Behind early rally, Brewers east past Rangers

Andrew Wagner, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MILWAUKEE -- Looking to snap a five-game losing streak, the Milwaukee Brewers came out Tuesday and played one of their most smoothest games of the season.
Wily Peralta went six innings. The Brewers offense, after being held to a run in the previous game, scored five runs in the first. The defense was sharp, for the most part. The bullpen avoided a meltdown.
Add it all together, and the Brewers left Miller Park with a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.
"You guys know how I feel about a nice, clean ballgame, and I thought it was," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "We made some nice defensive plays ... just a good, solid game today."
Peralta (3-2) took another step toward regaining the form that made him Milwaukee's top prospect, holding Texas to three runs (two earned) on five hits with two strikeouts to win for the third time in four starts.
"I see flashes of it, and I have in some of his other games, but consistently going through six innings today, I thought he maintained his stuff," Roenicke said. "I think this should be a great outing to move forward and get locked in like we know he can."
The right-hander used all of his pitches well but was especially successful with his sinker, which he used to force nine groundouts.
"I had pretty good command today overall," Peralta said. "That was my goal today, to keep the ball down."
After a perfect first inning, Milwaukee staked Peralta to an early lead, jumping on Texas starter Justin Grimm right out of the gate.
Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura opened with singles, and Ryan Braun made it 1-0 with a base hit that scored Aoki. Grimm quickly retired the next two Brewers batters, but Carlos Gomez hit a two-run double that fell between left fielder David Murphy and center fielder Nelson Cruz, giving the Brewers a 3-0 lead.
"I lost it," Murphy said. "Then I went for it and lost it again. Just an unfortunate play that cost us runs, and that's what hurts."
Yuniesky Betancourt followed by driving a 2-1 changeup 397 feet to left-center for a two-run homer that gave Milwaukee a 5-0 lead.
"It was just one of those things," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We could have gotten out of that inning with no runs, but Grimm kept us in the ballgame."
After his rough start, Grimm settled in, retiring eight of the next 10 Milwaukee batters and working out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. He wound up going five innings and allowing just the five runs. Grimm (2-2) struck out seven.
"It's a little frustrating," said Grimm, who lost for the second consecutive outing. "I made some good pitches, but I made some bad ones, too. Personally, it just didn't work out for me."
Texas got on the board on Mitch Moreland's solo home run in the second inning, then scored twice in the sixth.
Jeff Baker led off with a base hit, and Elvis Andrus' one-out double put runners at second and third. Baker scored on an error by Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Nelson Cruz hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3 before Peralta worked out of the jam.
"We almost came back," Washington said. "We just couldn't get the big hit."
Milwaukee's bullpen held its ground, throwing three scoreless innings. Ramirez added an insurance run with a solo home run in the seventh, his first of the season.
Jim Henderson allowed a double to Cruz in the ninth,but kept Texas off the board to record his seventh save in as many opportunities.
NOTES: Gomez's first-inning double extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. Gomez began the day batting an NL-best .373. ... The Rangers have scored 1,514 runs in games against National League teams, the most since the advent of interleague play in 1997. ... Braun's first-inning RBI single extended his hitting streak to nine games. ... With no designated hitter in National League parks, Washington gave Lance Berkman a day off Tuesday instead of playing him at first base or in the outfield to keep his .303 average in the lineup. Berkman pinch-hit in the seventh, grounding into an inning-ending double play.

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