Brewers 5, Rangers 1: Scooter socks a few dingers

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Estrada shuts down the Rangers while Gennett hits two home runs to lead the Brewers to victory.

Win: Marco Estrada (5-4)
Loss: Alexi Ogando (5-4)
Save: Jim Henderson (17)

HR: Scooter Gennett (3,4), Khris Davis (4), Mitch Moreland (17)

MVP: Scooter Gennett (.313)
LVP: Aramis Ramirez (-.113)

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Making only his second start after coming off the DL, Marco Estrada was able to cool off a scalding hot Rangers team that had won eight straight games and was averaging more than six runs a game in those eight wins.  Estrada looked great in his six innings pitched and led the Brewers to a 5-1 victory.

The Brewers started off the scoring tonight on a second deck home run from Scooter Gennett in the top of the third inning.  The home run was Gennett's third of the season and second in the last three games.

Mitch Moreland tied the game for the Rangers in the first at-bat of the bottom of the third with a home run that barely snuck over the wall in right field.

After a walk from Logan Schafer, Scooter Gennett broke the tie with his second home run of the game into right field.  Gennett has swung a hot bat lately and after going 2 for 4 Tuesday night, he is now 7 for 15 with five runs, three home runs, and six RBIs in his last four games.

Khris Davis knocked Alexi Ogando out of the game in the seventh inning with his fourth home run of the season.  Besides the home runs, the Brewers weren't able to manage all that much against Ogando.  Ogando allowed six hits, two walks, and four earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched.

While Ogando may not have been able to avoid the long ball, Estrada was able to keep the ball in play and put together a very good start.  In his second start since coming off the DL, Estrada held one of the hottest offenses in baseball to just one run in six innings on four hits and no walks.  Estrada has now given up only one run in 11 innings pitched since he returned to the starting rotation.

The Brewers added their fifth run of the game in the top of the eighth inning on some pitiful defense from the Rangers.  After an Aoki groundout, Jean Segura singled and then stole second base.  Segura moved up to third on a wild pitch from Joakim Soria during a twelve-pitch walk to Jonathan Lucroy.  After a botched squeeze attempt, Segura found himself in a rundown that he managed to score on because of terrible execution from Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Michael Gonzalez entered for the Brewers in the eighth inning following a scoreless inning from Brandon Kintzler and loaded the bases with only registering one out.  Rob Wooten entered with the bases loaded and struck out Elvis Andrus.  Jim Henderson came in after Wooten and was able to get the final out of the inning on a lineout to third base from Ian Kinsler.

Henderson put runners on first and second with only one out in the bottom of the ninth, but was able to escape and collect his 17th save of the season.

The Brewers will be in Texas again tomorrow before heading home to take on Cincinnati in a four game series this weekend.  The series starts a stretch in which the Brewers will play 32 of their next 35 games against NL Central opponents.  After two scoreless starts, Tyler Thornburg will take the mound for the Brewers against Matt Garza for the Rangers.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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