Brinson comes up big vs. former club

Brinson comes up big vs. former club

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Top Brewers prospect Lewis Brinson, facing his former organization, had three hits and the go-ahead RBI in leading Milwaukee to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers on Monday afternoon.

Brinson was one of three players acquired by the Brewers in a trade for catcher Jonathan Lucroy. His RBI single in the fifth inning off of Rangers reliever Brady Dragmire brought home the first run of the game.

"I'm out there having a great time with a new team," Brinson said. "Just trying to come back and do it right, just kind of show them what they missed out on. I wanted to go deep, but three hits will work better. It was fun seeing all those guys again, seeing the old faces. Having a good game makes it even sweeter."

Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra, who was the club's PItcher of the Year in 2016, made his first start of the spring and pitched a scoreless inning. Guerra gave up a one-out double in the first to Shin-Soo Choo but struck out Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli.

Rangers knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa made his first start and pitched two scoreless despite allowing five baserunners. Brinson led off the game with a double and Gamboa picked him off second. Gamboa also got out of a bases-loaded jam in the second by striking out Michael Reed and getting Ivan DeJesus to fly out.

"It has been awhile, it was fun to get my feet wet and get back out there," Gamboa said. "It's competing, when you get between the lines, you've got to strap it on and get after it."

Brewers Up Next: Zach Davies makes his spring debut when the Brewers return home Tuesday to host Ned Yost's Royals at 1:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Left-hander Danny Duffy starts for Kansas City.

Rangers Up Next: Right-hander Nick Martinez makes his first start of the spring against the D-backs at 2 p.m. CT Tuesday in Surprise. Closer Sam Dyson also pitches for the Rangers as he continues his preparation to play in the World Baseball Classic. The game can be heard on MLB.com's exclusive webcast.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989 and for MLB.com since 2006.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001.

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