Chacin helps Brewers top Royals 6-2 for eighth straight win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jhoulys Chacin had walked three batters each of his last three outings, so the Brewers' veteran right-hander was surprised when the Kansas City Royals kept swinging early in the count.

They had no choice the way he was pounding the strike zone.

Chacin efficiently mowed through the Kansas City lineup Wednesday night, needing just 30 pitches through the first four innings, and ultimately left with two outs in the sixth. The Brewers' stout bullpen kept the Royals scoreless the rest of the way for a 6-2 victory - their eighth straight overall.

''They were real aggressive,'' Chacin said. ''They were swinging at the first pitch a lot. I was commanding well. I felt especially my mechanics are getting better. That's helping my fastball.''

Chacin (2-1) did not allow a hit until two outs in the fourth, when Mike Moustakas went deep. He bounced back to allow one more run on four hits and a walk before the bullpen took over.

Milwaukee's relief corps pushed its scoreless streak to 28 innings to wrap things up.

''They're just doing such a nice job of picking each other up,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''They're doing a heckuva job coming in with runners-on-base situations and putting up zeros.''

The winning streak for Milwaukee matches its longest since June and July 2015, when the club also won eight straight. The run began with two wins over Cincinnati and included a four-game sweep of Miami before taking both midweek interleague matchups with the Royals.

''We're playing well,'' Counsell said. ''You got to earn the wins. You have to earn them every day.''

The Brewers scored all they needed off Jason Hamel (0-2) in the fourth inning on two hits, a walk, an error and a pair of sacrifice flies. Only three of the runs were earned after outfielder Jorge Soler dropped a would-be flyout to the groans of about 5,000 fans that braved the cold, wet weather.

''In the fourth inning, when they scored the runs off of him, I think Soler tried to be too quick,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He was going to catch it and come up firing to third. They didn't hit him hard, but just found ways to find holes and score those runs.''

Chacin tossed six shutout innings in beating the Marlins last week, and he was nearly as dominant Wednesday night. He held the Royals hitless until Moustakas went deep with two out in the fourth, got the next out and then left a pair of runners aboard in the fifth inning.

The Royals scratched out another run on Salvador Perez's fielder's choice before Brewers manager Craig Counsell lifted Chacin after 64 pitches. Dan Jennings got the final out of the sixth.

Hammel allowed five hits and a pair of walks over 6 2/3 innings. Eric Stout finished the seventh, then coughed up two runs in the eighth to cap his major league debut.

''I felt like we made good pitches all night. Just didn't get the breaks,'' Hammel said. ''That (fourth) inning easily could have been one run instead of four.''

THUMBS DOWN

Brewers 1B Eric Thames went on the disabled list Wednesday after an MRI exam revealed a torn ligament in his left thumb. The slugger was hurt fielding a grounder on Tuesday night and left after the eighth inning. He'll return to Milwaukee on Thursday to see team doctors and will likely have surgery soon. The Brewers hope to have him back in a couple of months.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: C Stephen Vogt (shoulder) left the club Wednesday for Arizona, where he will complete his throwing program in extended spring training. He could begin rehab games next week. ... RHP Boone Logan (triceps) left for Double-A Biloxi to begin making rehab appearances.

Royals: The swelling in the right foot of RHP Ian Kennedy was down after he took a liner off it in the series opener. Kennedy left after the third inning Tuesday night but could make his next start Sunday.

UP NEXT

Kansas City plays the White Sox five times in the next four days, including a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. RHP Jakob Junis will start the series opener Thursday night.

Milwaukee RHP Chase Anderson will take the mound Thursday night against the Cubs in Chicago. After four games there, the Brewers will conclude a nine-game trip with three in Cincinnati.

