ARLINGTON, Texas -- A pair of unlikely power sources led the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-1 win over the Rangers on Tuesday, ending Texas' eight-game winning streak.
Milwaukee rookies Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis entered the night with a combined five homers on the season, but Gennett went deep twice and Davis also homered in the opener of the two-game series. The blasts handed the AL West-leading Rangers (69-51) their first loss since Aug. 3 and only their second in the past 14 games.
The Brewers (52-67) might be playing out the string, but they are 5-3 on their current road trip, which ends with Tuesday's series finale. The offense from Gennett and Davis, plus a solid pitching performance from Marco Estrada (5-4), were welcome on several fronts.
Milwaukee could use whatever big bats they find these days with slugger Ryan Braun suspended.
Estrada, who went six innings and allowed one run on four hits, earned his first win since May 24.
Davis, making just his second start at designated hitter in his third stint with the club, chased Texas starter Alexi Ogando (5-4) with a solo shot off foul pole in left for a 4-1 lead in the seventh.
It wasn't the type of outing the Rangers wanted out of Ogando, who is seemingly entrenched in the rotation with Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis both out for the season due to injuries.
The Rangers loaded the bases with one out in the eighth off Brewers reliever Mike Gonzalez with three singles, two staying in the infield. Rob Wooten replaced Gonzalez and struck out Elvis Andrus. Jim Henderson then came on to get Ian Kinsler to end the potential rally, and he Henderson pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 17th save.
The Brewers' early offense came solely from the last spot in the lineup. Ninth-place hitter Gennett doubled his home run total on the season with bombs off Ogando in the third and fifth innings.
Gennett gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead in the third on a towering blow into the second deck in right field. The second baseman added a two-run shot to right in the fifth for a 3-1 lead and the first multi-homer game of his career.
Texas' Mitch Moreland hit his 17th homer in the third inning. The line drive just cleared the short porch in right.
NOTES: The Rangers are shutting down Harrison for the rest of the season after three rehab starts. The left-hander, who had two back surgeries earlier this season, experienced numbness in his left hand during his last start. Texas hoped Harrison, its Opening Day starter, could return to the rotation for the stretch run. ... Texas released 41-year-old DH Manny Ramirez from Triple-A Round Rock. Ramirez hit .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games. ... Suspended Rangers OF Nelson Cruz is headed to the Dominican Republic for 12 days to train at his home gym. Nelson could conceivably return should the club reach the postseason, but no decision has been made in that regard. ... The first pitch was delayed 42 minutes due to rain. ... Milwaukee hadn't visited Texas since June 8-10, 2007.