Walks bite Nelson in duel with Braves rookie

Walks bite Nelson in duel with Braves rookie

ATLANTA -- Braves rookie Mike Foltynewicz pitched his best game of the season in the Braves' 2-1 win over Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, giving Atlanta its third victory in the finale of a four-game series at Turner Field.

Foltynewicz's 7 2/3 innings were the deepest he has gone in a game this season, and he limited the Brewers to one run on three hits, striking out seven batters for the fourth straight game. He ran into trouble only in the seventh inning, after a long stretch on the bench during Atlanta's two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. The win lifted the Braves above .500 (22-21) for the first time since April 27.

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Lucroy, Segura close to returning from DL

Rehab assignment likely for catcher; shortstop targeting Friday

Lucroy, Segura close to returning from DL

ATLANTA -- The Brewers can expect better news on the injury front this week when they return home from a 10-game, three-city road trip.

During the coming six-game homestand, they can start counting down the returns of All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy and shortstop Jean Segura.

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Braun, Aramis rest for finale of 10-game trip

Counsell shakes up lineup, moves pitcher to ninth spot

Braun, Aramis rest for finale of 10-game trip

ATLANTA -- The Brewers' lineup for Sunday afternoon's series finale with the Braves might have caused some to do a double-take.

Carlos Gomez wasn't batting leadoff ... Ryan Braun wasn't in it ... neither was Aramis Ramirez … and at the bottom, surprisingly, the pitcher -- Jimmy Nelson -- was batting ninth.

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Lohse to face Giants in homestand opener

Lohse to face Giants in homestand opener

The Brewers kick off a six-game homestand Monday afternoon in a Memorial Day matchup against the Giants. Veteran righty Kyle Lohse gets the ball for the home team in the opener of a three-game series, while a rejuvenated Tim Lincecum goes for the visitors. Both starters are looking to complete a perfect month of May.

Lohse (3-4, 5.53 ERA) enters the game with a 2-0 record and 3.38 ERA (nine earned runs in 24 innings) this month. He didn't factor into the decision Wednesday in Detroit, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings in the Brewers' 5-2 loss. Lohse is 3-3 with a 4.70 ERA in his career against the Giants. The last time he faced them, Aug. 31 at AT&T Park, he allowed seven earned runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 15-5 loss.

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Relievers step up for Crew until fateful 11th

Smith strikes out side in 8th; Jeffress, Knebel, Broxton also hold steady

Relievers step up for Crew until fateful 11th

ATLANTA -- Saturday afternoon's loss will be pinned on the Brewers' bullpen, but the relief unit still put in a tremendous day at Turner Field.

"Every guy that went out there did his job," said manager Craig Counsell following the 3-2, 11-inning loss. "[Will Smith] was great. I think he got five outs, [Jeremy Jeffress] got four. Corey Knebel came in in a tough spot, against some good hitters and went through the 3-4-5 [hitters]. It was great to see. [Jonathan Broxton] did his job in a tough spot. We were just one out away."

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Rallies turned away by double-play ball

Rallies turned away by double-play ball

ATLANTA -- Entering Saturday's game against the Braves, the Brewers had hit into 29 double plays. That total was fifth-lowest in the National League.

Unfortunately for Milwaukee, the Brew Crew hit into a pair of twin killings -- one on an unintentional swing resulting in a perfect one-bounce comebacker, the other on a very much intentional swing that nearly took Atlanta's first baseman into right field. Both helped the Braves come away with a 3-2 victory in 11 innings.

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Bullpen's scoreless effort snaps in 11th inning

Bullpen's scoreless effort snaps in 11th inning

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller bounced back from a rocky first inning and the Braves' bullpen held off the Brewers long enough for Jace Peterson to give Atlanta a walk-off single for a 3-2, 11-inning win Saturday.

Alberto Callaspo started the final rally with a one-out walk from right-hander Brandon Kintzler, and Andrelton Simmons followed with an infield single. After a groundout moved them to second and third, Peterson stepped into the box and drilled the first pitch he saw into left-center field for his first career walk-off hit.

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Peralta stays on schedule following injury exit

Brewers optimistic one day after righty leaves start with side pain

Peralta stays on schedule following injury exit

ATLANTA -- It takes a lot to keep Wily Peralta from making a scheduled start. He made 32 in each of his first two full Major League seasons.

Peralta and the Brewers are optimistic that the pain he felt in his left side in the fourth inning Friday night won't keep him from his next one.

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Braun's scorching bat sparks huge outburst

Slugger smacks 11th homer, his fifth of Brewers' 8-game road swing

Braun's scorching bat sparks huge outburst

ATLANTA -- The Brewers have seen their share of misfortune at the plate this season. But at times -- like in an 11-0 romp Friday night against the Braves -- they've managed some offensive magic.

