A losing streak broken and some hitting streaks extended. Welcome to Interleague!
Win: Wily Peralta (3-2)
Loss: Justin Grimm (2-2)
Save: Jim Henderson (7)
HR: Betancourt (8), Aramis Ramirez (1), Moreland (5)
MVP: Carlos Gomez (.122 WPA)
LVP: Rickie Weeks (-.038 WPA)
Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph
Most of the fireworks happened early in this game, as the Rangers' defense made a couple of bonehead moves and the Brewers put five on the board in the first inning.
It started with Nori Aoki legging out an infield single. Jean Segura followed with the first of his two hits (hit 13th multi-hit game of the seeason). Ryan Braun hit one to right field that looked to be an easy out, but somehow allowed Nelson Cruz to repeat his Game 6 miss. Aoki ran through Ed Sedar's stop sign to score the first run. Segura had to hold up thinking it would be caught, meaning Braun was stuck with a single. Rickie Weeks lined out to left fielder David Murphy. Carlos Gomez hit a similar ball that somehow tricked Murphy, who got a late break on it and then someone let it get to the wall. Gomez ended up on second with two RBI and the score was 3-0. Yuni Betancourt took sole possession of the team HR lead and the Brewers headed to the second with a 5-0 lead.
Wily Peralta pitched six innings. Some questionable plays from his infielders led to a couple of runs in the sixth, but he left the game after 97 pitches with a 5-3 lead. Tom Gorzelanny, Brandon Kintzler and Jim Henderson each threw a scoreless inning to close out the game.
Braun's first inning hit continued his Interleague hitting streak. Gomez's hit moved his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. Aramis Ramirez added a BMIR in the seventh with a solo HR, his first of the season. (He was promptly pulled for Jeff Bianchi, leaving the Brewers with three SS playing the infield.)