Brewers: Braves batter Kyle Lohse, end Crew’s streak at 8 games


Kyle Lohse wasn’t fooling the Atlanta Braves Monday night and the Milwaukee Brewers returned home and saw their eight-game winning streak disappear in a 5-3 loss at Miller Park.

Lohse was hit hard—allowing 11 hits in just five innings, including a two-run homer to Kelly Johnson in the top of the first inning that set the tone for his outing.

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Lohse (5-10) continues to have the highest ERA in baseball among qualifiers for the league lead, with the mark increasing to 6.29 after Monday’s outing. Kyle Kendrick of the Colorado Rockies and Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox are the only other starters in baseball with ERAs of 6.00 or worse.

The Brewers (36-49) struck for a first-inning run—making it seven times in their last eight games they’ve scored in their first at-bats—when Gerardo Parra scraped a ball over the wall in right-center off rookie starter Matt Wisler (3-1).

Atlanta (41-42) got to Lohse for two more in the second, scoring on an RBI double by Nick Markakis and a run-scoring single by Johnson.

“He hasn’t been able to get on a roll,” manager Craig Counsell told of Lohse. “He hasn’t had that start where it all kind of comes together. He’s had to fight his way through starts in almost all of his starts, especially recently.”

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In the bottom of the fifth, Jean Segura singled with one out and stole second while Martin Maldonado was striking out.

Pinch-hitter Shane Peterson lofted a soft liner to left to score Segura to cut the Braves’ lead to 4-2. Parra doubled to left, but the Braves gunned down Peterson at the plate to end the inning.

Juan Uribe had an RBI single for Atlanta in the sixth off reliever Corey Knebel, just recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the day when Matt Garza went to the DL with shoulder tendinitis.

Milwaukee got its final run in the sixth. Scooter Gennett led off with a double to right and scored on a two-out single by Carlos Gomez. Aramis Ramirez walked, ending the night for Wisler, and Segura flew out against David Aardsma to end the threat.

The Brewers got a runner to second in the seventh when Hernan Perez laced a pinch-hit double, but he was stranded there.

Wisler, making just his fourth big-league start, allowed three runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings, striking out six. Jason Grilli worked the ninth for his 23rd save.

Jonathan Broxton allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless seventh and Neal Cotts finished with two shutout innings, allowing a hit and a walk while posting one strikeout.

Parra was 2-for-4, the only Brewer with multiple hits.

Adam Lind’s streak of RBIs in nine straight games ended as he was 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. Ryan Braun’s hitting streak also ended at 10 games after he was 0-for-4 and fanned twice.

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    Tyler Cravy (0-1, 2.00 ERA) will start Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. against the Braves, taking the place of Garza in the rotation. It will be just his second big-league start, his first since June 2. He pitched two innings in relief on Friday, allowing a run on three hits and a walk in a 12-1 win at Cincinnati.

    Atlanta counters with rookie left-hander Manny Banuelos (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who allowed two hits in 5.2 shutout innings with seven strikeouts against the Washington Nationals Thursday in his major-league debut.

    Banuelos was one of the top prospects in the New York Yankees’ organization before his career was derailed by Tommy John surgery in 2012.

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