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-- The Milwaukee Brewers will try again tonight to return to .500, when they host the Atlanta Braves.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers will try again tonight to return to .500, when they host the Atlanta Braves.
Milwaukee blew a chance to get back to the break-even point on Sunday, when they fell at Saint Louis. The Crew has been below .500 since April 24th, when the record was 9-and-9. Right-hander Marco Estrada will start for the Brewers this evening against veteran Braves’ right-hander Tim Hudson. Estrada is 2-6 with a three-point-nine-nine ERA. He’s coming off a rough loss at Miami last Thursday in which he gave up four runs in five innings. That was after Estrada won back-to-back starts, and had a stingy ERA of 0.50 in his last three appearances. Hudson is 14-5 for the Wild Card-leading Braves, with an ERA of three-point-five-nine. He threw seven shutout innings in a win over Colorado last Thursday. That was after Hudson went 2-1 with an ERA of just over five in his five previous outings.
Milwaukee has won seven straight games at Miller Park, and is now five games behind Saint Louis for the second NL Wild Card spot.
The Milwaukee Brewers scored all their runs in a seventh-inning rally last night, as they beat Atlanta 4-1 at Miller Park. Norichika Aoki had the game-winning hit, a two-run double. It ended Milwaukee’s seven-game losing streak to the Braves, and the Crew has now won 15-of-its-last-17 at home. The Brewers also gained a game in the Wild Card race, and they’re now five games back for the Number-two National League Wild Card now held by Saint Louis. Milwaukee only had four hits on the night – two by Aoki and two from Martin Maldonado. Atlanta churned out 10 hits, and a double-play grounder by Andrelton Simmons accounted for the Braves’ only run. Wily Peralta went six innings in his second Major League start. He gave up a run on seven hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Jose Veras got the win by pitching a scoreless seventh. He’s now 4-4. John Axford threw a perfect ninth for his 28th save. Jonny Venters took the loss in relief. He’s 5-4. Brewers’ first baseman Corey Hart sat out last night’s game after hurting his left foot while running the bases on Sunday. He’s day-to-day. Ryan Braun returned after aggravating a bad wrist. He walked twice, but was 0-for-2 otherwise. The Brewers and Braves will play again tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Marco Estrada will start against Atlanta right-hander Tim Hudson.