Plucked from the scrap heap, Julio Teheran has another strong outing for the Brewers

TORONTO – As far as under-the-radar acquisitions go, Julio Teheran has been a home run for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Plugged into a rotation beset by injury problems, the veteran right-hander made his second consecutive strong start after being plucked off the scrap heap and helped set the stage for a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night.

Teheran didn't allow an earned run over six innings and, in a statistical oddity, also didn't walk or strike out a batter along with relievers Joel Payamps, Peter Strzelecki and Devin Williams.

Box score: Brewers 4, Blue Jays 2

It marked the first time since July 11, 1992, the team accomplished that feat and just the sixth time in franchise history.

Abraham Toro hit a two-run home run in the second to provide the early offense, and Owen Miller's two-run double in the seventh provided a cushion for the bullpen behind Teheran.

Finessing a tenuous 2-1 lead, the Brewers generated a couple much-needed and elusive insurance runs in the seventh.

With one out, Joey Wiemer and Christian Yelich each singled off Tim Mayza and then the duo pulled off a double steal as Toronto manager John Schneider attempted an unsuccessful replay challenge on Wiemer's slide into third.

That brought up Miller, who lined a shot to left that drove in both runners and left Miller with a hustle double as he beat Daulton Varsho's throw in.

Joel Payamps replaced Teheran and immediately ran into trouble as Matt Chapman doubled off Toro's glove to start and Whit Merrifield reached on an infield single.

After a tapper back to Payamps, Cavan Biggio lined a shot up the middle that Brice Turang did a nice job to smother and then throw on to Rowdy Tellez at first to get the out while Chapman scored.

Payamps then used another ground-ball out to limit the damage to one run.

Brewers starting pitcher Julio Teheran allowed the Blue Jays one unearned run and four hits with no strikeouts or walks in six innings Wednesday night in Toronto.
Brewers starting pitcher Julio Teheran allowed the Blue Jays one unearned run and four hits with no strikeouts or walks in six innings Wednesday night in Toronto.

Strzelecki pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Williams stranded a baserunner in the ninth to pick up his ninth save.

Just as was the case in Tuesday's 7-2 loss, the Brewers struck first on a two-run home run.

This one came from a much more unlikely source, though, as Toro turned on a 92 mph fastball right over the plate and pulled it over the wall in right field after Brian Anderson walked.

It was his first hit as a Brewer, marking the first time that's happened since Eric Sogard homered in his first at-bat with Milwaukee on May 12, 2017.

Toro debuted with the Brewers on Tuesday but was hit by a pitch in his lone plate appearance.

Anderson and Toro combined to reach base to open the fourth as well but Manoah buckled down to retire the next three batters to keep it a 2-0 game before giving way to Trevor Richards in the fifth.

Richards was one of two players the Brewers sent to the Blue Jays in July of 2021 in exchange for Rowdy Tellez.

Teheran, staked to that early lead, was masterful through his six innings.

Despite throwing no pitch harder than 89 mph and generating just two swings and misses, the veteran pitched to contact with success inning after inning.

He allowed hits in the first, second and third innings but stranded each.

After a 1-2-3 fourth Milwaukee's defense let Teheran down in the fifth, with a throwing error by Toro opening the door to an unearned run.

Teheran recorded the next two outs and then got No. 9 hitter Kevin Kiermaier to hit a soft fly to short right field, but the ball dropped in front of Anderson and then skipped past him for a triple as Merrifield scored.

Teheran completed the inning and then left the game, allowing four hits in total.

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