Peralta delivers again, Brewers hit 3 HRs to beat Royals 5-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) Freddy Peralta is making it difficult for the Milwaukee Brewers to remove him from the rotation. Maybe they won't.

Peralta pitched one-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, Jesus Aguilar hit one of Milwaukee's three homers and the Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Peralta (3-0) allowed a leadoff double in the third to Adalberto Mondesi and also a walk in the second. The 22-year-old rookie was perfect otherwise, striking out 10 in his fourth major league start.

''He was wonderful,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''The big thing to me, again, was just how he pounded the strike zone. That's the common theme to me, is that if he's not issuing free passes, he's going to be tough. He did that tonight, just all over the strike zone.''

Aguilar, Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun homered off starter Jakob Junis (5-9), who has lost six straight.

Mondesi, called up June 17, hit his first homer this season with two outs in the eighth off Dan Jennings. Jacob Barnes got two outs in the ninth and Josh Hader retired one batter for his seventh save.

Peralta has not allowed a run in 13 innings, giving up three hits in two starts since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 19 when starter Zach Davies went on the disabled list.

''That hasn't been a conversation,'' Counsell said when asked about the rotation. ''He's pitching well. If you keep pitching like that, it's going to lead to more starts, for sure.''

Peralta was called up in May and allowed one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his debut, striking out 13 in a 7-3 win over Colorado. He gave up four runs in four innings without a decision in his second start, and then was sent down.

After three starts on the road, Peralta was pitching for the first time at Miller Park.

''I was waiting for this day to pitch in the Brewers stadium,'' Peralta said. ''A lot of fans were waiting for this day, too. I'm really happy for this. I did the best job I could and it was awesome for me.''

Junis, who has not won since May 18, surrendered five runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings.

''I'm giving up a lot of runs on home runs,'' said Junis, who has allowed three or more homers five times this season. ''If I keep it in the yard, I'd have a lot better chance of keeping some runs off the board. But, just a couple pitches that I'm leaving over the plate are getting handled.''

Yelich staked the Brewers to a 2-0 lead in the first with his 11th home run, sending a 3-0 pitch over the wall in left after a one-out double by Braun. Aguilar made it 3-0 with his team-leading 17th homer, a two-out solo shot to center in the third.

The Brewers extended the lead to 5-0 in the fifth when Eric Thames singled and Braun followed with his ninth home run and first since June 8.

Kansas City threatened in the second when Mondesi opened with a double to right. Junis bunted, but Aguilar charged from first, made a barehanded pickup and got Mondesi at third.

The Royals fell to 4-19 in the month of June, scoring just 48 runs in that span. They have scored one run or less in 18 games this season.

''We're all frustrated,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''I've never seen anything like it. I've never been a part of a month like this. An offensive drought like we've had all month long is pretty puzzling. There's no answer for it I've never been through anything like this.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain was placed on the 10-day DL (left groin strain) and OF Keon Broxton was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... LHP Boone Logan was released. ... 3B Travis Shaw, who left Sunday's game against St. Louis in the middle of his first at-bat, was not in the lineup and is day-to-day.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (3-7, 5.18) starts the series finale Wednesday at Miller Park. After beginning the season 1-6 with a 6.88 ERA, he is 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA in his last six starts.

Brewers: LHP Brent Suter (8-4, 4.15) is 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA over his last seven starts. After no quality starts in his first 14, Suter has pitched seven innings in each of his last two, allowing one and two runs, respectively.