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  • W: J. Chacin (2-1)L: J. Hammel (0-2)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF50000011.298.400.476.876-0.5
C. Yelich LF31100211.320.424.520.9443.5
R. Braun DH52300002.263.301.513.8146.0
T. Shaw 3B51110004.286.381.538.9194.0
D. Santana RF22010110.228.319.241.5593.5
J. Aguilar 1B30120000.421.465.6051.0703.0
M. Pina C40100002.200.289.300.5891.0
J. Villar 2B40110002.297.325.351.6762.0
O. Arcia SS40000004.205.237.301.5380.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay CF41200000.250.348.300.6483.0
    W. Merrifield 2B40100002.253.320.391.7103.0
    M. Moustakas 3B41111014.304.333.609.9425.5
    S. Perez C40010013.125.125.500.6250.5
    L. Duda 1B40100001.233.291.370.6612.0
    J. Soler RF30000131.259.397.379.777-0.5
    A. Gordon LF40100002.226.250.290.5401.0
    C. Cuthbert DH30000122.238.329.270.5990.0
    A. Escobar SS30100002.200.274.333.6072.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Braun (4), T. Shaw (8)
      • SF - D. Santana, J. Aguilar
      • RBI - T. Shaw (14), D. Santana (4), J. Aguilar 2 (7), J. Villar (8)
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Duda, A. Escobar (5)
      • HR - M. Moustakas (7)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas (18), S. Perez (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Escobar (3), J. Soler (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Chacin (W, 2-1)5.24221313.991.5716.5
      D. Jennings (H, 4)0.10000001.500.750.0
      J. Barnes (H, 2)1.12001001.261.120.0
      J. Hader (H, 5)0.20000201.170.521.0
      T. Williams1.01000202.451.643.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Chacin (W, 2-1)5.2
      D. Jennings (H, 4)0.1
      J. Barnes (H, 2)1.1
      J. Hader (H, 5)0.2
      T. Williams1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 0-2)6.25432103.381.166.5
      E. Stout0.222111013.504.50-3.5
      B. Keller0.20000003.521.430.0
      K. McCarthy1.01000105.061.692.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 0-2)6.2
      E. Stout0.2
      B. Keller0.2
      K. McCarthy1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 64-44, D. Jennings 5-2, J. Barnes 21-12, J. Hader 11-8, T. Williams 20-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 3-11, D. Jennings 1-0, J. Barnes 2-1, T. Williams 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 22, D. Jennings, J. Barnes 6, J. Hader 2, T. Williams 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 109-67, E. Stout 17-11, B. Keller 10-5, K. McCarthy 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 10-10, E. Stout 1-0, B. Keller 2-1, K. McCarthy 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 28, E. Stout 5, B. Keller 3, K. McCarthy 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      MIL16-9
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Cain CF50000011.298.400.476.876-0.5
      C. Yelich LF31100211.320.424.520.9443.5
      R. Braun DH52300002.263.301.513.8146.0
      T. Shaw 3B51110004.286.381.538.9194.0
      D. Santana RF22010110.228.319.241.5593.5
      J. Aguilar 1B30120000.421.465.6051.0703.0
      M. Pina C40100002.200.289.300.5891.0
      J. Villar 2B40110002.297.325.351.6762.0
      O. Arcia SS40000004.205.237.301.5380.0
      Total3568503316-----
      HITTERSAB
      L. Cain CF5
      C. Yelich LF3
      R. Braun DH5
      T. Shaw 3B5
      D. Santana RF2
      J. Aguilar 1B3
      M. Pina C4
      J. Villar 2B4
      O. Arcia SS4
      Total35
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay CF41200000.250.348.300.6483.0
        W. Merrifield 2B40100002.253.320.391.7103.0
        M. Moustakas 3B41111014.304.333.609.9425.5
        S. Perez C40010013.125.125.500.6250.5
        L. Duda 1B40100001.233.291.370.6612.0
        J. Soler RF30000131.259.397.379.777-0.5
        A. Gordon LF40100002.226.250.290.5401.0
        C. Cuthbert DH30000122.238.329.270.5990.0
        A. Escobar SS30100002.200.274.333.6072.0
        Total3327212717-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Braun (4), T. Shaw (8)
          • SF - D. Santana, J. Aguilar
          • RBI - T. Shaw (14), D. Santana (4), J. Aguilar 2 (7), J. Villar (8)
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Duda, A. Escobar (5)
          • HR - M. Moustakas (7)
          • RBI - M. Moustakas (18), S. Perez (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas (5)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - A. Escobar (3), J. Soler (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Chacin (W, 2-1)5.24221313.991.5716.5
          D. Jennings (H, 4)0.10000001.500.750.0
          J. Barnes (H, 2)1.12001001.261.120.0
          J. Hader (H, 5)0.20000201.170.521.0
          T. Williams1.01000202.451.643.0
          Total9.0722271---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Chacin (W, 2-1)5.2
          D. Jennings (H, 4)0.1
          J. Barnes (H, 2)1.1
          J. Hader (H, 5)0.2
          T. Williams1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel (L, 0-2)6.25432103.381.166.5
          E. Stout0.222111013.504.50-3.5
          B. Keller0.20000003.521.430.0
          K. McCarthy1.01000105.061.692.5
          Total9.0864330---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel (L, 0-2)6.2
          E. Stout0.2
          B. Keller0.2
          K. McCarthy1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 64-44, D. Jennings 5-2, J. Barnes 21-12, J. Hader 11-8, T. Williams 20-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 3-11, D. Jennings 1-0, J. Barnes 2-1, T. Williams 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 22, D. Jennings, J. Barnes 6, J. Hader 2, T. Williams 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 109-67, E. Stout 17-11, B. Keller 10-5, K. McCarthy 19-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 10-10, E. Stout 1-0, B. Keller 2-1, K. McCarthy 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 28, E. Stout 5, B. Keller 3, K. McCarthy 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Villar safe at first on shortstop Escobar fielding error, Santana scored, Aguilar to second62
            Aguilar singled to center, Braun scored, Santana to third52
          • 6TH INNING
            Perez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Jay scored, Merrifield out at third42
          • 4TH INNING
            Moustakas homered to right41
            Villar grounded out to second, Santana scored, Pina to second40
            Aguilar hit sacrifice fly to center, Shaw scored, Santana to second30
