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Small ball backs Anderson in win vs. Giants

Right-hander strikes out three in six innings of one-run ball; Braun drives in two
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers scored just enough to beat Madison Bumgarner on Friday night -- and a big bat was on the way.

The Brewers announced a trade for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas after the final out of their 3-1 win over Bumgarner and the Giants at AT&T Park, a victory fueled by a stout pitching performance led by starter Chase Anderson, Ryan Braun's two RBIs and a healthy dose of small ball.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers scored just enough to beat Madison Bumgarner on Friday night -- and a big bat was on the way.

The Brewers announced a trade for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas after the final out of their 3-1 win over Bumgarner and the Giants at AT&T Park, a victory fueled by a stout pitching performance led by starter Chase Anderson, Ryan Braun's two RBIs and a healthy dose of small ball.

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"There wasn't a lot of offense tonight, but we got runs in with some situational things and moving runners and good baserunning," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. "It's what it takes here [at AT&T Park] to score runs, I think. And we pitched brilliantly."

Video: MIL@SF: Counsell talks playing small ball in 3-1 win

Relievers Joakim Soria (in his Brewers debut), Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel covered the final three innings for the Brewers' fifth win in seven games following a seven-game losing streak. It came after the National League Central-leading Cubs lost to the Cardinals in St. Louis, lifting the Brewers back to within 1 1/2 games of first place.

On another chilly night by the bay, Anderson delivered his finest start since the Fourth of July -- six innings, four hits, one run, no walks and three strikeouts. All of the Giants hits against him were doubles, including back-to-back from Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford for a 1-0 San Francisco lead to start the second inning.

Anderson held it there, and Braun led a station-to-station comeback.

"It's always going to be a pitchers' duel when you go against a guy like [Bumgarner], so my job is to just keep the game close," said Anderson, who employed a new warm-up routine suggested by pitching coach Derek Johnson. "Just really, really impressed with our guys and how they grinded."

After hitting 100-plus mph lineouts in each of his first two at-bats, Braun drove in the Brewers' first run with a 105 mph groundout off Bumgarner in the sixth, set up by a single and a walk.

Video: MIL@SF: Braun drives in Broxton with a groundout

An inning later, Hernan Perez singled, advanced on Manny Pina's sacrifice bunt, stole third base and scored on Orlando Arcia's go-ahead groundout.

And an inning after that, Christian Yelich doubled for the second time -- the first extended his hitting streak to 11 games -- and scored on Braun's base hit. It marked a welcome payoff for Braun, whose .261 batting average on balls in play is an indication of some bad luck.

Video: MIL@SF: Braun lines an RBI single to right in the 8th

"I mean, you start to shake your head after the second at-bat and wonder what's going on here," said Counsell. "You hope it turns, you've got to believe it turns, and you've got two more big at-bats. He made the most out of the next two at-bats and got something done with them."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Contact play: The Brewers don't play much small ball, but their go-ahead run against Bumgarner in the seventh inning was a textbook example of it. After Perez's single leading off the inning, Pina executed only his second sacrifice bunt in 692 Major League plate appearances. Perez's ninth stolen base put the go-ahead runner at third for .193-hitting Arcia, who'd singled in the fifth for his only hit in two games since returning from a demotion to Triple-A. On Bumgarner's seventh pitch, Arcia hit a ground ball to third baseman Evan Longoria and Perez broke on contact. Longoria briefly considered throwing home before opting for the out at first base instead.

Video: MIL@SF: Arcia grounds out, Perez scores to take lead

"Arcia's at-bat was huge to get that run in," Anderson said. "[Perez] stealing third there was huge, too. Just really good, smart offensive plays out there. I'm really happy for Orlando. He really focused in on that moment really well."

Said Counsell: "I don't think [Longoria] had a play, and it looked like a little bobble. That's why you go on contact. Because you make the player rush. … That's the risk you take, and you put the pressure on the other team."

Jeffress vs. Posey: The Giants' last gasp came in the eighth inning against Jeffress, who was protecting a two-run lead while pitching a second straight day and for the third time in four days. Jeffress struck out the first two men he faced before a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for Posey, who grounded out to end the threat.

 Video: MIL@SF: Jeffress induces groundout, leaves bases full

HE SAID IT
"Wade Miley comes in and says, 'Hey, I guess we're going to try to out-power some people.' I like it because our lineup already, we've got some juice in there and adding him into the fold is going to be huge for us to make our lineup that much more deep. It's really going to boost our morale in here." -- Anderson, on landing Moustakas

UP NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin will make his team-leading 23rd start for the Brewers on Saturday, bidding to build on a season-high nine strikeouts in Monday's win over the Nationals at Miller Park. The Brewers are 15-7 when Chacin takes the mound. Johnny Cueto's first pitch for the Giants is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. CT.

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

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