After the four-game debacle against St. Louis, this was just what the doctor ordered. OK, maybe not the doctor, but Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wouldn't mind a few more by-the-numbers victories such as the 6-3 interleague triumph Tuesday night over first-place Texas at Miller Park. "You guys know how I feel about a nice, clean ball game and I thought it was," said Roenicke, whose club snapped a five-game losing streak. "We made some nice defensive plays. . . . That was a good, solid game today." After surrendering 29 runs in the four-game sweep by the Cardinals, the Brewers needed a solid outing by starting pitcher Wily Peralta and he delivered. With the luxury of a five-run lead after one inning, Peralta kept the dangerous Texas lineup at bay for six frames, allowing only five hits and two earned runs. "It was a great game for him," Roenicke said after the Brewers evened their home record at 10-10. "That's a very good lineup to get through. I thought he made some great pitches when he needed to. "For him, this should be a great outing to move forward and get locked in like we know he can." The Brewers quickly jumped on Texas starter Justin Grimm, who entered the game with a 2.28 earned run average in four starts. Norichika Aoki legged out an infield hit and Jean Segura singled sharply to center, bringing to the plate Ryan Braun. Braun sent a drive to deep right, but the runners weren't sure if Nelson Cruz would track it down and momentarily held up. The ball sailed over Cruz, allowing Aoki to score but Segura had to hold at second and Braun settled for a long single. After Aramis Ramirez fouled out, Grimm caught Segura breaking off second with an inside move off the mound but threw to the wrong infielder - shortstop Elvis Andrus - instead of second baseman Ian Kinsler and Segura scooted back safely. Rickie Weeks flied out, but Carlos Gomez lifted a well-placed fly into the gap in left-center for a two-run double. Grimm then hung a 2-1 slider to Yuniesky Betancourt, who lined it out to left for a two-run homer that made it 5-0. It was Betancourt's team-high eighth homer. "After a rough five games and had a day off then come out today and (score) five runs right away, and Wily really threw the ball well today, that was a good start," said Gomez, the league's leading hitter (.364). "It gave the energy back to the team. When the starter pounds the ball like Wily did today, we've got a better chance to win games because we have a good lineup."
Big first inning, Wily Peralta help Brewers snap skid with 6-3 win over Texas
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 8