            Santana hit sacrifice fly to right, Braun scored, Shaw to third on right fielder Soler fielding error20
            Shaw doubled to deep right, Yelich scored, Braun to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brad Keller
            • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
            • C. Yelich: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Yelich singled to right
            • R. Braun: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Braun grounded out to shortstop, Yelich to second
            • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Shaw grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Taylor Williams relieved Josh Hader
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duda doubled to deep right
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second, Duda to third
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • E. Stout Pitching:
            • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Braun doubled to deep left
            • T. Shaw: Shaw grounded out to first, Braun to third
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Aguilar singled to center, Braun scored, Santana to third
            • Brad Keller relieved Eric Stout
            • M. Pina: Ball, Pina flied out to shallow right
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Villar safe at first on shortstop Escobar fielding error, Santana scored, Aguilar to second
            • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arcia grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barnes Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar doubled to left
            • J. Jay: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jay singled to center, Escobar to third
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield popped out to second
            • Josh Hader relieved Jacob Barnes
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Villar singled to right
            • O. Arcia: Foul, Ball, Arcia flied out to deep right
            • L. Cain: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cain grounded out to pitcher, Villar to second
            • Eric Stout relieved Jason Hammel
            • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jacob Barnes relieved Dan Jennings
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to second, Soler out at second
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Cuthbert grounded into double play third to second to first, Gordon out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to third
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Aguilar lined out to second
            • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pina grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chacin Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jay reached on an infield single to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield singled to right, Jay to third
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Moustakas flied out to right
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield stole second, Perez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Jay scored, Merrifield out at third
            • Dan Jennings relieved Jhoulys Chacin
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duda grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain flied out to deep right
            • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Yelich flied out to deep left
            • R. Braun: Strike looking, Braun singled to left center
            • T. Shaw: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Shaw grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chacin Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Duda grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon singled to shallow left
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert walked, Gordon to second
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • C. Yelich: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
            • R. Braun: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Braun reached on an infield single to third, Yelich to second
            • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Shaw doubled to deep right, Yelich scored, Braun to third
            • D. Santana: Santana hit sacrifice fly to right, Braun scored, Shaw to third on right fielder Soler fielding error
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Aguilar hit sacrifice fly to center, Shaw scored, Santana to second
            • M. Pina: Strike swinging, Pina reached on an infield single to third, Santana to third
            • J. Villar: Villar grounded out to second, Santana scored, Pina to second
            • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arcia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Chacin Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay flied out to deep center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to right
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Moustakas homered to right
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Villar grounded out to first
            • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arcia flied out to center
            • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Ball, Cain lined out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chacin Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to right
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert struck out looking
            • A. Escobar: Escobar flied out to deep center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aguilar grounded out to third
            • M. Pina: Strike looking, Pina grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chacin Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez lined out to left
            • L. Duda: Duda lined out to right
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cain flied out to shallow right
            • C. Yelich: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
            • R. Braun: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Braun flied out to deep center
            • T. Shaw: Shaw popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chacin Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Jay grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield popped out to shortstop
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas lined out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)