Carlos Gomez hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and Francisco Rodriguez moved into a tie for eighth on the all-time saves list in a 6-5 Brewers win over the Braves on Wednesday at Miller Park, denying Atlanta’s bid for a three-game sweep.
Gomez also hit a solo home run off Braves starter Julio Teheran in sixth inning, and his three-run shot off left-hander Luis Avilan in the eighth gave Milwaukee its first lead of the afternoon. Rodriguez held it in the ninth for career save No. 367, tying Jeff Reardon on the all-time leaderboard.
Cameron Maybin and Kelly Johnson went deep off Brewers starter Mike Fiers in a four-run third inning, and Milwaukee didn’t have a hit against Teheran until Khris Davis connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning. It was 5-3 in the eighth when Gomez batted against Avilan with two runners aboard and one out, connecting with a 3-1 changeup and sending a line drive into the Brewers’ bullpen.
Though his impressive start was blemished by the only two hits (both homers) he surrendered over seven innings, Teheran didn’t look like a guy who entered with a 7.40 road ERA and the realization that left-handed hitters had produced a .393 on-base percentage against him. He held the three left-handed hitters — Gerardo Parra, Adam Lind and Scooter Gennett — in Milwaukee’s lineup hitless. After issuing consecutive one-out walks in the first, he retired Lind with a flyout and notched the first of his season-high eight strikeouts against Davis.
The only thing “Lite” about Davis’ fourth-inning home run was the landing spot. Davis, playing his second game since a stint on the disabled list for a right knee injury, put the Brewers on the scoreboard in both the run and hit columns when he connected against Teheran for a two-run homer that struck the Miller Lite advertisement that runs along the bottom of the scoreboard in center field.
The Braves were unsuccessful with the challenge they issued when Eury Perez was called out attempting to reach on a bunt single to begin the fourth inning. First-base umpire Quinn Wolcott’s call stood after replays did not provide conclusive evidence that Perez’s headfirst slide beat Brewers first baseman Adam Lind’s foot to the bag.
A more costly review went against the Braves when the umpires confirmed that Pedro Ciriaco was unsuccessful with his aggressive attempt to steal second base while representing the potential tying run with one out in the ninth and Maybin at the plate.
Alex Wood will take the mound when Atlanta begins a four-game series on Thursday night at Coors Field. The Braves have won 17 of the past 22 games they have played against the Rockies. First pitch is set for 6:40 PM. Thunder Radio will bring you that broadcast beginning at 6:25 PM.