Eight-run inning helps Brewers beat Giants
An eight-run third inning capped by Yuniesky Betancourt's grand slam pushed the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-8 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday at Miller Park.
The Brewers offense, having snapped a 32-inning scoreless drought Sunday at St. Louis, came to life against Giants starter Barry Zito, who has struggled in seven career starts in Milwaukee, posting an 0-4 record with a 7.67 ERA.
After a relatively smooth start, Zito got into trouble right away in the third, allowing a leadoff walk to pitcher Wily Peralta and hitting Norichika Aoki with a pitch. Jean Segura singled to load the bases and after Ryan Braun struck out, Rickie Weeks drove in a pair with a double down the left-field line.
Jonathan Lucroy followed with a two-run single that scored Segura and Weeks, and Alex Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez followed with singles to load the bases for Betancourt.
Betancourt's blast gave Milwaukee a 9-3 lead and ended Zito's day after just 2 2/3 innings. The left-hander was tagged for nine runs on eight hits, while striking out five and walking a pair. He had been off to a good start this season, opening with 14 scoreless innings, and made it 15 after working around a leadoff walk to Aoki.
The streak came to an end in the second when, with two out, Gomez hit Zito's first offering -- a changeup -- off the pole in left for his second homer of the season, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead.
San Francisco evened the score in the third, when Brandon Crawford scored on Angel Pagan's single to center. Alex Gonzalez kept the inning alive when, after making a back-handed snare of Marco Scutaro's grounder down the third base line, threw wide trying get Pagan at second. Sandoval followed with a double to right-center and with just one out, the Giants led, 3-1.
After the Brewers' big inning, Crawford hit a solo home run to make it 9-4 and the Giants chased Peralta in the fifth, loading the bases with nobody out. Sandoval singled to make it 9-5 Milwaukee and Peralta's day came to an end after walking Buster Posey.
The Giants got one more in the fifth, on Brandon Belt's sacrifice fly to score Scutaro, and Sandoval's fly in the sixth scored pinch hitter Nick Noonan. Belt added another with an RBI single in the ninth.
NOTES: San Francisco had won six of the last seven games before Tuesday ... Milwaukee pitchers recorded quality starts in four of the last five games, with a collective ERA of 3.94. Through their first six games, Brewers starters had a 6.12 ERA and produced just one quality start ... Since the 2012 All-Star break, the Giants are 31-13 on the road, the best record in baseball during that stretch ... Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has used 10 different starting lineups through Milwaukee's first 11 games ... After hitting .095 with runners in scoring position through the first five games of the season, the Giants are hitting .344 (32-for-93) in their last eight ... Gomez's second-inning home run was the first allowed by Zito this season.
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