Brewers score in all 8 innings they bat, beat Braves
MILWAUKEE (AP) Chris Carter hit an early home run and the Milwaukee Brewers scored in every inning they batted to beat the Atlanta Braves 11-3 Thursday.
The Brewers scored in each inning for the first time in franchise history. It was just the eighth time since 1961 a team scored in every inning it hit during a nine-inning game, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
Carter hit a two-run homer in the first. Scooter Gennett and Hernan Perez later hit solo homers to help Milwaukee build a 6-0 lead.
After scoring eight runs in the first three games of the series, the Brewers broke loose and wound up with 14 hits.
Matt Garza (4-4) won his third straight start, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings.
Making his second start of the season, Roberto Hernandez (1-1) gave up five runs and seven hits in four innings.
Erick Aybar homered and Nick Markakis had an RBI single in the Atlanta sixth. Aybar also doubled and singled.
The Brewers broke open the game in the bottom half on a three-run double by Manny Pina.
The Brewers took a 3-0 lead in the second when they tried a double steal. Pina was tagged out between second and first, but Keon Broxton scampered home.
Gennett added a two-out, RBI single in the fifth inning off Brandon Cunniff.
By going 3 for 5, Brewers 3B Jonathan Villar is hitting .432 (16 for 37) since moving from shortstop to third base to allow top prospect Orlando Arcia into the lineup.
ON THE BOARD
Pina's double gave him the first three-RBI game of his career. The 29-year-old was making his third start for the Brewers since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Aug. 1. He played five games with Kansas City over the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Braves: RHP Joel De La Cruz is hoping to be able to make his next start after leaving Wednesday's game with a right knee contusion.
Brewers: OF Domingo Santana (right elbow soreness) will play his third rehab game with Class A Wisconsin on Thursday in Beloit. OF Ryan Braun was given the day off.
Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (5-5, 4.37 ERA) will face Washington for the first time in his career Friday. He limited the Cardinals to one run over six innings in his last start.
Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-11, 4.02 ERA) will look to snap out of a rut when he faces Cincinnati on Friday. After posting a 2.88 ERA in his first 11 starts, Nelson is 1-8 with a 5.40 ERA in his last 12.