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Fiers and Brewers dominate Blue Jays in 6-1 win

By RICH ROVITO
Associated Press
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MILWAUKEE (AP) Fresh off another stellar outing, Mike Fiers first wanted to talk about a rough patch early in the game and offer credit to his defense.

''I think early on I was a little erratic around the strike zone and then I pulled it together later on,'' said Fiers, who won his third consecutive start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 9 as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Tuesday. ''My defense came through. There were a lot of great plays.''

Fiers (3-1) was plenty spectacular himself, holding the Blue Jays to two hits and one run over seven innings. He retired the final 18 batters he faced in a 106-pitch outing.

After throwing 44 pitches through two innings, Fiers took control of the game.

''I wanted to be aggressive in the strike zone and make them swing the bat,'' he said.

Fiers, who struck out six and walked one, left the field to a standing ovation, waving briefly to the sellout crowd.

''I feel like I can pitch this way and compete well at this level,'' he said.

Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez each had a pair of doubles for Milwaukee, which won its fifth consecutive game.

''I didn't expect anything less the way he's been pitching,'' Lucroy said of Fiers' performance. ''He's throwing strikes, working ahead, executing.''

Fiers has given up two runs over his three starts.

The Brewers jumped on Toronto starter J.A. Happ (8-8) immediately, belting three doubles to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

The Blue Jays, who have lost six of seven, got on the board in the second on Munenori Kawasaki's RBI ground out.

The Brewers added two doubles in the third to extend their lead to 4-1. Milwaukee hitters connected for another pair of doubles in the fifth and added two more runs.

Happ lasted just 3 1-3 innings, giving up six hits and four runs. It marked his shortest start since going just 2 1-3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on May 10.

DOUBLE TROUBLE:

The Brewers set a season high with seven doubles. The team single-game record is nine, accomplished four times. Lucroy's two doubles brought his season total to 42.

''I got a couple mistakes up in the zone and I was able to take advantage,'' Lucroy said.

No primary catcher has ever led his league in doubles for a season. Lucroy, who played first base in Tuesday's game, has 35 doubles as a catcher, six as a first baseman and one as a designated hitter.

''Luc always has good at-bats,'' Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.

The major league record for doubles by a catcher in a season is 45 by the Rangers' Ivan Rodriguez in 1996.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: RHP Jim Henderson, on the disabled list since May, had right shoulder surgery on Tuesday, ending his season. .RHP Matt Garza, on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain, could return to the rotation in early September, and RHP Kyle Lohse, who is nursing a sore ankle, won't pitch during the five-game home stand, manager Ron Roenicke said.

Blue Jays: Edwin Encarnacion, who was activated on Friday after missing more than a month with a quad injury, started at first base. He started the previous three games at DH, not an option in the National League ballpark. ''We need him,'' manager John Gibbons said.

ON DECK

Brewers: Rookie Jimmy Nelson (2-3. 3.86 ERA) has five consecutive quality starts and has been counted on heavily with injuries to Garza and

Lohse. The Brewers are 4-3 in Nelson's seven starts.

Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey (9-12. 3.95) will pitch the finale in the two-game series. Dickey's nine losses on the road are tied for the most in the majors.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

K. Davis
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Milwaukee

M. Fiers
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Reyes, SS4000010.290.337.413
Melky Cabrera, LF4000000.313.367.476
Jose Bautista, RF-CF3000100.289.406.503
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3000011.271.362.580
Dioner Navarro, C3110010.273.312.383
Colby Rasmus, CF3010000.224.287.438
   Kyle Drabek, P0000000.000.000.000
Juan Francisco, 3B2000012.218.289.462
   a-Danny Valencia, PH-3B1000000.291.335.392
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B2001000.270.319.305
   b-Steve Tolleson, PH-2B1000000.227.295.362
J.A. Happ, P1000011.000.000.000
   Dustin McGowan, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Drew Hutchison, PH1000010.500.500.500
   Todd Redmond, P0000000.000.000.000
   Nolan Reimold, RF1000000.239.315.457
Totals2912116    
a-grounded out for Francisco in the 8th
b-grounded out for Kawasaki in the 8th
c-struck out for McGowan in the 5th
Batting
2B - Colby Rasmus (19, Fiers)
RBI - Munenori Kawasaki (9)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Jose Reyes (16, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
J.A. Happ (L,8-8) 3.1644230 4.39
Dustin McGowan 0.2000000 4.13
Todd Redmond 2322010 2.85
Kyle Drabek 2100030 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 70-45, Dustin McGowan 4-4, Todd Redmond 25-22, Kyle Drabek 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 3-5, Dustin McGowan 1-1
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 19, Dustin McGowan 2, Todd Redmond 9, Kyle Drabek 7
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Carlos Gomez, CF4110110.285.349.489
Jonathan Lucroy, 1B4221002.304.370.493
   Mark Reynolds, 1B0000000.204.296.417
Ryan Braun, RF4111003.275.327.482
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4121001.301.341.459
Khris Davis, LF2122100.255.308.487
   Zach Duke, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brandon Kintzler, P0000000.000.000.000
Rickie Weeks, 2B4011023.251.329.401
Martin Maldonado, C4000015.261.343.420
Jean Segura, SS4000011.230.264.313
Mike Fiers, P3010011.111.111.111
   Gerardo Parra, LF1000010.253.301.360
Totals34610627    
Batting
2B - Carlos Gomez (28, Happ), Jonathan Lucroy 2 (42, Happ), Ryan Braun (27, Happ), Aramis Ramirez 2 (17, Happ), Khris Davis (32, Redmond)
SF - Khris Davis (5)
RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (59), Ryan Braun (70), Aramis Ramirez (57), Khris Davis 2 (63), Rickie Weeks (22)
Team LOB - 7
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Fiers (W,3-1) 7211160 1.29
Zach Duke 1000000 1.86
Brandon Kintzler 1000000 3.35
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Fiers 106-69, Zach Duke 13-7, Brandon Kintzler 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Fiers 7-8, Zach Duke 3-0, Brandon Kintzler 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Fiers 24, Zach Duke 3, Brandon Kintzler 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42221
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Chris Segal