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Braves 8, Brewers 6: Milwaukee swept as Braves sock 11 homers in the three-game series

ATLANTA – For the second straight weekend, the back end of the Milwaukee Brewers rotation lined up against the vaunted Atlanta Braves lineup.

It didn’t go as well this time around.

The Braves tagged the Brewers for 29 runs over a three-game sweep in which the pitching staff’s struggles spoiled what was by far the best showing from the offense yet in the second half. First, Adrian Houser allowed six runs on Friday. Julio Teheran followed by surrendering nine runs Saturday. Colin Rea topped it off with another five in the finale Sunday.

Rea still exited in line for a win, but the relentless Braves offense drilled a pair of clutch home runs, including Matt Olson's go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth, to hand a 8-6 loss to the Brewers at Truist Park.

Box score: Braves 8, Brewers 6

Braves hit 11 home runs in the series, including four Sunday

After the Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Christian Yelich scored on a wild pitch, Braves third baseman Austin Riley pounded a sinker from Rea 463 feet to left-center for a two-run homer.

Olson’s three-run homer with two outs in the third, which came one batter after Riley walked on a 3-2 pitch that appeared to clip the strike zone, gave the Braves a 5-3 advantage.

Marcell Ozuna golfed a slider beneath the zone from Hoby Milner out to left-center for a two-out blast that tied the game 6-6 in the sixth inning.

Olson then gave the Braves the lead for good by depositing a sinker down the middle from reliever Joel Payamps, who hadn’t given up an earned run in 18 appearances, 431 feet away in right-center. The two-run homer, which scored Ozzie Albies after his double to lead off the inning, put Atlanta up, 8-6.

The four long balls upped the Braves’ total to 11 in the series. It was the most home runs given up over a three-game span by the Brewers since August 2019 when they surrendered 13.

Matt Olson of the Atlanta Braves hits the first of his two home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the bottom of the first Sunday at Truist Park.
Matt Olson of the Atlanta Braves hits the first of his two home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the bottom of the first Sunday at Truist Park.

Carlos Santana hits first home run as a Brewer

Carlos Santana, acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates via trade on Thursday, drove a solo homer to right in the third for his first homer with the Brewers.

Santana’s 13th dinger of the season gave Milwaukee a 3-2 lead at the time and was the fourth of five times the Brewers took the lead in the series.

All five times, the Braves erased the deficit the following half-inning.

On Sunday, that included Riley’s first-inning homer and Ozuna’s homer in the sixth after William Contreras had given the Brewers a 6-5 lead with a two-out, two-run double.

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Up next

Monday – Brewers at Nationals, 6:05 p.m. Milwaukee RHP Corbin Burnes (9-6, 3.46) vs. Washington RHP Jake Irvin (3-5, 4.96). TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio: AM-620.

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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Brewers swept by Braves; Matt Olson's home run off Joel Payamps dagger