Greinke pitches Brewers past RaysJun 22, 2011 - 4:40 AM Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Zack Greinke threw seven fantastic innings, giving up only one run on four hits to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Miller Park.
Greinke (7-2) fanned 10 Rays without issuing a walk to earn the victory for Milwaukee.
"It was a good game all around. I feel like I've been pitching pretty well the last month or so," Greinke said. "It was nice to get some good results. My changeup was pretty good tonight. maybe that kept them off-balance a little bit. They had a bunch of lefties so we tried it a little more and it was working so we stayed with it."
Ryan Braun collected a two-run single and Jonathan Lucroy added three hits for the Brewers, who had lost four of their previous five games, including the opener of this three-game series on Monday.
Yuniesky Betancourt smacked a solo home run for Milwaukee.
Jeremy Hellickson (7-6) worked six innings in defeat, giving up two runs on three hits while walking four and striking out three.
"Jeremy's command was way off," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He just didn't know where his ball was going, but to his credit he kept us in the game."
John Jaso belted an RBI single for the Rays, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
The Brewers broke the game open in the seventh after loading the bases with one out on a single and a pair of walks. Braun stepped up and ripped a two-run single to left, and Prince Fielder followed with an RBI single to give the Brewers a comfortable 5-1 margin.
Milwaukee opened the scoring in its first at-bat. The Brewers loaded the bases on walks to Rickie Weeks, Braun and Fielder. Casey McGehee lofted a sacrifice fly to left to plate Weeks and give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.
The Brewers extended their lead in the second on Betancourt's leadoff shot to left, his fourth home run of the 2011 campaign.
Tampa Bay cut its deficit by one in the seventh. B.J. Upton smacked a one-out double to right and scampered home on an RBI single by Jaso. Greinke escaped further trouble by fanning Reid Brignac and inducing an easy grounder to Fielder to end the inning.
Tampa Bay had its five game interleague winning streak snapped...Milwaukee owns a stellar 26-10 record at home this season...The Brewers are 11-9 in June...Tampa Bay went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position while Milwaukee went 2-for-7.
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Jun 21 11:12 PM
- Prince Fielder single to left scored Josh Wilson with one out. On the play, Ryan Braun advances to second. Runners on first and second and Casey McGehee due up.
Rays 1, Brewers 5 Bot 7, 1 OutJun 21 10:41 PM
- Ryan Braun single to left scored Jonathan Lucroy and Craig Counsell with one out. On the play, Josh Wilson advances to second. Runners on first and second and Prince Fielder due up.
Rays 1, Brewers 4 Bot 7, 1 OutJun 21 10:39 PM
- John Jaso single to right scored B.J. Upton with one out. Runner on first and Reid Brignac due up.
Rays 1, Brewers 2 Top 7, 1 OutJun 21 10:14 PM
- Yuniesky Betancourt lead-off Home Run (4) to left center. Jonathan Lucroy due up.
Rays 0, Brewers 2 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 21 8:46 PM
- Casey McGehee sacrifice fly to left scored Rickie Weeks with two out. Runners on first and second and Corey Hart due up.
Rays 0, Brewers 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsJun 21 8:32 PM
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Top 1, 2 Outs
Jun 21 8:15 PM
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