If they can just mix in some pretty good, semi-magical nights once in a while in this seemingly feast-or-famine season, they could make some headway.

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Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

Brewers' clubhouse calmer day after heated exchange in Atlanta

Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

ATLANTA -- Brewers reliever Will Smith is not trying to dodge justice in his appeal of the eight-game suspension Major League Baseball handed down Friday. He knows, technically, that he broke a longstanding rule that prohibits pitchers from using foreign substances. He admits it.

Smith just thinks his particular crime doesn't fit that kind of time.

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Crew throttles Braves behind Braun, 7-run 4th

Crew throttles Braves behind Braun, 7-run 4th

ATLANTA -- Hector Gomez's two-out double sparked a seven-run fourth inning that allowed the Brewers to overcome Wily Peralta's early exit and cruise to an 11-0 win Friday night over the Braves at Turner Field.

"It was one of those innings where you keep the line moving," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "They did it last night [the Braves had a seven-run seventh in a 10-1 win Thursday], we were able to do it tonight."

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Peralta pulled early with left side injury

Right-hander replaced after 4 innings with Crew carrying big lead

Peralta pulled early with left side injury

ATLANTA -- Brewers starter Wily Peralta was cruising along in the fourth inning Friday night against the Atlanta Braves -- something he hasn't done much this season -- when he felt tightness in his left side.

So as much as he wanted to stay in a game that was almost a certain win for him, Peralta deferred to the Milwaukee brain trust in deciding that caution was probably the best course of action. He left after four innings in the Brewers' 11-0 win.

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Rough 7th inning too much to overcome

Smith tossed, four pitchers used during Atlanta's wild seven-run surge

Rough 7th inning too much to overcome

ATLANTA -- Everything was going so well for the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night at Turner Field. Or as right as things seem to go in a season where so much has gone wrong already.

And then came the seventh inning.

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Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

ATLANTA -- Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Will Smith was ejected from Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves when umpires, urged on by Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, discovered a prohibited substance on the reliever's arm.

Smith said he placed a mixture of rosin and sunscreen on his right arm while he was warming up in the bullpen in order to get a firm handle on the ball on a cool and blustery night at Turner Field. He simply forgot to wipe it off, he said, when he was rushed into the game.

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Garza solid before rough 7th as Crew falls

Garza solid before rough 7th as Crew falls

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran produced his finest start of the season and the Braves rolled to a 10-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday night courtesy of a seven-run seventh inning that included Brewers left-handed reliever Will Smith being ejected for a foreign substance.

After Christian Bethancourt chased Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza with a go-ahead single in the seventh, Smith entered and promptly hit Pedro Ciriaco with a pitch to load the bases. When Smith touched the substance on his right forearm after throwing the next pitch to Jace Peterson, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez got the attention of crew chief Jim Joyce, who quickly ejected Smith after touching the substance, which Smith said was sunscreen and rosin that he forgot to remove after warming up quickly in the bullpen.

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Lohse continues resurgence with solid effort

Lohse continues resurgence with solid effort

DETROIT -- For the first time this season, the Brewers' choice for Opening Day is working on a streak of quality starts.

Five days after breezing through eight innings against the Mets, Kyle Lohse practiced damage control for six innings against the Tigers, giving the Brewers a chance to tie the game late in what became a 5-2 loss at Comerica Park. The Brewers missed a chance to sweep a series for the first time this season, but that was no fault of Lohse.

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Brewers come up short of Motown sweep

Brewers come up short of Motown sweep

DETROIT -- Nick Castellanos awakened a Tigers offense that had been dormant all series with a bases-clearing triple in the eighth inning, breaking open a pitching duel and helping Detroit avoid a series sweep to the Brewers with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

"It was trending like some of the recent games for about seven innings," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "That's exactly what we were talking about, somebody to step up."

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Two-out hits sting Broxton in bumpy eighth

Two-out hits sting Broxton in bumpy eighth

DETROIT -- New Brewers manager Craig Counsell has shrugged off veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton's early-season statistics as a mere "slump," an annoyance that appeared headed for a correction when Broxton touched 98 mph while holding a one-run lead in Monday's series-opening win against the Tigers.

On Wednesday, the Tigers pushed Broxton back into the slump, as four consecutive runners reached base with two outs in the eighth inning of what had been a tie game. The fourth was Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, who punched the bases-clearing triple that beat the Brewers, 5-2, and dashed Milwaukee's hope for a series sweep.

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Sardinas turning heads since callup

Part of rich prospect crop at shortstop, 22-year-old drawing comparisons to Alcides

Sardinas turning heads since callup

DETROIT -- A discussion of baseball instincts with longtime Brewers coach Mike Guerrero began with Luis Sardinas, the barely-22-year-old who has opened eyes during his debut week with the Major League club. Eventually, the talk turned to another young shortstop who once similarly impressed.

