MILWAUKEE (AP) — Braves rookie Matt Wisler made his second career road start Monday night. He fared much better this time around against the hottest team in the majors.
Wisler allowed three runs and seven hits while pitching into the sixth inning, and Atlanta ended the Milwaukee Brewers’ eight-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory.
Wisler had pitched well in two home starts since being called up in mid-June, allowing one run over 15 1/3 innings. In his only other start on the road, he gave up four earned runs and nine hits over four innings at Washington.
Staked to an early lead on Kelly Johnson’s two-run homer in the first, Wisler served up a leadoff shot in the bottom half to Gerardo Parra but then got into a groove.
"I just missed my location but after that I settled in for the most part," said Wisler, who went 5 2/3 innings. "Early on my slider wasn’t as good as it was last game. I had to battle a bit in the fifth and sixth innings and make some pitches."
The game was held up for about nine minutes in the top of the ninth while an injured fan received medical attention after getting hit by a line drive off the bat of Atlanta’s Eury Perez.
The woman, sitting several rows behind Milwaukee’s dugout, was helped to her feet before medical workers placed her on a stretcher and carried her up a flight of stairs to the stadium’s first-level concourse. Her face appeared to be covered with a towel.
After the game, there was no immediate update from the Brewers on the fan’s condition.
"That’s just awful. Our prayers go out to her, for sure," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "You hate to see it. Hope she’s able to recover and enjoy a game again. It’s scary. Very scary."
Johnson drove in three runs and Wisler’s batterymate, A.J. Pierzynski, had four hits — including two doubles.
"He ran out of gas a bit in the sixth inning but he threw the ball well," Pierzynski said. "He threw all of his pitches for strikes. It was a good outing. His last road outing didn’t go so well."
Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save in 24 chances.
Johnson launched a two-run homer to right field in the first off Kyle Lohse. Milwaukee avoided further damage when Juan Uribe was caught in a rundown after attempting to score on a grounder to third later in the inning.
A double by Nick Markakis drove in a run, and Johnson followed with a run-scoring single as Atlanta built its lead to 4-1 in the second. Uribe grounded into an inning-ending double play, stranding a runner at third.
A bloop single by Shane Peterson, pinch-hitting for Lohse, drove in a run to pull the Brewers within two in the fifth. Peterson was thrown out at the plate attempting to score from first on Parra’s double.
Lohse (5-10) gave up four runs and 11 hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Uribe came through in the sixth with a two-out single to drive in a run, making it 5-2.
The Braves left 12 runners on base.
"We had people on base all game long and I’m thinking it’s going to come back and haunt us," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
A two-out, run-scoring single by Carlos Gomez got the Brewers back within two in the bottom of the sixth.
Brewers shortstop Scooter Gennett swung and missed at a pitch from Braves reliever Luis Avilan that then struck him flush on the hip. Gennett squirmed on the ground for a few seconds before a sheepish smile crossed his face. "I tried not to laugh but then the umpire is laughing and (Gennett’s) kind of laughing. I’ve done it. It’s just more of an embarrassment thing," Pierzynski said. "You’re not really hurt, you just know everybody’s going to ride you about it."
Braves: Atlanta has scored just 39 runs in the 16 games missed by 1B Freddie Freeman, on the disabled list with a bruised right wrist. The team has averaged four runs per game with Freeman in the lineup.
Brewers: RHP Matt Garza was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 3, with right shoulder tendinitis. "This was just a good spot for the doctor to have his say," Garza said. "He wanted me to skip a start a while back and I didn’t want to. He thought it was a good time to just step back and give it a rest." Relief pitcher Corey Knebel was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. . . . Gomez, who sat out Sunday with a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitch Saturday, returned to the starting lineup. . . . OF Khris Davis, recovering from right knee surgery, is expected to rejoin the team Tuesday or Wednesday. He’s on a rehabilitation assignment with Class A Wisconsin.
Braves: Manny Banuelos will make his second career start. He pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in his major league debut Thursday before leaving with cramping and dehydration.
Brewers: Rookie Tyler Cravy will start in place of Garza. Cravy, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday, is in his second stint with the Brewers this season. He made his major league debut in a start on June 2 at St. Louis, giving up one run and four hits in seven innings.