Milwaukee streak snapped

GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer Published:

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A familiar foil brought the Brewers' nine-game winning streak to an end.

Cardinals righty Lance Lynn continued his mastery of Milwaukee after striking out 11 in seven innings and Jon Jay hit a three-run homer to give St. Louis a 4-0 victory Monday night.

Lynn allowed three hits and three walks over seven innings before Carlos Martinez finished off the surprising Brewers, who still have the majors' best record at 10-3. Lynn (3-0) frustrated hitters by mixing a fastball that topped 95 mph with a slider.

"He throws the nice breaking ball and he usually keeps the ball down well," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Every time I've seen the guy, he's tough."

Lynn boasted a career 2.53 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 42-plus innings over 10 games against the Brewers coming in.

Jhonny Peralta hit a solo shot in the second off Brewers starter Matt Garza (0-2) before Jay sent a ball over the wall near the right field corner in the sixth.

Roenicke said he didn't think Garza had his best stuff, yet Garza kept pace with Lynn until running into trouble in the sixth. Allen Craig reached on a fielder's choice with two outs and Peralta singled to set up Jay's homer.

Until then, the Brewers seemed like they were so close to getting out of the jam after throwing out a runner at home and retiring a runner trying to advance to third for the second out.

"I felt we had momentum after we had the tag at home ... and then (Jay's homer) was a backbreaker," Garza said. "But we're fine. We'll come back and we'll start a new (streak) tomorrow."

Lynn cooled off a Brewers team that was off to its best start since opening the 1987 season with 13 straight wins.

Lynn had Brewers batters missing all night. Jonathan Lucroy, a .357 hitter entering Monday, missed badly on a fastball low in the zone in the second for a strikeout. Two batters later, Scooter Gennett was left frozen at the plate on a called third strike on a heater outside.

Milwaukee's best hope to score came in the fifth after No. 8 hitter Logan Schafer doubled to right with two outs to put runners at second and third. But that brought Garza, a career .094 hitter, to the plate and he struck out on three pitches.

Otherwise, the Brewers didn't get another runner past second.

"Location. He was making good pitches early on and it looked like he had a little more life," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said about Lynn.

With Lynn in control, about the only other drama provided by the Cardinals was when leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter was ejected in the fifth after apparently saying something to umpire Bob Davidson following a called third strike.

Garza allowed nine hits and four runs, and struck out six in seven innings for Milwaukee. Rookie reliever Wei-Chung Wang, a Rule 5 pick, allowed a hit but pitched a scoreless ninth in making his big league debut.

Wang, 21, of Taiwan, said through an interpreter he was more nervous when he made his spring training debut. "I'm happy I didn't give up any runs," said Wang, teased in the clubhouse afterward for giving his first interview.

Wang also saw snow for the first time and got his first major league paycheck Monday. Flurries fell before the game outside Miller Park, which has a retractable roof.

Jean Segura, who was batting 1 for 19 at home entering Monday, had two of the hits against Lynn.

BRAVES 9, PHILLIES 6

PHILADELPHIA -- Dan Uggla hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the ninth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a wild win over the Phillies.

Evan Gattis also homered twice and Uggla drove in five runs as the Braves won their fourth straight. The teams combined for five homers and 12 runs in the final two innings.

Gattis, Uggla and Andrelton Simmons hit consecutive homers in the eighth that put Atlanta ahead 5-1.

Domonic Brown's three-run homer capped a five-run bottom of the eighth that gave the Phillies a 6-5 lead.

But the Braves rallied against Jake Diekman (1-1).

Luis Avilan (3-1) wound up with the win and David Carpenter got his first save.

Ryan Howard homered and Marlon Byrd drove in two runs for Philadelphia. Utley had two hits, and is batting .489 this season.

NATIONALS 9, MARLINS 2

MIAMI -- Jordan Zimmermann bounced back from the shortest start of his career to pitch seven innings and lead the Nationals to a win over the Marlins, who endured their eighth loss in a row.

