a problem for the Brewers in the previous two games of the series.

Milwaukee’s offense gets better

The Brewers offense figures to keep rolling this week, as it’s expected Ryan Braun will return from the disabled list to take over the Lewis Brinson, who was demoted to Triple A following the win. Jett Bandy was also sent down and will be replaced by newcomer Stephen Vogt, who was claimed off waivers on Sunday from the Oakland A’s.

Bandy was hitting just .053 in the month of June, with only two hits in 38 at-bats. Vogt comes into Milwaukee with two All-Star selections under his belt, though his batting average has dipped to .217 in the 2017 season.

Davies struggles, offense sputters in 7-3 loss to Pirates

MILWAUKEE — The Pittsburgh Pirates jumped out to a 6-0 lead and ultimately hung on for a 7-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night.

Brewers starter Zach Davies was tagged for all seven runs scored by the Pirates, allowing 10 hits in the process. He left after five innings of work, having yet to make it into the seventh inning this season. In fact, Davies only has three games this season in which he’s thrown six innings. Davies has now allowed 14 earned runs in 15 innings over his last three starts.

“I should be ready from pitch one,” Davies said. “I’m kind of over the mechanical, the sequencing, all those kind of excuses. I think it’s just time to go out and compete.”

But Tuesday night’s loss wasn’t solely on Davies. The offense stranded 21 base runners, with Eric Thames and Manny Piña each going 0-for-5 at the plate. Thames’ last hit was on June 17, making it on base just once since.

One of the few positives for Milwaukee was outfielder Nick Franklin’s two RBI, one of which came on a second-inning home run and the other with an RBI double in the third.

Villar injured in 8-6 win over D-Backs

PHOENIX — The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6 Friday night, but it came at the cost of second baseman Jonathan Villar, who left in the eighth inning after a diving attempt to catch a ball heading into right field.

“He has pretty good back spasms, it’s really locked up,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “The back really tightened up.”

Counsell said Villar’s back spasms were a result of the collision with the ground and x-rays will be taken and analyzed on Saturday.

As for the game itself, Zach Davies threw five innings with four hits and four runs (three earned) and would have stayed in for another inning had it not been for Paul Goldschmidt’s RBI single in the fifth.

That RBI tied the game at 4, but Jesus Aguilar would put the Brewers ahead for good with a two-RBI double in the top of the sixth inning. Manny Pina and Orlando Arcia finished with three-hit performances.

Corey Knebel was masterful out of the bullpen, recording his eighth save of the year. He struck out three batters in 1.1 innings, adding to his total of 57 Ks on the season and 13 this month. Knebel’s season ERA dips to an impressive 1.15 on the year, allowing just 4 earned runs over 31.1 innings.

Brewers shut out Dodgers to avoid series sweep

MILWAUKEE — Zach Davies threw six-plus innings of shutout baseball, backed up by Eric Thames and Domingo Santana home runs to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday afternoon.

Davies allowed just three hits on the afternoon, striking out six batters and helping lower the ERA of Milwaukee’s starters to 1.32 over the last 10 games. After back-to-back bullpen collapses against the Dodgers, Milwaukee avoided the series sweep.

“They’re all in a very good place right now,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s a good feeling when we send a guy out there that’s on top of his game. I feel these guys are on top of their game and we’re getting to see quality outings, for sure.”

Closer Corey Knebel notched his fifth save of the year after blowing his two previous save opportunities. Prior to last night’s game, Milwaukee’s bullpen had given up 16 games — the most in MLB.

The Brewers bats were the only ones making any noise in Sunday’s contest, with Thames going yard in the first inning and Santana following suit in the eighth.

Pitcher Matt Garza was re-evaluated after suffering a chest contusion in Saturday’s 10-8 loss. He relayed the message from his doctor stating that it’s an injury that could get worse by Thursday (his next scheduled start) or it could dissipate.

Mets walk-off against Brewers in 12th inning

NEW YORK — Jay Bruce’s RBI single in the 12th inning gave the New York Mets a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night at Citi Field.

The Mets built up a 4-1 lead heading into the seventh inning before Asdrubal Cabrera’s dropped pop fly allowed the Brewers to strike for three runs and tie the game. But Bruce’s single not only saved Cabrera from taking the heat of a loss, but it backed up Tyler Pill’s first Major League start (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4K, 7 LOB).

“There have been a lot of games where we think we’ve had it wrapped up, and all of the sudden we can’t stop somebody,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “This was one we needed to have.”

The Brewers have now lost seven of their last nine but remain in first place in the National League Central. Zach Davies got Milwaukee off to a solid start, throwing five innings of two-run baseball before Carlos Torres allowed two more runs in the sixth.

“We were fortunate to tie it, obviously,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “But yeah, we missed a lot of opportunities.”

The Brewers left 30 runners on base, compared to the Mets’ 14. New York has guaranteed itself at least a split of the four-game series.

Brewers fall for a fourth straight game, lose Braun and Pina to injury

The Milwaukee Brewers lost 4-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night, and in the process they lost two more players to injury.

