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MILWAUKEE -- Yuniesky Betancourt's secret to his home run binge is simple.

"Leave the ball on home plate and I swing," the Milwaukee first baseman said.

Betancourt's eighth home run of the season capped a five-run first inning Tuesday night and the Brewers snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory against the Texas Rangers.

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Aramis Ramirez also hit a home run for the first time this year and NL batting leader Carlos Gomez added a two-run double for Milwaukee, which rebounded from a four-game sweep by visiting St. Louis last weekend.

"After a rough five games, it was a good start," said Gomez, who is hitting .449 during his career-best 13-game hitting streak. "It brought the energy back to the team."

Wily Peralta (3-2) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in six innings. The right-hander, who turns 24 on Wednesday, struck out two and did not walk a batter.

"Great sinker, great fastball," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "Had a good change-up and got some outs on it. His slider was a little inconsistent but this was a great game for him. This is a good lineup to go through and I really thought he made some great pitches when he needed to."

Three relievers followed with an inning each for the Brewers, including Jim Henderson in the ninth for his seventh save.

Mitch Moreland homered for the Rangers, who lost consecutive games for the third time this year. They also lost their season-high fourth straight on the road.

Justin Grimm (2-2) gave up five earned runs on eight hits in five innings after entering the game with a total of six earned runs allowed this year. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three.

"(The first inning) was long. Too long," Grimm said. "Balls were finding grass and not gloves. I made a couple of good pitches and I made a couple of bad ones. It was a little frustrating. It was just that one inning there."

After back-to-back singles by Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura in the first, Ryan Braun drove in Milwaukee's first run with a single over the head of Nelson Cruz in right field.

"Cruz thought he was closer to the wall," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He jumped a little too soon and didn't come up with the ball."

But because Segura thought Cruz was going to catch the ball near the warning track, he was headed back to first when he saw Braun rounding the base for what turned out to be a long single.

Segura's mistake did not cost his team, however.

One by leftfielder David Murphy later in the inning did.

With two outs, Gomez blooped a two-run double to left-center. Murphy got a bad break on the fly ball hit to his left, and then it bounced passed him as he ran toward it.

"I lost it," Murphy said. "I don't know exactly what I lost it in. I tried to change direction just because I was unsure where the ball was. I slipped. I picked it up again. I went after it, and then I lost it again in the window or whatever that is up above the seats (behind home plate). It was an unfortunate play."

Betancourt followed with his two-run homer, also to left-center, to give Milwaukee a 5-0 lead.

"We really shouldn't have been in that (5-0) hole," Washington said.

Betancourt leads the Brewers with eight homers after hitting seven last season.

"Yuni, if he keeps driving the ball, it's impressive but he's squaring up a lot of baseballs," Roenicke said. "He's seeing the ball."

Texas got its first run in the second when Moreland hit his fifth homer, a solo shot to left-center. It was the only hit for the Rangers in the first four innings.

In the sixth, Texas added two more runs. Adrian Beltre hit a grounder to Ramirez at third that bounced off his glove and allowed Jeff Baker to score from third. Cruz's sacrifice fly scored Elvis Andrus and cut Milwaukee's lead to 5-3.

Ramirez made it 6-3 with his home run to left off reliever Jason Frasor.

Milwaukee's Tom Gorzelanny pitched the seventh and Brandon Kintzler the eighth.

Notes

  • Milwaukee is 10-3 when scoring first.
  • Braun extended his Interleague hitting streak to 29 straight games dating back to June 17, 2011, at Boston.
  • The last time these teams met was June 13, 2010, at Miller Park.
  • Grimm has 16 strikeouts in his past two games -- both losses.
  • This is the sixth time and first since 2006 that Texas played a different opponent on three consecutive days. The Rangers played host to Boston on Sunday and played the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday.
 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Gomez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

M. Moreland
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000011 .313
Elvis Andrus, SS4120000 .254
Adrian Beltre, 3B4001001 .234
Nelson Cruz, RF3001001 .281
Mitch Moreland, 1B4121000 .279
Geovany Soto, C4010002 .233
David Murphy, LF4010001 .183
Leonys Martin, CF2000011 .250
   a- Craig Gentry, PH-CF1000101 .241
Justin Grimm, P1000000 .000
   b- Jeff Baker, PH1110000 .333
    Robbie Ross, P0000000 .000
   c- Lance Berkman, PH1000001 .300
    Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
    Joe Ortiz, P0000000 .000
Totals3337312  
a-walked for Martin in the 7th
b-singled for Grimm in the 6th
c-grounded into a double play for Ross in the 7th
Batting
2B - Elvis Andrus (5, Peralta), Geovany Soto (2, Peralta), David Murphy (4, Henderson)
HR - Mitch Moreland (5, Peralta)
SF - Nelson Cruz (1)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (17), Nelson Cruz (24), Mitch Moreland (12)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Soto-Kinsler
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Grimm (L,2-2) 5855371 3.45
Robbie Ross 1000010 0.61
Jason Frasor 1111021 3.00
Joe Ortiz 1000000 3.18
IBB - Braun by Justin Grimm
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Grimm 99-65, Robbie Ross 10-8, Jason Frasor 20-11, Joe Ortiz 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Grimm 3-4, Robbie Ross 1-1, Joe Ortiz 1-2
Batters Faced - Justin Grimm 25, Robbie Ross 3, Jason Frasor 4, Joe Ortiz 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4120000 .276
Jean Segura, SS4120010 .339
Ryan Braun, LF2111200 .314
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4111015 .348
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
Rickie Weeks, 2B3010112 .193
Carlos Gomez, CF4112022 .364
Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B4112012 .276
Martin Maldonado, C4000020 .224
Wily Peralta, P2000020 .231
   a- Alex Gonzalez, PH1000000 .179
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bianchi, 3B0000000 .000
Totals32696310  
a-flied out for Peralta in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jean Segura (4, Grimm), Carlos Gomez (8, Grimm)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (1, Frasor), Yuniesky Betancourt (8, Grimm)
RBI - Ryan Braun (24), Aramis Ramirez (3), Carlos Gomez 2 (14), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (3), Carlos Gomez 2 (7), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (6)
CS - Rickie Weeks (2, 2nd base by Grimm/Soto)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Gorzelanny-Weeks-Betancourt
E - Aramis Ramirez (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wily Peralta (W,3-2) 6532021 5.54
Tom Gorzelanny (H,6) 1000100 2.30
Brandon Kintzler (H,4) 1100000 5.14
Jim Henderson (S,7) 1100000 1.29
Pitches-Strikes - Wily Peralta 97-55, Tom Gorzelanny 11-4, Brandon Kintzler 13-7, Jim Henderson 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wily Peralta 10-7, Tom Gorzelanny 1-1, Brandon Kintzler 2-1, Jim Henderson 1-2
Batters Faced - Wily Peralta 24, Tom Gorzelanny 3, Brandon Kintzler 4, Jim Henderson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22467
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner