SEATTLE - The Milwaukee Brewers are beginning to show that they don't need Ryan Braun -- or Rickie Weeks, for that matter - to score runs in bunches.
The Brewers used a six-run seventh inning and a solid start from left-hander Tom Gorzelanny to hammer the Seattle Mariners for the second night in a row, earning a 10-0 victory on Saturday. Milwaukee piled up 16 hits while shutting out and opponent for the fifth time in 23 games since the All-Star break.
In the first two games of this series, the Brewers have erupted for 20 runs and 27 hits.
After scratching out just three hits over the first six innings of the game, Milwaukee had five in its first six at-bats of the seventh, resulting in a sudden 6-0 lead. The big blow came on Scooter Gennett's three-run home run, which came off the glove of Mariners rightfielder Michael Morse as he tried to bring the fly ball back into the park.
That was more than enough for Gorzelanny, who pitched seven shutout innings while allowing just three hits to improve to 3-4 on the season. He struck out seven and allowed just two runners to advance past first base.
Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma was so good in the early innings that the Brewers took to bunting on him. Not even that strategy seemed to be working out until Carlos Gomez led off the seventh with a bunt single after avoiding a tag with a dive into first base.
That started a rally that resulted in the first run of the game, as Gomez moved to third on Caleb Grindl's infield single and came in to score on a Khris Davis grounder to third. Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager tried to throw out Gomez at the plate, and his throw was on target but got away from Seattle catcher Humberto Quintero when Gomez ran into him. Quintero appeared to hurt his right knee on the play but eventually got up and stayed in the game.
Milwaukee's Juan Francisco followed with an RBI double, then Yuniesky Betancourt drove in another run with a single as the Brewers took a 3-0 lead with no outs in the seventh. Gennett then delivered the big blow when he hit his second career home run over the fence in right field to drive in three runs and give the Brewers a 6-0 advantage. All six runs came on the first 13 pitches of the inning.
Iwakuma (10-6) allowed nine hits and six runs over 6 2/3 innings. All but three of those hits came during the pivotal seventh inning, during which he threw 24 of his 81 pitches for the night. He has now suffered back-to-back losses for only the second time this season.
Milwaukee added four runs off Seattle reliever Lucas Luetge in the ninth inning to cap off another blowout win. The Brewers entered the series having not scored double-digit runs in a game since June 12, and they've now done it two days in a row.