Mo­rales homers, Blue Jays bullpen holds off Brew­ers

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - RICH ROVITO

MIL­WAU­KEE — Kendrys Mo­rales hit a tworun homer and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers, 4-3, in in­ter­league base­ball ac­tion Tues­day night.

Six of the first eight Blue Jays bat­ters reached based against Mil­wau­kee starter Jimmy Nel­son (2-3). Toronto pushed across two runs in the sec­ond, but the Brew­ers cut down a run­ner at the plate and Nel­son struck out Eze­quiel Car­rera to limit the dam­age.

Mo­rales home­red to straight­away cen­tre in the fifth to make it 4-0.

Nel­son gave up four runs and eight hits in five in­nings.

The Brew­ers broke through against Toronto starter Joe Bi­agini in the fifth on Orlando Ar­cia’s run-scor­ing sin­gle. Jonathan Vil­lar drove in a pair with a sin­gle later in the in­ning. Bi­agini de­parted af­ter walk­ing Eric Thames but re­liever Danny Barnes (1-2) struck out Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw to end the threat. Bi­agini al­lowed three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 in­nings. Toronto’s bullpen didn’t al­low a run the rest of the game. Roberto Osuna earned his sev­enth save in 10 chances.

Up next Blue Jays: Mar­cus Stro­man (4-2) pitched 5 2/3 shutout in­nings and hit his first ca­reer home run in on Thurs­day against at At­lanta. Brew­ers: Matt Garza (2-0) is 6-6 with a 2.14 ERA in 13 ca­reer starts against Toronto but hasn’t faced the Blue Jays since 2010 while pitch­ing for the Tampa Bay Rays.

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