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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.
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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.
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.313|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.234|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.281|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.279|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.233|
|David Murphy, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.183|
|Leonys Martin, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|a- Craig Gentry, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.241|
|Justin Grimm, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jeff Baker, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Robbie Ross, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Lance Berkman, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Jason Frasor, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Ortiz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|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|
|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|
|DP - Soto-Kinsler|
|Justin Grimm (L,2-2)||5||8||5||5||3||7||1||3.45|
|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|
|Norichika Aoki, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Jean Segura, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.339|
|Ryan Braun, LF||2||1||1||1||2||0||0||.314|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||5||.348|
|Brandon Kintzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jim Henderson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||1||2||.193|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||1||1||2||0||2||2||.364|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.276|
|Martin Maldonado, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.224|
|Wily Peralta, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.231|
|a- Alex Gonzalez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.179|
|Tom Gorzelanny, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Bianchi, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Peralta in the 6th|
|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|
|DP - Gorzelanny-Weeks-Betancourt|
|E - Aramis Ramirez (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Wily Peralta (W,3-2)||6||5||3||2||0||2||1||5.54|
|Tom Gorzelanny (H,6)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.30|
|Brandon Kintzler (H,4)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||5.14|
|Jim Henderson (S,7)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||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|
|Attendance - 22467|
|Game Time - 2:49|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner|