Braun, Moustakas, Hader deliver big in Brewers' win

ATLANTA (AP) Ryan Braun's spectacular catch in left field was just what the Milwaukee Brewers needed with another potential loss looming.

With a runner on second base and the Brewers down one run to the Braves with two outs in the seventh inning, Braun ran hard to his right and dove to rob pinch-hitter Ender Inciarte of extra bases.

Milwaukee followed up Braun's play with a three-run eighth and got a 4-2 win over Atlanta on Saturday night that will help its NL playoff chances.

''I don't think it's too much of an exaggeration to say it felt like a season saver,'' Braun said. ''We're well aware of where we're at and how things have gone. Sometimes those things can snowball a little bit.''

Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double in the eighth inning and Josh Hader recorded a two-inning save to close out the Brewers' rally.

The Braves began the game leading the NL East by one percentage point over the Philadelphia Phillies and had won nine of 12. Milwaukee snapped a two-game skid and pulled within two games of the NL Central lead.

The Brewers' offense came to life in the eighth. Reliever Jesse Biddle (3-1) let the first batter, Christian Yelich, reach on an error when he dropped the ball at the bag after catching first baseman Freddie Freeman's underhand toss. Lorenzo Cain singled, and both runners scored on Moustakas' double.

Biddle faced two more batters and gave way to Dan Winkler, who walked his first batter and gave up Erik Kratz's run-scoring infield single.

It was the first time the Atlanta bullpen had blown a save opportunity since June 27 against Cincinnati. Before the eighth, Biddle had a 1.87 ERA in 29 appearances since May 19.

''It was one of those days where, shoot, he came out, he threw strikes, and they hit it,'' Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki said. ''You've got to tip your hat sometimes. Biddle's been great.''

Moustakas, in his 14th game since coming to Milwaukee in a trade with Kansas City, is hitting .285 with eight RBIs in 49 at-bats. But he said Braun's big grab was the difference.

''That catch definitely turned the game for us,'' Moustakas said. ''It got us going. It got us a little momentum. Seeing him going out and laying out like that and saving the game for the most part, that's huge. We were able to rally the next inning and let our bullpen do the job.''

Hader hadn't pitched in three days and was plenty rested to make his 16th two-inning appearance and earn his sixth save in such situations this year. He retired all six batter he faced, striking out three to pick up his ninth save in 12 chances overall.

Corbin Burnes (3-0) earned the win after facing four batters in the seventh.

The Brewers went ahead in the first on Braun's RBI single to shallow center. Ronald Acuna Jr. tied it by leading off the bottom of the first with his 14th homer, and the Braves made it 2-1 in the fourth when Freeman reached on a double and slid his left leg safely onto the plate to beat a tag attempt on Nick Markakis' single.

Braves starter Julio Teheran allowed one run, two hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out six, improving from a rough three-start stretch in which he gave up 15 runs - 13 earned - over 15 innings.

Brewers starter Wade Miley gave up six hits, two runs and one walk with no strikeouts in six innings.

STILL HOT

Braun went 2 for 3 and is batting .375 with eight RBIs over his last 14 games. ... Freeman went 1 for 3 and is batting .360 during a 13-game hitting streak.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed that RHP Anibal Sanchez will start Tuesday at home against Miami despite getting hit by a liner in his last start and leaving a no-decision at Washington after facing seven batters.

LONG SKIDS

Atlanta SS Dansby Swanson singled in the seventh, but he's 3 for 26 this month and his average has dropped 36 points since June 5 to .238. ... Milwaukee INF Jonathan Schoop grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and is 5 for 35 since arriving in a trade from Baltimore.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (7-7, 3.81) will pitch for the first time in Atlanta as he makes his fourth career start against the Braves. Anderson received no-decision in his last start, Tuesday against San Diego, allowing four runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (10-5, 3.15 ERA) carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning of his last home start, a 4-1 win over the Dodgers two weeks ago. He is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in his last three starts but lost the last time he faced the Brewers, giving up five runs, five hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings July 8 at Milwaukee.

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  • W: C. Burnes (3-0)L: J. Biddle (3-1)S: J. Hader (9)
  • HR: ATL - R. Acuna (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Cain CF52200002.297.387.415.8025.0
M. Moustakas 3B40120111.253.311.471.7814.5
R. Braun LF31210000.249.300.442.7425.0
T. Shaw 2B40000006.249.343.478.8210.0
E. Thames 1B30000030.229.308.519.827-1.5
a- J. Aguilar PH-1B00000100.272.356.574.9301.0
E. Kratz C30110010.229.274.339.6132.5
O. Arcia SS40000014.209.246.275.521-0.5
W. Miley P20100011.231.231.231.4620.5
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c- H. Perez PH10000013.259.296.420.715-0.5
J. Hader P00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
  • a-walked for Thames in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Miley in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Burnes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF-LF41111011.270.326.512.8385.5
O. Albies 2B40200010.277.313.489.8021.5
F. Freeman 1B31100101.318.400.524.9244.0
N. Markakis RF40110003.325.389.502.8912.0
J. Camargo 3B40000014.259.342.449.791-0.5
A. Duvall LF30000001.202.282.386.6680.0
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a- C. Culberson PH10000000.286.330.490.8210.0
K. Suzuki C30100000.251.316.407.7231.0
D. Swanson SS30100001.238.295.378.6731.0
J. Teheran P10000000.207.226.310.5360.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- E. Inciarte PH-CF10000001.251.312.355.6660.0
  • a-grounded out for Jackson in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Brach in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Moustakas (25)
  • RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (70), R. Braun (43), E. Kratz (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Braun (25)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Shaw 4 (4), W. Miley, H. Perez 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (31)
  • HR - R. Acuna (14)
  • SH - J. Teheran (8)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (32), N. Markakis (74)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, J. Camargo, E. Inciarte
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain (21)
  • CS - L. Cain (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Moustakas-Thames; Arcia-Shaw-Thames)
  • E - C. Burnes
FIELDING
  • E - J. Biddle
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Miley6.06221012.231.2412.0
C. Burnes (W, 3-0)1.01000002.771.159.0
J. Hader (S, 9)2.00000301.540.8114.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Miley6.0
C. Burnes (W, 3-0)1.0
J. Hader (S, 9)2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran6.02112604.331.2519.0
B. Brach (H, 6)1.00000004.301.683.0
J. Biddle (L, 3-1) (BS, 2)0.13320002.601.13-10.0
D. Winkler0.21001202.791.08-1.0
L. Jackson1.01000203.701.233.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran6.0
B. Brach (H, 6)1.0
J. Biddle (L, 3-1) (BS, 2)0.1
D. Winkler0.2
L. Jackson1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Miley
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 77-46, C. Burnes 13-9, J. Hader 29-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 10-6, C. Burnes 2-1, J. Hader 2-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, C. Burnes 4, J. Hader 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Teheran 2 (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 90-52, B. Brach 9-6, J. Biddle 9-8, D. Winkler 15-9, L. Jackson 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 4-8, B. Brach 3-0, J. Biddle 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 24, B. Brach 3, J. Biddle 5, D. Winkler 4, L. Jackson 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Yelich RF41000121.313.377.526.9021.0
L. Cain CF52200002.297.387.415.8025.0
M. Moustakas 3B40120111.253.311.471.7814.5
R. Braun LF31210000.249.300.442.7425.0
T. Shaw 2B40000006.249.343.478.8210.0
E. Thames 1B30000030.229.308.519.827-1.5
a- J. Aguilar PH-1B00000100.272.356.574.9301.0
E. Kratz C30110010.229.274.339.6132.5
O. Arcia SS40000014.209.246.275.521-0.5
W. Miley P20100011.231.231.231.4620.5
b- J. Schoop PH10000000.234.262.422.6840.0
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c- H. Perez PH10000013.259.296.420.715-0.5
J. Hader P00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
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HITTERSAB
C. Yelich RF4
L. Cain CF5
M. Moustakas 3B4
R. Braun LF3
T. Shaw 2B4
E. Thames 1B3
a- J. Aguilar PH-1B0
E. Kratz C3
O. Arcia SS4
W. Miley P2
b- J. Schoop PH1
C. Burnes P0
c- H. Perez PH1
J. Hader P0
Total34
  • a-walked for Thames in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Miley in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Burnes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF-LF41111011.270.326.512.8385.5
O. Albies 2B40200010.277.313.489.8021.5
F. Freeman 1B31100101.318.400.524.9244.0
N. Markakis RF40110003.325.389.502.8912.0
J. Camargo 3B40000014.259.342.449.791-0.5
A. Duvall LF30000001.202.282.386.6680.0
J. Biddle P0000-000.500.5001.000.000-
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
a- C. Culberson PH10000000.286.330.490.8210.0
K. Suzuki C30100000.251.316.407.7231.0
D. Swanson SS30100001.238.295.378.6731.0
J. Teheran P10000000.207.226.310.5360.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- E. Inciarte PH-CF10000001.251.312.355.6660.0
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  • a-grounded out for Jackson in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Brach in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Moustakas (25)
  • RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (70), R. Braun (43), E. Kratz (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Braun (25)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Shaw 4 (4), W. Miley, H. Perez 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (31)
  • HR - R. Acuna (14)
  • SH - J. Teheran (8)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (32), N. Markakis (74)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, J. Camargo, E. Inciarte
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain (21)
  • CS - L. Cain (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Moustakas-Thames; Arcia-Shaw-Thames)
  • E - C. Burnes
FIELDING
  • E - J. Biddle
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Miley6.06221012.231.2412.0
C. Burnes (W, 3-0)1.01000002.771.159.0
J. Hader (S, 9)2.00000301.540.8114.5
Total9.0722131---
PITCHERSIP
W. Miley6.0
C. Burnes (W, 3-0)1.0
J. Hader (S, 9)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran6.02112604.331.2519.0
B. Brach (H, 6)1.00000004.301.683.0
J. Biddle (L, 3-1) (BS, 2)0.13320002.601.13-10.0
D. Winkler0.21001202.791.08-1.0
L. Jackson1.01000203.701.233.0
Total9.07433100---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran6.0
B. Brach (H, 6)1.0
