MLB: Brewers’ strong month of September continues

Milwaukee in hunt for division title
The Associated Press

Brewers 5

Padres 1

Lorenzo Cain homered before exiting with a sore ankle, Milwaukee pitchers combined to strike out 16 and the Brewers improved their playoff position by beating San Diego in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Ryan Braun put Milwaukee ahead with an RBI double in the first inning off Joey Lucchesi (10-9). The Brewers added a run in the third when Keston Hiura doubled and later scored on Lucchesi’s wild pitch.

Freddy Peralta (7-3) struck out three of the four batters he faced for the win. Josh Hader picked up his 34th save in 40 tries, breaking a franchise record for left-handers previously held by Dan Plesac.

Padres 2

Brewers 1

Dinelson Lamet struck out a career-high 14 and Kirby Yates fanned pinch-hitter Ryan Braun with a runner on second base to close out San Diego’s win over the Brewers on Wednesday.

Rookie Seth Mejias-Brean hit his first career home run as the Padres ended a six-game losing streak. Lamet (3-5) pitched six innings, giving up three hits.

Keston Hiura connected off Lamet in the sixth for his 17th home run of the season.

Brewers 3

Padres 1

Mike Moustakas hit his 35th homer, and Milwaukee topped San Diego on Tuesday. Lorenzo Cain also went deep for the Brewers.

Moustakas connected against Matt Strahm (5-9) in the seventh, giving Milwaukee a 2-1 lead. Trent Grisham added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Matt Albers (8-5) got the win, and Drew Pomeranz worked two innings for his second save.

Brewers 4

Padres 1

Corey Spangenberg drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the fourth inning, and Milwaukee knocked off San Diego on Tuesday. San Diego got just two hits in the game.

Padres starter Garret Richards (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits over 3 2/3 innings in his first major league appearance since Tommy John surgery in July 2018.

Zach Davies (10-7) allowed two hits in five innings.

Brewers 7

Cardinals 6

The Brewers overcame a 4-3 deficit when Ryan Braun hit a grand slam off Junior Fernández with two outs in the ninth inning on Sunday in St. Louis.

Jon Gant (10-1) walked the bases loaded in the ninth.

Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom half off Josh Hader, who struck out Harrison Bader and pinch-hitter Tyler O’Neill for his 33rd save.

Matt Albers (7-5) got two outs and the win.

Brewers 5

Cardinals 2

Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal homered to help Milwaukee beat the Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday.

Only one of the two runs Brewers starter Jordan Lyles (11-8) allowed was earned. He gave up six hits and struck out four over six innings.

Jay Jackson, Drew Pomeranz, Junior Guerra combined for a scoreless seventh and eighth. Josh Hader earned his 32nd save in 38 opportunities.

Jack Flaherty (10-8) needed 102 pitches to get through six innings. He gave up three runs on five hits and a pair of walks.

Cardinals 10

Brewers 0

Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam and a three-run homer and Adam Wainwright pitched six innings of two-hit ball in St. Louis’ victory over Milwaukee on Sept. 13.

Wainwright (12-9) struck out seven and walked three. Adrian Houser (6-6) was the loser.

Brewers 3

Marlins 2

Ryan Braun broke a tie with a two-run homer in the third inning and Milwaukee beat Miami to complete a four-game sweep on Sept. 12.

Braun, bothered by a bad back for much of the season, broke a 1-1 tie against Caleb Smith (8-10) with an opposite-field drive to right, his 19th home run this season.

Gio González and four relievers retired Miami’s final 18 batters after Lewis Brinson’s run-scoring single in the fourth. Freddy Peralta (6-3) struck out three in two innings, and Josh Hader fanned two batters for his 31st save in 37 chances.

Brewers 7

Marlins 5

Mike Moustakas homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the ninth as Milwaukee defeated Miami on Sept. 11.

Trent Grisham led off the game with a home run.

Moustakas broke a 5-all tie with a homer off Miami reliever Jose Urena (4-9).

Brent Suter (2-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the win. Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his 30th save.

Brewers 4

Marlins 3

Christian Yelich broke his right kneecap on a foul ball and will miss the rest of the regular season, an injury that overshadowed Milwaukee’s win over Miami on Sept. 10.

Yelich fouled a ball off his leg in the first inning. He was down on the ground for several minutes before limping off the field.

Pinch-hitter Tyler Austin lifted a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Yasmani Grandal led off with a single against Adam Conley (2-9), Grisham doubled and Austin put the Brewers ahead.

Junior Guerra (9-5) got the win. Drew Pomeranz pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Brewers 8

Marlins 3

Rookie Trent Grisham had a career-high five hits and drove in two runs, and Milwaukee topped Miami on Sept. 9.

Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer and Lorenzo Cain had three hits and knocked in a run for the Brewers in a game that lasted 4 hours, 8 minutes.

The game featured 15 pitchers who combined for 14 walks. The Marlins loaded the bases in four innings while the Brewers did it three times.