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Brewers ride four-run second to victory

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MILWAUKEE -- Chase Anderson extended his scoreless streak to a career-long 21 2/3 innings with another 7 2/3 spotless frames Tuesday, and the Brewers backed him by scoring all of their runs in the first three innings of a 5-2 win over the Giants at Miller Park.

"The guys swinging the bat, you could really just relax today," said Anderson. "It was nice going out there and having a lead and trying to run with that."

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MILWAUKEE -- Chase Anderson extended his scoreless streak to a career-long 21 2/3 innings with another 7 2/3 spotless frames Tuesday, and the Brewers backed him by scoring all of their runs in the first three innings of a 5-2 win over the Giants at Miller Park.

"The guys swinging the bat, you could really just relax today," said Anderson. "It was nice going out there and having a lead and trying to run with that."

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The Giants mustered six singles and a walk against Anderson, who worked around those baserunners with the aid of four double plays, and exited to a standing ovation with two outs and a runner aboard in the eighth. Anderson struck out four and threw 110 pitches in his sixth quality start, matching his total from last season.

Video: SF@MIL: Anderson tosses 7 2/3 scoreless, slugs double

Brewers third baseman Hernan Perez sparked Milwaukee's four-run second inning with a solo home run against the Giants' Matt Cain, who lost his fourth straight start after allowing five earned runs on 10 hits in five innings. Cain walked two, struck out three and saw his ERA rise to 6.60 in seven career starts in Milwaukee.

"He could have fared a lot better than what happened tonight," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Their guy [Anderson] was really good. He's got good stuff. Velocity. Had a good changeup, breaking ball. He's been throwing well, and he threw well tonight."

The Giants made things interesting by scoring twice in the ninth and getting three shots with the tying run at the plate, but Corey Knebel retired all three hitters he faced for the save.

Video: SF@MIL: Knebel earns the save in the 9th

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Four score: Perez started the Brewers' big rally against Cain, and it continued with five more hits and a walk as Milwaukee sent 10 men to the plate. Cain came within inches of escaping the inning with only one run across when Eric Sogard lifted a fly ball down the left-field line that barely eluded Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, third baseman Eduardo Nunez and left fielder Austin Slater for two Brewers runs. Domingo Santana followed with an RBI single to make it 4-0.

Video: SF@MIL: Sogard drops a two-run double to left field

"We got fortunate. He snuck it in there," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "But it was a big inning and some big two-out hits kept it going. It was kind of quick and then we got quiet for the rest of the night. A good four-run inning was big."

"It's tough, but that's part of the game," Cain said. "There's not much you can do about it really. You make the quality pitch you wanted to, the guy puts a good swing on it and it falls in between three guys."

Giants don't go quietly: The Brewers' hopes for a second shutout in three games were dashed when their recent bullpen woes continued in the ninth. Carlos Torres, who'd retired the final batter in the eighth, surrendered three straight singles in the ninth before throwing away a Crawford comebacker that had double play written all over it. A run scored on that play, cutting Milwaukee's lead to 5-2 and prompting a call for Knebel, who struck out Hunter Pence and induced a pair of groundouts to end the game.

"Carlos is a really good fielder, so it surprises you," Counsell said. "He's probably one of the guys you really want the ball hit to. To me, he's outstanding at it. He just made a throw a little wide of the bag, unfortunately."

QUOTABLE
"That was fun, for sure. I didn't really know where second base was." -- Anderson, on his RBI double off Cain in the third, his first career extra-base hit

Video: SF@MIL: Anderson lines an RBI double to left field

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When Knebel struck out Pence for the first out of the ninth, it gave the right-hander at least one whiff in all 30 of his appearances this season. That stands alone as the second-longest streak for a reliever to open a season in Major League history. Aroldis Chapman struck out at least one batter in his first 37 games for the Reds in 2014.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Counsell won a challenge in the sixth after Austin Slater legged out an infield hit. After review, Perez's throw popped Aguilar's glove just in time, and the call was overturned.

Video: SF@MIL: Perez makes a nice play after challenge

WHAT'S NEXT
Giants: Ty Blach seeks his sixth straight quality start when he faces the Brewers for the first time at 5:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday. The lefty is coming off a complete-game shutout of the Phillies on June 2.

Brewers: Jimmy Nelson will look to build off his last two outings against the Giants at 7:10 p.m. CT on Wednesday. The righty struck out 10 batters in each game and did not allow a walk, becoming the first Brewers player in franchise history to accomplish this feat.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Giants on Tuesday.