Atlanta Braves' A.J. Pierzynski hits an RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Morry Gash
July 08, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers' pitcher Tyler Cravy thought his major league debut was better than his first start at Miller Park.

A.J. Pierzynski homered among his three hits, Manny Banuelos earned his first major league win and the Atlanta Braves beat Milwaukee 4-3 Tuesday night.

Cravy (0-2) started in place of Matt Garza, who went on the disabled list Monday. Cravy gave up three runs in six innings in his second major league start. He made his debut June 2 at St. Louis, a 1-0 loss.

''I think I was a little better the last time,'' Cravy said. ''I made too many mistakes tonight and they took advantage of them.''

Pierzynski hit his sixth homer and drove in two runs. He is 10 for 13 in his last three games, and it is the first time in his career he has finished with at least three hits in three straight games.

Banuelos (1-0) gave up one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander, who made his big league debut last week, started in place of the injured Williams Perez.

''I'm pretty happy and it's pretty exciting,'' Banuelos said. ''Getting my first `W' was pretty fun.''

Jason Grilli got his 24th save to give Atlanta its seventh victory in nine games.

One day after tying his season high with four hits, Pierzynski got hits in his first three at-bats. His solo homer made it 1-all in the second.

Pierzynski added a run-scoring bloop single in the fourth for a 2-1 lead and singled in the sixth.

''Tyler was good,'' Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. ''He kept us in the game. He had some quick innings and with two outs, they put together some rallies. He did a nice job.''

Jonathan Lucroy hit his second home run of the year and first since June 5, connecting in the first off Banuelos. In the rookie's major league debut against Washington, he did not allow a run and gave up two hits in 5 2-3 innings before leaving with cramping and dehydration.

Adam Lind hit a solo homer in the Milwaukee eighth, his 15th.


It was partly sunny, but the Miller Park roof was closed because it was 65 degrees at the start of the game. It was the 43rd home game and the roof has been open just nine times.


With Khris Davis starting in left field, Gerardo Parra was forced to the bench despite being the first Brewers' player since Brady Clark in 2005 to have six multi-hit games in a row. Parra entered the night seventh in the NL with a .311 batting average.


One day after making four roster moves, the Braves recalled RHP Mike Foltynewicz from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned OF Joey Terdoslavich to the G-Braves. Foltynewicz was with Atlanta from May 1-June 17 and was 3-2 with a 5.19 ERA in nine starts.


Braves: Julio Teheran (6-4) defeated Milwaukee on May 21 by allowing two hits and one earned run in seven innings.

Brewers: Mike Fiers (4-7) is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA over his last three starts.


Braves: Banuelos was making another start in place of Perez, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 27 with a bruised left foot.

Brewers: Davis was reinstated from the disabled list before the game and RHP David Goforth was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Davis went 1 for 3 with a walk and scored.

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