PHOENIX — Wily Peralta gave up one hit in three scoreless innings in his first spring start, but Luke Montz hit a two-run homer in a three-run ninth to rally an Oakland Athletics’ split-squad to a 6-4 victory Tuesday over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee tagged Oakland starter Dan Straily for two runs in the second and another in the third.
Montz’s home run came off right-hander Johnny Helweg, who also gave up Max Muncy’s tying hit.
NOTES: Peralta struggled early last spring and vowed things would be different this year. So far, it has. In his first appearance of the spring, Peralta pitched in relief against Oakland, throwing two shutout innings. "I prepared earlier with everything this offseason," the 24-year-old said. "I felt I had better command out there. I don’t focus on velocity so much because I know it will be there. I was locating my pitches and not overthrowing." He said he "threw a little bit of everything, a good change, a good slider when I was behind in the count. I was throwing it for strikes." . . . Manager Ron Roenicke said that third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who had surgery in January to remove a non-cancerous polyp from his colon, could play in a game by this weekend.