Peterson’s single lifts Braves past Brewers

ATLANTA – Jace Peterson’s single to left field drove in Alberto Callaspo from third base, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in 11 innings on Saturday.

Peterson hit the first pitch from Brandon Kintzler (0-1) toward the gap in left-center field. Left fielder Ryan Braun and center fielder Carlo Gomez didn’t bother to field the ball as Callaspo scored and Braves players raced out of the dugout to swarm Peterson near second base.

With one out in the 11th, Kintzler walked Callaspo. Andrelton Simmons’ sharply hit grounder hit third-base umpire Chad Fairchild and bounced into left field. Runners advanced to second and third on pinch-hitter Eric Young Jr.’s grounder to Kintzler.

Luis Avilan (2-0) pitched the last 1 1/3 innings for Atlanta, including getting a double-play with runners at first and third to end the 10th.

Gomez led off the inning with a double to center field off Nick Masset. Gomez moved to third on Masset’s wild pitch to Gerardo Parra. Masset struck out Parra before giving an intentional walk to Ryan Braun. Avilan came on and got Adam Lind’s double-play grounder to first base.

Atlanta’s Shelby Miller and Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers each allowed two runs and seven hits. Miller lasted six innings. Fiers pitched five innings.

The Braves scored two runs in the fifth on doubles by Miller, Cameron Maybin and Freddie Freeman.

Gomez doubled to lead off the game and scored on Braun’s single. The Brewers made it 2-0 after Martin Maldonado’s single drove in Aramis Ramirez in the fourth.

Milwaukee blew a scoring chance in the ninth. Jason Grilli gave a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Jason Rogers. Luis Sardinas singled to right field but was thrown out at first. Simmons took the cutoff throw from Markakis toward third base and quickly threw to first base, where Freeman applied the tag as Sardinas slid back too late.

Milwaukee left-hander Will Smith allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings in his first appearance since being ejected for having a foreign substance on his arm in Thursday’s 10-1 loss to the Braves. Smith, appealing his eight-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball, struck out the side in the eighth.

CHARLES ODUM, The Associated Press

 

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