"The guy that we signed and we knew he was going to be real good was Alcides Escobar," said Guerrero, whose father, Epy, signed Escobar in 2003. "He came from Venezuela, we brought him to extended spring [camp] and we thought, 'OK, let's leave him in the Arizona League.' And we didn't, because he developed so quick. His baseball instincts were so good that we sent him to [advanced Rookie-level] Helena, and at [17], he held his own at Helena.

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Brewers rack up back-to-back-to-back jacks

Braun, Lind, Ramirez take Tigers' Sanchez deep in 6-run third inning

Brewers rack up back-to-back-to-back jacks

DETROIT -- A squeeze bunt with two outs put the Brewers on the scoreboard and sparked a home run derby as Milwaukee cruised to an 8-1 victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez augmented Carlos Gomez's run-scoring bunt by hitting three consecutive home runs off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez for a six-run third inning. They were the Brewers' first back-to-back-to-back home runs since Aug. 27, 2012, at Wrigley Field, when Braun and Ramirez were followed by Corey Hart.

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Wrecking Crew: 3-homer 3rd backs Nelson

Wrecking Crew: 3-homer 3rd backs Nelson

DETROIT -- What began as a pitching duel between Anibal Sanchez and Jimmy Nelson became a Brewers runaway with three consecutive home runs in a nine-pitch span off Sanchez, sending Milwaukee to a second straight win over the Tigers with an 8-1 victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Sanchez retired six of the Brewers' first seven hitters, the lone exception a Gerardo Parra walk, before he began to wobble. Martin Maldonado's third-inning drive died at the warning track in center field, but Carlos Gomez's two-out bunt single and another Parra walk extended the inning for the middle of Milwaukee's order to pounce. Ryan Braun drove a three-run homer off the right-field foul pole, Adam Lind sent a solo homer into the right-field seats, then Aramis Ramirez did the same to left for his second home run in as many nights.

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Nelson grounds Tigers, cruises to victory

Righty flashes dominant form in 8-inning outing to end winless string

Nelson grounds Tigers, cruises to victory

DETROIT -- By about the seventh inning Tuesday, a question started circulating in the Brewers' dugout at Comerica Park: When was the last time Jimmy Nelson surrendered a fly ball?

"They just started coming in bunches," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of the ground balls induced by the Milwaukee right-hander. "I think that's who Jimmy is going to be."

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Counsell considering addition to Crew's staff

Adding another coach under new manager this season 'still a possibility'

Counsell considering addition to Crew's staff

DETROIT -- There were indications on Tuesday that Craig Counsell's college coach will not be joining the Brewers' coaching staff, after all.

Counsell and Brewers general manager Doug Melvin have discussed adding one coach to the staff, and recent reports suggested the top candidate was Pat Murphy, Counsell's former coach at Notre Dame, who is currently managing the Padres' Triple-A El Paso affiliate. But the Padres apparently want to keep Murphy in the fold and "balked" at the Brewers' interest, according to MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal.

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Gomez returns from plunking with homer, winning hit

Gomez returns from plunking with homer, winning hit

DETROIT -- Smacked in the head by a 97-mph fastball one day, returning to the starting lineup to hit a leadoff home run and a game-winning single the next day.

That was the scenario for Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, who remained free of concussion symptoms on Monday and was inserted into the leadoff spot, as usual, against the Tigers. He smacked the game's third pitch into the left-field seats for his eighth career leadoff home run, and six innings later he delivered the RBI single that sent the Brewers to a 3-2 win in the opener of an Interleague series at Comerica Park.

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Brewers' bullpen plays key role in win

Brewers' bullpen plays key role in win

DETROIT -- Jeremy Jeffress continued his run of success, Jonathan Broxton reversed a recent slump and Francisco Rodriguez notched the save as the Brewers' bullpen shined in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night.

"JJ and 'Brox' did a tremendous job. They're the reason why we won," said Rodriguez, whose save was his eighth this season and No. 356 in his career. "They did the hard work, pretty much."

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Go-Town? Gomez lifts Crew in Detroit

Go-Town? Gomez lifts Crew in Detroit

DETROIT -- Like the mid-evening thunderstorms that rumbled through Michigan on Monday evening, the Brewers rolled into town and cooled off a Tigers offense that had seemingly heated up in St. Louis. Mike Fiers and the Milwaukee bullpen held down Detroit long enough for Carlos Gomez to strike with a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh for a 3-2 win at Comerica Park.

"We've said, 'What kind of team do we want to be?'" said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who celebrated his two-week anniversary on the job. "When you see a game like tonight and you feel like we can be that team."

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