The Milwaukee Brewers banged out seven doubles and right-hander Mike Fiers was dominant for a third straight start, retiring the final 18 batters he faced in a 6-1 win Tuesday over the Toronto Blue Jays at Miller Park.
The win was the fifth in a row for the Brewers (71-55), who remained 2½ games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.
Milwaukee roughed up Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ (8-8), knocking him out in the fourth inning after scoring four runs on six hits—five of them for extra bases.
The Brewers got things going fast. Carlos Gomez led off the bottom of the first with a double and came around when Jonathan Lucroy belted a double of his own. One out later, Aramis Ramirez got into the act with a double to score Lucroy.
The Jays (64-62) got to Fiers (3-1) briefly in the second. Dioner Navarro led off with a single and Colby Rasmus followed with a double to right that left runners at second and third. After former Brewer Juan Francisco struck out—some things never change—Munenori Kawasaki grounded out as Navarro scored to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 2-1.
That would be all Toronto would get.
After Rasmus’ double, the Blue Jays didn’t get another baserunner as Fiers and two relievers combined to set down the final 24 Toronto batters in order.
Fiers won his third straight start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville to slot into the starting rotation in place of injured Matt Garza. He allowed a run on two hits, walked one and struck out six.
In his three starts, the 29-year-old has surrendered just two runs in 21 innings, allowing just eight hits with three walks and 25 Ks. Opponents are hitting .116 against him in that span.
The Brewers went double crazy again in the third. Lucroy doubled again—extending his National League lead to 42—and Ryan Braun lined a double to right to make it a 3-1 game. After Ramirez flew out to right and Braun advanced to third, Khris Davis lofted a sacrifice fly to center.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ramirez belted a ground-rule double to right-center and scored when Davis doubled to right. Davis made it 6-1, scoring on Rickie Weeks’ single up the middle.
Davis was 2-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly, while Lucroy and Ramirez each went 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Milwaukee closes out the short two-game set with Toronto at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Park. The Brewers will start right-hander Jimmy Nelson (2-3, 3.86 ERA), while the Blue Jays counter with right-hander R.A. Dickey (9-12, 3.95 ERA).