Peralta goes six strong vs. Indians, Braun stays hot

Brewers starter slated to take hill April 8 vs. Rockies

Peralta goes six strong vs. Indians, Braun stays hot

PHOENIX -- Jason Kipnis homered for Cleveland and Ryan Braun drove in two runs for Milwaukee as the Indians beat the Brewers, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Braun continued his hot streak as he ripped a double to the gap in right-center in the first inning to score Jean Segura. He added an RBI-single up the middle in the fifth to tie the game.

Braun's RBI single

After starting the Cactus League season 0-for-13, Braun is 10-for-18 (.555) with two homers.

"He looks good," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "We need to keep him were he is now and hopefully he can maintain that."

Brewers starter Wily Peralta went six innings in his fourth outing of Spring Training. He allowed two runs on six hits, while striking out four against two walks. Peralta is scheduled to start the third game of the regular season against the Rockies on April 8.

Adam Lind started at first base for the Brewers after sitting out Friday night's road game against the Reds. He's dealing with a stiff back, though it doesn't affect him at the plate, and he smoked a double that bounced over the wall in left-center in his second at-bat.

Zach McAllister had a solid start for the Indians as he continues to make a push for one of the two open spots in the rotation. The right-hander struck out nine over five innings and was charged with two runs on six hits.

After hitting Aramis Ramirez with a pitch in the first inning, McAllister retired the next eight batters in order, including six via strikeouts. He threw 24 of his 30 pitches in that span for strikes, helping turn a rough start into a solid outing.

Ramirez's hit-by-pitch

Kipnis mashed a two-run homer to center off Peralta in the top of the third. It was the first homer of the spring for Kipnis, who recently returned to action after missing seven games with back spasms.

Lonnie Chisenhall led the Indians with two hits. Jose Ramirez contributed a triple and a run scored. Jerry Sands, fighting for a bench role, went 0-for-3 as the designated hitter.

The Indians got to Brewers reliever Brandon Kintzler for a run in the eighth inning to break the tie and win for the first time since Tuesday.

Up next for the Brewers: Michael Blazek is scheduled to start on the road against the A's in a 3:05 p.m. CT Cactus League game at HoHoKam Stadium. The right-hander is a surprise candidate to make the club as a long reliever. Tyler Thornburg is also scheduled to pitch in relief as he auditions for one of the final jobs in the bullpen.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.