Braves 6, Brewers 2

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke saw signs of improvement in

Yovani Gallardo’s start against the Atlanta Braves.

A frustrated Gallardo is looking for signs of improvement he can

see in a boxscore.

Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run double to give Atlanta the lead

and the Braves finally solved Gallardo, beating the Milwaukee

Brewers 6-2 on Monday night.

Gallardo began the day 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in five career starts

against Atlanta, including a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win on April

5 in Milwaukee.

On Monday night, he allowed nine hits and five runs in five-plus

innings. The right-hander matched his season high with four walks

while striking out seven.

”I felt fine going into the sixth inning,” Gallardo said.

”Just lost command of the zone. Just one of those things. I have

to figure it out soon. It’s obvious I haven’t been pitching well. I

just have to figure it out.”

The right-hander has allowed four or more earned runs in five

straight starts, leaving his ERA at 6.10.

”I thought he looked better this time than he did his last

outing,” Roenicke said. ”Still isn’t like we saw in the first

couple games, but we thought it was better. Rhythm was better.

”The walks hurt him but I didn’t think they hit the ball that

hard. This guy is used to being in every ball game that he pitches.

He’s used to keeping that run total down. I’m sure he’s getting a

little frustrated with it but I think there is improvement

there.”

David Ross hit a homer in the third inning before the Braves

knocked Gallardo (2-2) out of the game in the sixth. Gonzalez

cleared the bases with his double before scoring on a single by

Nate McLouth.

The four runs Gallardo allowed in the sixth matched his total

allowed over 37 1/3 innings in his first five starts against the

Braves.

”I definitely felt better,” Gallardo said. ”That shows you

how things are going for me right now. I felt fine those first five

innings, just left that one pitch up to Ross. He hit if out of the

park.”

Jair Jurrjens (3-0) gave up two runs on seven hits and no walks

in 7 2/3 innings. He had four strikeouts.

The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Yuniesky

Betancourt’s two-run triple. Jurrjens retired the next 11 batters

before giving up infield singles to Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez

in the eighth.

The double by Gonzalez in the sixth drove in Chipper Jones, Dan

Uggla and Freddie Freeman. Jones and Freeman reached on walks from

Gallardo.

Jason Heyward walked off Zach Braddock in the seventh, moved to

third on Jones’ double and scored on a head-first slide on

Freeman’s broken-bat fly ball to center field.

Ross, Atlanta’s backup catcher, hit his third homer in his 19th

at-bat. Ross plays behind All-Star Brian McCann, who has two homers

in 97 at-bats.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he may continue to pair Ross

with Jurrjens as a way of giving McCann a rest every five

games.

Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for Atlanta.

Notes: Manager Ron Roenicke said the Brewers expect to activate

OF Nyjer Morgan (right quadriceps contusion) from the 15-day

disabled list on Tuesday. RHP Zack Greinke (fractured left rib) is

scheduled to be activated to start against the Braves on Wednesday.

… Jurrjens threw 101 pitches, including 73 strikes. …

Attendance was 14,126. … Corey Hart, running toward the foul

line, made a diving catch to take a hit away from Ross in the

eighth.