The bats were awake again on Monday as the Brewers scored six runs on 11 hits, but bullpen struggles doomed the crew late.
Milwaukee carried a two-run lead into the 9th inning and handed the ball to Fransisco Rodriguez. K-Rod got two quick outs, but Jonathan Schoop tagged K-Rod for a home run, and Nick Markakis doubled home Delmon Young two batters later to tie the game for the Orioles, who would go on to win in the 10th inning.
It was K-Rod’s second blown save of the season, and the second time this season he’s allowed more than one run in an outing.
The Brewers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Ryan Braun doubled home Jean Segura who opened the frame with a triple. The Orioles answered back with three runs in the third. Adam Jones tripled home Nick Markaikis and Manny Machado, and Nelson Cruz doubled home Jones to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead.
The Brewers cut the lead to one in the bottom half of the frame when Mark Reynolds drove in Jonathan Lucroy with a sac fly. The Crew retook the lead in the fourth when Segura doubled home Khris Davis and Lyle Overbay.
The Brewers extended their lead in the sixth on back-to-back homers by Davis and Overbay. Schoop homered in the 7th for the Orioles to cut the lead to two runs.
After K-Rod’s turn in the 9th, Rob Wooten pitched the 10th. Like K-Rod he got two quick outs. Cruz lined out to Davis and Steve Pearce struck out, but Wooten couldn’t finish the inning scoreless as JJ Hardy doubled and Nick Hundley singled him home to give the Orioles the one-run lead.
Zach Britton picked up the save for the Orioles in the bottom of the inning.
Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings while allowing no walks and striking out five, picking up no decision. Wooten picked up the loss for Milwaukee. Chris Tillman allowed all six of Milwaukee’s runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. Relievers Ryan Webb, Brad Brach, Darren O’Day and Britton pitched 4 1/2 scoreless for the Orioles.
The loss knocks the Brewers to 30-22, 1-game ahead of St. Louis. The Brewers and Orioles will continue their series tomorrow when Wei-Yin Chen (5-2) faces Matt Garza (2-4).
Milwaukee’s Three Stars
- Khris Davis – 4-for-4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 R
- Jean Segura – 2-for-5, 1 3B, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R
- Lyle Overbay – 1-for-2, 1 HR, 1 RBi, 3 BB, 2 R