Gennett homers twice in Brewers 5-1 win
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Scooter Gennett homered twice, Marco Estrada worked six solid innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Texas 5-1 on Tuesday night, ending the Rangers’ eight-game winning streak.
Khris Davis also homered for the Brewers. His solo shot in the seventh ricocheted high off the left-field pole and chased Alexi Ogando (5-4).
Gennett, a 23-year-old rookie second baseman listed at 157 pounds and playing only his 26th major league game, led off the third pulling a ball into the second deck of seats in right field.
Then in the fifth, the Brewers’ No. 9 batter hit a two-run homer that landed in the seats under that for a 3-1 lead.
Estrada (5-4) allowed one run and four hits against AL West-leading Texas, which was coming off its first 9-1 trip in team history.
Jim Henderson, the fourth Brewers pitcher, came on to retire Ian Kinsler on an inning-ending soft liner with the bases loaded in the eighth. The right-hander also worked the ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.
Ogando allowed four runs and six hits while working more than five innings for the first time in his five starts since coming off the disabled list because of biceps tendinitis.
The right-hander had allowed only three homers in his previous eight starts going back to the beginning of May.
Mitch Moreland homered leading off the third for the only Texas run. He got a better reception from his teammates than Gennett, who was in the dugout for more than 20 seconds after his first homer before he was acknowledged.
The Brewers added a run in the eighth when Jean Segura scored after getting caught in a rundown between third and home.
Segura singled, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch before his unusual score, which came after a pitch way outside when Jeff Bianchi first showed bunt before pulling his bat back.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski threw to third baseman Adrian Beltre to get the runner in a jam. There were three more relay throws, with Pierzynski throwing wide on the inside of third base.
By the time the catcher got the relay from Beltre, Segura was going around him and avoided a sweeping tag to score for a 5-1 lead.
The Rangers official scorer conferred with Elias about the play before crediting a double steal, with Segura going home and Jonathan Lucroy going to second on the play.
Notes: The start of the game was delayed 42 minutes by rain. … The Rangers recognized Ron Washington in a pregame ceremony for becoming the team’s winningest manager. He was presented a jersey with the No. 582 on it, signifying the Aug. 4 win at Oakland that pushed him past Bobby Valentine. … Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez, who had been on the disabled list since July 8 with patellar tendinitis in his left knee, went 0 for 3. He was replaced in the field by Bianchi in the bottom of the sixth. … Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin, who was general manager of the Rangers from October 1994 until October 2001, was with the Brewers for their first trip to Texas since 2007.