J. Biddle (L, 3-1) (BS, 2)0.1
D. Winkler0.2
L. Jackson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Miley
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 77-46, C. Burnes 13-9, J. Hader 29-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 10-6, C. Burnes 2-1, J. Hader 2-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, C. Burnes 4, J. Hader 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Teheran 2 (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 90-52, B. Brach 9-6, J. Biddle 9-8, D. Winkler 15-9, L. Jackson 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 4-8, B. Brach 3-0, J. Biddle 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 24, B. Brach 3, J. Biddle 5, D. Winkler 4, L. Jackson 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Kratz reached on an infield single to pitcher, Braun scored, Shaw to third, Aguilar to second42
    Moustakas doubled to deep left, Yelich and Cain scored32
  • 4TH INNING
    Markakis singled to right center, Freeman scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Acuna homered to left11
    Braun singled to center, Cain scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Luke Jackson relieved Dan Winkler
    • C. Yelich: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cain singled to right center
    • M. Moustakas: Cain picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop to second, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • J. Hader Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Markakis lined out to shortstop
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Luke Jackson
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Culberson grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jesse Biddle pitching
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Yelich safe at first on Biddle fielding error
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain singled to center, Yelich to second
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas doubled to deep left, Yelich and Cain scored
    • R. Braun: Braun singled to right, Moustakas to third
    • T. Shaw: Shaw reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Moustakas out at home, Braun to second
    • Jesus Aguilar hit for Eric Thames
    • Dan Winkler relieved Jesse Biddle
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aguilar walked, Braun to third, Shaw to second
    • E. Kratz: Strike swinging, Kratz reached on an infield single to pitcher, Braun scored, Shaw to third, Aguilar to second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • Hernan Perez hit for Corbin Burnes
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Albies struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brad Brach relieved Julio Teheran
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Kratz grounded out to second
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Arcia grounded out to first
    • Jonathan Schoop hit for Wade Miley
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Schoop grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Corbin Burnes pitching
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Duvall grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Swanson reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Ender Inciarte hit for Brad Brach
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Swanson to second on Burnes throwing error, Inciarte lined out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Braun grounded out to first
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Shaw lined out to right
    • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies singled to left
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Freeman flied out to deep center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis fouled out to third
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Camargo grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain grounded out to third
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Moustakas flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki singled to shallow center
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to third, Suzuki out at second
    • J. Teheran: Teheran hit sacrifice bunt to third, Swanson to second
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Acuna grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Kratz hit by pitch
    • O. Arcia: Arcia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kratz out at second
    • W. Miley: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Miley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Freeman doubled to right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Markakis singled to right center, Freeman scored
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Camargo lined out to left
    • A. Duvall: Duvall grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Markakis out at second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • W. Miley: Strike looking, Miley singled to left center
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich lined out to center
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cain popped out to first
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked, Miley to second
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Braun hit by pitch, Miley to third, Moustakas to second
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw lined out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Teheran grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded out to third
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Albies grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • E. Kratz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kratz struck out swinging
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arcia popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Duvall flied out to left
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to right
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
    • L. Cain: Pickoff attempt, Cain reached on fielder's choice to second, Yelich out at second
    • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Cain stole second, Moustakas fouled out to catcher
    • R. Braun: Braun singled to center, Cain scored
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Shaw flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna homered to left
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Foul, Albies singled to left
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Albies to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis flied out to center
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Camargo grounded into double play third to first, Albies out at third
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)