Braves hold off Brewers again Tuesday

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Associated Press
July 7, 2015

MILWAUKEE—Brewers’ pitcher Tyler Cravy thought his major league debut was better than his first start at Miller Park.

A.J. Pierzynski homered among his three hits, Manny Banuelos earned his first major league win and the Atlanta Braves beat Milwaukee 4-3 Tuesday night.

Cravy (0-2) started in place of Matt Garza, who went on the disabled list Monday. Cravy gave up three runs in six innings in his second major league start. He made his debut June 2 at St. Louis, a 1-0 loss.

"I think I was a little better the last time,” Cravy said. “I made too many mistakes tonight and they took advantage of them.”

Pierzynski hit his sixth homer and drove in two runs. He is 10 for 13 in his last three games, and it is the first time in his career he has finished with at least three hits in three straight games.

Banuelos (1-0) gave up one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander, who made his big league debut last week, started in place of the injured Williams Perez.

"I’m pretty happy and it’s pretty exciting," Banuelos said. "Getting my first 'W' was pretty fun."

Jason Grilli got his 24th save to give Atlanta its seventh victory in nine games.

One day after tying his season high with four hits, Pierzynski got hits in his first three at-bats. His solo homer made it 1-all in the second.

Pierzynski added a run-scoring bloop single in the fourth for a 2-1 lead and singled in the sixth.

“Tyler was good,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “He kept us in the game. He had some quick innings and with two outs, they put together some rallies. He did a nice job.”

Jonathan Lucroy hit his second home run of the year and first since June 5, connecting in the first off Banuelos. In the rookie’s major league debut against Washington, he did not allow a run and gave up two hits in 5 2/3 innings before leaving with cramping and dehydration.

Adam Lind hit a solo homer in the Milwaukee eighth, his 15th.

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