Wily Peralta became the first pitcher in the majors to get to 14 wins, pitching 6.2 solid innings Thursday as the Milwaukee Brewers took the rubber game of their series with the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park, 3-1.
Peralta (14-6) allowed just one run on seven hits, walking one and fanning nine. He’s now won his last five starts, with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.091 WHIP in 33 innings.
Jeremy Jeffress worked a scoreless inning, walking one and fanning two. Will Smith gave up a hit but struck out Brandon Crawford to end the eighth with runners at first and second, while Francisco Rodriguez worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 34th save.
After the Giants (62-53) tied the game on Hunter Pence’s RBI single in the fifth, Milwaukee (63-52) got the lead back in the bottom of the sixth.
Aramis Ramirez led off the inning with a double off starter Jake Peavy (0-3) and Khris Davis followed with a ground-rule double down the right-field line. Fan interference was called on the play, preventing Davis from trying for another bag.
The Brewers scored in the bottom of the first. Carlos Gomez led off with a single, but was thrown out trying to steal second.
Lucroy and Ramirez each went 2-for-4 to pace Milwaukee’s nine-hit attack.
With the win, coupled with wins Thursday by the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, the Brewers maintained their one-game lead in the National League Central over the Cards. The Pirates remained 1½ games behind and the Reds are still four games off the pace.
Milwaukee opens a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park on Friday at 7:10 p.m. Kyle Lohse (11-6, 3.40 ERA) looks to bounce back from a rough outing in St. Louis last weekend. He will take on right-hander Roberto Hernandez (6-8, 3.87 ERA), who the Dodgers acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.
Hernandez beat the Brewers at Miller Park on July 9 for the Phillies, allowing a run on three hits in eight innings while needing only 84 pitches.