Brewers strike back at Braves with big inning

Brewers strike back at Braves with big inning

ATLANTA -- Hector Gomez's two-out double sparked a seven-run fourth inning that allowed the Brewers to overcome Wily Peralta's early exit and cruise to an 11-0 win Friday night over the Braves at Turner Field.

"It was one of those innings where you keep the line moving," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "They did it last night [the Braves had a seven-run seventh in a 10-1 win Thursday], we were able to do it tonight."

After Gomez doubled off the left-field wall, Braves starting pitcher Eric Stults intentionally walked Martin Maldonado to load the bases for Peralta, a .084 career hitter who promptly drew a six-pitch walk. The Brewers produced seven straight baserunners with two outs in the fourth inning, which was highlighted by consecutive doubles from Khris Davis and Ryan Braun against Trevor Cahill.

"It went from a 2-0 game, which was very reachable, to all of the sudden they scored seven runs and it really got out of hand," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, after his team endured its second shutout loss of the season.

Peralta exits game with injury

Peralta surrendered one hit over four innings before exiting with tightness in his left side. Michael Blazek allowed just one hit over three innings in relief and also notched his first career hit, a seventh-inning RBI double off Ian Thomas.

Blazek whiffs Young

Thomas was recalled earlier in the day to provide insurance after Stults made an emergency start in place of Alex Wood, who was sidelined with a stomach virus.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Peralta buckles down: Peralta, who entered the game 1-5 with a 4.32 ERA in eight games, faced some early pressure from the Braves but came through twice in the clutch. Peralta got switch-hitting Todd Cunningham to strike out on an 0-2 slider with two out and two on in the first. In the third, with runners on first and second and two outs, Peralta got right fielder Nick Markakis to ground to second to end that threat.

Peralta escapes jam

Wood's absence: When Gonzalez learned late Friday morning that Wood was still sick, he had no choice but to start Stults, who had been removed from the rotation after his ERA rose to 5.36 after his May 13 outing in Cincinnati. The left-hander surrendered Braun's two-run homer in the first inning and totaled four strikeouts over the next two innings. But his inability to get the third out in fourth inning led to a rough night for Atlanta's pitching staff. More >

Stults on his outing in loss

Brawny Braun: Braun crushed three hits -- a first-inning opposite-field two-run homer and a pair of doubles -- to continue a torrid hitting streak. In the past 16 games, Braun is hitting .358 (19-for-53) with six homers and 20 RBIs. He finished Friday's laugher 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. He also walked once. More >

Braun's two-run homer

QUOTABLE
"It's unfortunate that Alex is sick, but that's the way it goes. You got to be ready, and I felt like I was ready coming into the start, but it was just one of those that just didn't go the way I wanted it to." -- Stults

"It was probably the moment of the game. We put together a great two-out rally. His at-bat was a big part of it." -- Counsell, on Peralta's two-out walk in the Brewers' fourth inning

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
• The Brewers tallied at least 10 hits and 10 runs for the third time in their past 13 games. They had previously matched these marks just once this year and a total of five times throughout the 2014 season.

• This marked the fifth time in Atlanta history (since 1966) that the Braves surrendered at least 11 runs while tallying three hits or fewer in a shutout loss. The previous occasion was a 12-0 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Aug. 31, 1996.

WHAT'S NEXT
Brewers: Mike Fiers will take the mound when Atlanta and Milwaukee resume their four-game series on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET. The Braves are the only National League team, aside from the Brewers, that Fiers has not faced.

Braves: Atlanta will counter with Shelby Miller, who leads the Majors with a 1.33 ERA. Miller has allowed just one run in 25 innings over his three starts in May, while holding batters to a .099 average and .261 OPS. He came one out shy of notching a no-hitter his last time out.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. John Donovan is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.