Outfielder Ryan Braun left with stiffness in his calf, the same one he injured earlier this season that landed him on the 10-day disabled list, and it appears this one will cost him some time as well.

“It grabbed on him a little in the first inning going after a fly ball,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s just at the point where he’s not able to go out there and run full speed, go after balls in the outfield. So we’re going to have to start over with it.”

Braun’s departure wasn’t the only low point. Catcher Manny Pina was hit in the elbow by a pitch and had to leave the game, though the news on him is more encouraging.

“Manny’s got a left elbow contusion,” Counsell said. “X-rays were negative. He’s just day-to-day. He was feeling OK after the game. [We] probably dodged something there.”

The injuries were all a part of another miserable night for Milwaukee, which lost for a fourth time in a row. The Brewers hitters had no answer for Arizona starter Robbie Ray, who allowed just two hits over seven innings of work and struck out nine. On the other side of the things, Zach Davies was solid, going six innings and giving up three runs but ended up taking the loss.

With the loss, Milwaukee dropped a ½ game back of Chicago at the top of the NL Central.

It’ll be the Brewers and Diamondbacks again on Friday night at Miller Park. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

Thames sets franchise-record, Brewers beat Reds 9-1

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames mashed his 11th home run of the year, setting a franchise record for the month of April in a 9-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night.

Thames now leads the majors in home runs, slugging percentage (.929), on-base plus slugging (1.411), and runs scored (25). Having faced steroid accusations for most of his life, Thames joked about the process following the win.

“This whole thing is surprising me, as well,” Thames said of his hot start to the season. “I really have no goals for this year. I wasn’t trying to break any records or set anything. I just wanted to apply what I learned in Korea to see how it would fare here. I’m shocked at all the results.”

“So, yeah, if people keep thinking I’m on stuff, I’ll be here every day. I have lots of blood and urine.”

But it was more than just Thames who contributed to the win. Hernan Perez hit a pair of RBI triples along with a home run, while Jonathan Villar added four RBIs. Zach Davies was masterful from the mound, throwing five innings of shutout baseball, striking out six Reds batters in the process.

Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana struggled at the plate, going 0-for-4 and 0-for-5, respectively.

The win puts Milwaukee two games out of first place in the National League Central behind the Chicago Cubs.

Thames, Shaw power the Brewers past St. Louis 7-5

Eric Thames and Travis Shaw combined for five RBI’s to help the Milwaukee Brewers power their way past the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 Thursday night at Miller Park.

Shaw got the party started in the bottom of the first inning, drilling a 3-run homer into the right field stands that measured 465-feet, the longest deep ball of the year in the Major Leagues. It was the third baseman’s fifth homer of the season.

Later, with St. Louis leading 4-3 in the fifth inning, Thames introduced himself to pitcher Carlos Martinez with a 2-run shot, his MLB-leading eighth home run of the year, to give Milwaukee a lead it would not relinquish.

The duo of Shaw and Thames combined to go 4 of 8 on the night with three runs scored, and Thames upped his batting average to .415 on the year.

Starter Zach Davies (1-2) got his first win of the year by going 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking a pair. He turned things over to a bullpen that held St. Louis to just three hits and one run the rest of the way.

The win snapped a 2-game losing streak and allowed the Brewers to move back above .500 to 9-8 on the season.

It’ll be the same two teams tonight at Miller Park. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

Brewers can’t slow Reds in 7-5 loss

CINCINNATI — Eric Thames homered twice, but the Milwaukee Brewers still fell to the Cincinnati Reds Saturday afternoon at Great American Ballpark.

The former Korean star now leads Milwaukee with five home runs, but Cincinnati’s bats were hot as well, recording 11 hits in the win. Scooter Gennett drove in two runs against his former team, taking advantage of a bullpen playing from behind. Starter Zach Davies allowed three earned runs on five hits in five innings of work.

Reds starter Brandon Finnegan left after one inning on the mound due to a lat strain. Raisel Iglesias would pick up the win, throwing two innings of one-run ball.

Hernan Perez provided a silver lining for the Brewers, driving in three runs on a first-inning double and a sixth-inning solo blast that held up under umpire review. Perez finished 3-for-4 at the plate.

Cubs ride early lead to 7-4 victory over Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Another rough start for Zach Davies led to his second loss of the season, as the Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Chicago Cubs 7-4 at Miller Park Sunday afternoon.

Davies allowed a double to Addison Russell, a triple to Jason Heyward, and a home run to Kyle Schwarber to put the Brewers in a 5-0 hole entering the bottom of the second inning. While he finished out the remainder of his five innings allowing just one more hit throughout the day, the Milwaukee offense couldn’t pick up the slack.

Ryan Braun did his best, driving in three on a home run to center field in the third inning to cut the deficit to two. Chicago would open it back up by adding a pair of runs in the seventh inning, which was set up by a throwing error that allowed a base-runner to advance to second.

Jake Arrieta excelled on the mound for Chicago, racking up 10 strikeouts in a seven-inning performance.

After losing their first series against the Cubs, the Brewers will get another shot on the road when they meet Chicago again Apr. 17-19. Milwaukee’s next nine games are on the road and won’t return to Miller Park until Apr. 20.