Morales homers, Blue Jays bullpen holds off Brewers
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.