Bryce Harper had two doubles and an RBI triple for Washington. He has batted .520 over his past seven games to boost his average to .348.

Catcher Sandy Leon hit his first career home run, while Tyler Moore also homered and had an RBI single. Anthony Rendon drove in three runs with a double and a triple, and Danny Espinosa doubled and tripled for two of the Nationals' 11 extra-base hits.

Zimmermann (1-0) allowed two runs, struck out seven and lowered his ERA from 8.10 to 5.27.

Brad Hand (0-1) fell to 1-11 in his career as a starter. He lasted only three innings while allowing five runs and five extra-base hits.

PADRES 5, ROCKIES 4

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres scored twice in the eighth inning on Rex Brothers' wild pitch and catcher Wilin Rosario's errant throw back to the plate, lifting San Diego to a victory over the Rockies.

The Rockies held a one-run lead when Brothers walked the bases loaded with two outs. Facing Yasmani Grandal, Brothers (1-2) unleashed a wild throw. As Rosario retrieved the pitch, he turned and threw wildly back to Brothers covering the plate.

The ball was out of Brothers' reach and Xavier Nady scored. As the ball sailed past the mound, Seth Smith scored from second base as the Padres took a 5-4 lead.

Dale Thayer (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning and Huston Street worked the ninth for his fourth save.

METS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 3

PHOENIX -- Lucas Duda had four hits and two RBIs, Zack Wheeler pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Mets beat the Diamondbacks.

David Wright added two RBIs and the Mets had 13 hits to open a three-game series in the desert they hope won't be too costly.

Juan Lagares left in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring after legging out a grounder. Curtis Granderson went out in the sixth with rib and forearm injuries he sustained in a collision with the wall in the first, though X-rays were negative.

Wheeler (1-2) worked around traffic to end a five-start winless streak.

Miguel Montero had three RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who lost their sixth straight at Chase Field after Josh Collmenter (0-1) gave up three runs the first three innings.

ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Pinch-hitter John Jaso came through with a two-run homer off closer Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Yoenis Cespedes also went deep for the A's, offsetting Albert Pujols' 496th home run.

Frieri (0-1) was trying to preserve a 2-1 lead for starter Hector Santiago when Josh Donaldson led off the ninth with a single. One out later, Jaso drove a 1-2 pitch deep into the right-field seats for his first homer of the season and the first by an A's pinch-hitter.

Jaso has six homers and 21 RBIs at Angel Stadium along with a .424 average, the highest by any player with at least 75 plate appearances at the "Big A."

Jim Johnson (1-2) got the victory with a scoreless eighth, and Luke Gregerson earned his second save.

Pujols also had an RBI single.

ORIOLES 7, RAYS 1

BALTIMORE -- Wei-Yin Chen took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and Baltimore got its offense back on track against Chris Archer in a victory over Tampa Bay.

Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy each had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Orioles, who were coming off a three-game series against Toronto in which they scored only five runs in 30 innings.

In this one, Baltimore built a 6-0 lead over the first three innings and coasted to the finish. The Orioles had 13 hits, including five doubles.

It was by far the worst of Archer's 30 big league starts. The seven runs and 12 hits allowed by Archer (1-1) were both career highs, and his ERA jumped from 1.38 to 4.50.

Chen (2-1) retired his first 10 batters and didn't allow a hit until James Loney doubled with one out in the fifth. The left-hander gave up one run, five hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings.

MARINERS 7, RANGERS 1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Zunino homered an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle's strange six-run outburst that included three Texas Rangers errors and a replay reversal that gave the Mariners a run.

Roenis Elias (1-1) worked into the seventh inning with five strikeouts for his first major league victory in his third career start.

The Mariners went ahead to stay in the fifth on Zunino's solo homer off Colby Lewis (0-1), who made his first big league start in 21 months after elbow and hip operations.

Rangers manager Ron Washington was ejected during Seattle's six-run sixth for arguing a call that was overturned on instant replay in favor of the Mariners.

Seattle had gone 21 innings without a run before Zunino's third homer.

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