MILWAUKEE -- The Braves rallied to spoil Wily Peralta's homecoming party.In his first big league start since he was demoted to the Minors in June, Peralta held Atlanta scoreless on two hits through six scoreless innings, before the Braves knocked him out of the game with a two-run seventh. Atlanta
MILWAUKEE -- The Braves rallied to spoil Wily Peralta's homecoming party.
In his first big league start since he was demoted to the Minors in June, Peralta held Atlanta scoreless on two hits through six scoreless innings, before the Braves knocked him out of the game with a two-run seventh. Atlanta held on for a 2-1 win at Miller Park on Tuesday.
Atlanta has won four straight games, six of its last seven and 10 of its past 14. The Braves didn't record their 10th win until the 40th game of this season.
"I think you've just got to stay the course," said Brian Snitker, who became the Braves manager when the team was 9-29. "When you handle adversity, there are good things on the other end. You take ownership and handle it. The way these guys come to the ballpark and prepare everyday is very impressive to me."
Ryan Braun's fourth-inning home run off Braves starter Tyrell Jenkins gave Peralta a lead, and the big right-hander held long enough to throw his first pitches in a seventh inning all season. He did not record an out in the inning, however. Freddie Freeman walked before Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis knocked successive singles to tie the game at 1. Reliever Michael Blazek took over for Peralta and surrendered another run-scoring single, to Adonis García, for a 2-1 Braves lead.
Jenkins allowed one run on three hits in six innings for the second straight start -- and this time was rewarded with a win when closer Mauricio Cabrera touched 103 mph en route to his third save.
The Brewers have lost three games in a row and five of their last six, but Peralta's quality return gave them a lift.
"It's been two months since I pitched here," Peralta said. "It was an exciting moment."
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Form tackle: Every time Peralta found trouble in the early innings, a defender was there to bail him out. When Ender Inciarte walked on the game's first four pitches, catcher Manny Piña threw him out trying to steal second. When Garcia hit a grounder up the middle in the second, Brewers second baseman Hernán Pérez made a terrific pick and throw to first. After Peralta threw away Jenkins' sacrifice bunt in the third, Pina picked off Anthony Recker at second base. And when Erick Aybar hit an infield single in the fourth for the Braves' first hit, then took off from first on a pitch in the dirt, Pina was there once again. He threw to shortstop Orlando Arcia, who started a rundown that ended with 245-pound first baseman Chris Carter tagging -- and tackling -- Aybar near second base.
Walks don't always kill: Jenkins has issued 11 walks in 18 innings over his past three starts, but just one of those walks has led to a run. The right-hander issued three walks on Tuesday, the first two of which were negated by ground-ball double plays turned in the first two innings. His sixth-inning leadoff walk to Jonathan Villar proved harmless when Villar was thrown out attempting to steal second base at the back end of a Braun strikeout.
"We stressed in our meeting, the only guy we don't want to let hurt us in Braun, and I kept that in mind," Jenkins said. "The first time I walked him, it wasn't really intentional. It just kind of got away from me. The home run was just a pitch over the middle, and that's just what he does. The strikeout in the sixth was big. Keeping Villar close at first base was big, helping [Recker] throw him out, even though he was going to throw him out anyway."
Another Braun blast: Braun was relatively quiet in July, but he has been swinging a potent bat in August, even as opposing pitchers work him even more carefully since the departure of cleanup hitter Jonathan Lucroy. In Braun's first seven games since Lucroy was dealt to the Rangers, Braun has hit five home runs from the three-hole, including his solo shot off Jenkins on Tuesday.
"With the exception of Saturday night in Arizona [a 15-6 Brewers win], we've struggled scoring runs a little bit here," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Certainly taking a hitter like 'Luc' out of the lineup, you can't replace that. But we just have to do it with the guys in there. That's what we've got. They'll produce."
"Guys have a lot of energy in the dugout and we're excited. Winning is always fun for anybody, whether you're playing for a playoff spot or next year or whatever it might be." -- Jenkins, on the Braves' recent stretch of wins
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Peralta returned from his Minor League stint with extra kick on his fastball. In his first 13 starts, beginning with an Opening Day loss to the Giants, Peralta threw 24 fastballs above 97 mph, and only one fastball that topped 98 -- a two-seamer to the Giants' Joe Panik that induced a groundout to end Peralta's first inning of the season. On Tuesday alone, Peralta threw 18 pitches above 97 mph and seven pitches above 98. He even topped 99 mph for the first time this season, with a 99.3 mph two-seamer that induced Freeman's groundout in the fourth.
Ender Inciarte's hitting streak was snapped at 19 games, as he went hitless in three at-bats and drew a walk on Tuesday. This was the longest hitting streak by a Braves player since Evan Gattis recorded a hit in 20 consecutive games in 2014.
There was a review upon a review in the eighth, when the Brewers successfully extended the inning. Counsell asked the umps to check whether Aybar had contact with second base while turning an inning-ending double play, and indeed he did not. Then, the umpires reviewed Pina's slide toward the same bag, to check for a violation of the Chase Utley rule. There was not, so the Brewers had the tying runner on base with two outs for Arcia, who grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice against Chaz Roe.
The Braves unsuccessfully challenged Garcia was hit by a pitch with two outs in the second inning. The call was upheld after a replay review showed Peralta's pitch hit the knob of the bat before hitting Garcia's hand.
Braves:Joel De La Cruz will take the mound when Atlanta and Milwaukee resume their four-game series at Miller Park on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. ET. De La Cruz has surrendered just one run over the 9 2/3 innings he's totaled in two starts since being moved from the bullpen to the rotation.
Brewers:Chase Anderson will be on the mound when the series rolls along Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. CT. The righty is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA over his last three starts, including a no-decision in his most recent outing in Arizona.
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