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  • W: F. Peralta (3-0)L: J. Junis (5-9)S: J. Hader (7)
  • HR: KC - A. Mondesi (1), MIL - R. Braun (9), C. Yelich (11), J. Aguilar (17)
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L. Duda 1B30000120.253.319.404.7230.0
A. Gordon LF30000112.254.332.353.6850.5
A. Escobar SS30000011.199.253.283.536-0.5
A. Mondesi 2B31211010.208.240.417.6577.5
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  • b-walked for Flynn in the 8th
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R. Braun LF32221100.245.300.455.75511.0
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M. Pina C30000120.218.283.368.6510.0
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O. Arcia SS10000000.198.230.255.4850.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Herrera (2), A. Mondesi (2)
    • HR - A. Mondesi
    • RBI - A. Mondesi (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Mondesi
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Thames (4), R. Braun (13), J. Aguilar (13)
    • HR - R. Braun (9), C. Yelich (11), J. Aguilar (17)
    • RBI - R. Braun 2 (33), C. Yelich 2 (34), J. Aguilar (51)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Aguilar (14)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Yelich (10)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Junis (L, 5-9)5.07553734.671.27-1.5
    B. Flynn2.02001104.151.733.5
    B. Smith1.00000106.211.683.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Junis (L, 5-9)5.0
    B. Flynn2.0
    B. Smith1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Peralta (W, 3-0)7.010011001.590.7134.0
    D. Jennings1.01111013.581.410.0
    J. Barnes0.21001101.741.35-1.5
    J. Hader (S, 7)0.10000001.130.737.0
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Peralta (W, 3-0)7.0
    D. Jennings1.0
    J. Barnes0.2
    J. Hader (S, 7)0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 87-55, B. Flynn 38-23, B. Smith 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-1, B. Flynn 4-1, B. Smith 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Junis 25, B. Flynn 9, B. Smith 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Peralta 102-70, D. Jennings 28-16, J. Barnes 17-9, J. Hader 2-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Peralta 4-7, J. Barnes 1-0
    • Batters Faced - F. Peralta 23, D. Jennings 5, J. Barnes 4, J. Hader
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    R. Herrera RF40100001.250.265.375.6402.0
    M. Moustakas 3B40000011.252.308.456.764-0.5
    S. Perez C40000031.214.257.397.655-1.5
    L. Duda 1B30000120.253.319.404.7230.0
    A. Gordon LF30000112.254.332.353.6850.5
    A. Escobar SS30000011.199.253.283.536-0.5
    A. Mondesi 2B31211010.208.240.417.6577.5
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    • a-struck out for Junis in the 6th
    • b-walked for Flynn in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    R. Braun LF32221100.245.300.455.75511.0
    C. Yelich CF41221002.291.366.473.83910.0
    J. Aguilar 1B41211021.302.361.615.9757.0
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    J. Villar 2B40000003.256.302.379.6810.0
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    O. Arcia SS10000000.198.230.255.4850.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Herrera (2), A. Mondesi (2)
      • HR - A. Mondesi
      • RBI - A. Mondesi (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Mondesi
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Thames (4), R. Braun (13), J. Aguilar (13)
      • HR - R. Braun (9), C. Yelich (11), J. Aguilar (17)
      • RBI - R. Braun 2 (33), C. Yelich 2 (34), J. Aguilar (51)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Aguilar (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Yelich (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 5-9)5.07553734.671.27-1.5
      B. Flynn2.02001104.151.733.5
      B. Smith1.00000106.211.683.5
      Total8.0955493---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 5-9)5.0
      B. Flynn2.0
      B. Smith1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Peralta (W, 3-0)7.010011001.590.7134.0
      D. Jennings1.01111013.581.410.0
      J. Barnes0.21001101.741.35-1.5
      J. Hader (S, 7)0.10000001.130.737.0
      Total9.03113111---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Peralta (W, 3-0)7.0
      D. Jennings1.0
      J. Barnes0.2
      J. Hader (S, 7)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 87-55, B. Flynn 38-23, B. Smith 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-1, B. Flynn 4-1, B. Smith 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 25, B. Flynn 9, B. Smith 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Peralta 102-70, D. Jennings 28-16, J. Barnes 17-9, J. Hader 2-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Peralta 4-7, J. Barnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Peralta 23, D. Jennings 5, J. Barnes 4, J. Hader
      • 8TH INNING
        Mondesi homered to center15
      • 5TH INNING
        Braun homered to center, Thames scored05
      • 3RD INNING
        Aguilar homered to center03
      • 1ST INNING
        Yelich homered to left, Braun scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jacob Barnes relieved Dan Jennings
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera doubled to left
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first, Herrera to third
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duda walked
        • Josh Hader relieved Jacob Barnes
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Dan Jennings pitching
        • Orlando Arcia at shortstop
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep center
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar flied out to center
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mondesi homered to center
        • Hunter Dozier hit for Brian Flynn
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Merrifield flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Burch Smith pitching
        • M. Pina: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pina struck out looking
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Arcia lined out to shortstop
        • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Thames grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Perez flied out to center
        • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Aguilar doubled to deep right
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Miller grounded out to second, Aguilar to third
        • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez lined out to shortstop
        • J. Villar: Ball, Villar grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Abraham Almonte hit for Jake Junis
        • A. Almonte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield flied out to center
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brian Flynn pitching
        • M. Pina: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pina struck out swinging
        • F. Peralta: Foul, Peralta grounded out to third
        • E. Thames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Thames doubled to deep right center
        • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Braun walked
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Yelich grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • E. Thames: Foul, Thames singled to left
        • R. Braun: Braun homered to center, Thames scored
        • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Yelich singled to center
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Yelich stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Miller walked
        • H. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Villar grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas lined out to center
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Villar grounded out to second
        • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pina grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Peralta: Ball, Peralta grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi doubled to right
        • J. Junis: Ball, Strike looking, Junis reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Mondesi out at third
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to deep right
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • R. Braun: Ball, Foul, Braun grounded out to first
        • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Yelich grounded out to second
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Aguilar homered to center
        • B. Miller: Miller singled to center
        • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Perez flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Escobar flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Villar grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pina walked
        • F. Peralta: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
        • E. Thames: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Herrera grounded out to first
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • E. Thames: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
        • R. Braun: Braun doubled to deep left
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich homered to left, Braun scored
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Miller walked
        • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)