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ATLANTA -- Marco Estrada threw seven scoreless innings and added two singles, helping the Milwaukee Brewers earn a 5-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

Estrada (7-4) extended his winning streak to three by limiting the Braves to two hits. He struck out six and walked three while matching his season-best effort from Aug. 25, when he blanked the Cincinnati Reds for seven innings.

Rob Wooten pitched a scoreless eighth, and Michael Blazek pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the shutout. Atlanta was shut out for the 16th time this year, while Milwaukee threw its 14th shutout.

Mike Minor (13-8) failed in his fifth attempt to record a 14th win. He allowed three runs and eight hits over seven innings, striking out six.

Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez opened the scoring with his 22nd homer, a line drive solo shot into the left field stands with one out in the first inning.

The Braves wasted a chance in the fourth inning. Jordan Schafer and Justin Upton led off with walks and advanced when Chris Johnson struck out and the ball got away. However, Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons followed with strikeouts to kill the threat.

Jonathan Lucroy gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead with a two-run homer, his 18th, in the fifth inning. It was his first home run since Aug. 16 against Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman.

The Brewers got two insurance runs in the eighth. Aramis Ramirez hit a one-out solo home run, his 12th, off reliever Anthony Varvaro. With two outs, Sean Halton doubled and scored on Yuniesky Betancourt's infield singled when sure-handed Atlanta shortstop Simmons threw wildly to the plate.

NOTES: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected in the seventh inning by plate umpire Angel Hernandez. 2B Paul Janish was hit by a pitch, but Hernandez ruled that Janish didn't try to get out of the way. ... After clinching the NL East title Sunday, the Braves rested 1B Freddie Freeman, 2B Dan Uggla and C Brian McCann on Monday. ... Brewers SS Jean Segura missed his fifth consecutive game due to a strained right hamstring. The team hopes he will be able to play again during the season's final week. ... Milwaukee RHP Tyler Thornburg (3-1) opposes Atlanta RHP Freddy Garcia (1-2) on Tuesday. Garcia will make his third start for the Braves.
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