Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto talks to starting pitcher Justin Grimm as the Milwaukee Brewers’ Yuniesky Betancourt (3) rounds the bases on his two-run home run during the first inning Tuesday in Milwaukee. (AP Photo)
MILWAUKEE — Yuniesky Betancourt’s eighth homer of the season capped a five-run first inning Tuesday night against Justin Grimm, and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 6-3 interleague victory over the Texas Rangers.
Grimm, the former Virginia High ace, gave up five earned runs on eight hits in five innings after entering the game with a total of six earned runs allowed this year. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three.
“(The first inning) was long. Too long,” Grimm said. “Balls were finding grass and not gloves. I made a couple of good pitches and I made a couple of bad ones. It was a little frustrating. It was just that one inning there.”
After back-to-back singles by Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura in the first, Ryan Braun drove in Milwaukee’s first run with a single over the head of Nelson Cruz in right field.
“Cruz thought he was closer to the wall,” Texas manager Ron Washington said. “He jumped a little too soon and didn’t come up with the ball.”
But because Segura thought Cruz was going to catch the ball near the warning track, he was headed back to first when he saw Braun rounding the base for what turned out to be a long single.
Segura’s mistake did not cost his team, however.
One by Rangers left fielder David Murphy later in the inning did.
With two outs, NL batting leader Carlos Gomez blooped a two-run double to left-center. Murphy got a bad break on the fly ball hit to his left, and then it bounced passed him as he ran toward it.
“I lost it,” Murphy said. “I don’t know exactly what I lost it in. I tried to change direction just because I was unsure where the ball was. I slipped. I picked it up again. I went after it, and then I lost it again in the window or whatever that is up above the seats (behind home plate). It was an unfortunate play.”
Betancourt followed with his two-run homer, also to left-center, to give Milwaukee a 5-0 lead.
“We really shouldn’t have been in that (5-0) hole,” Washington said.
Grimm (2-2) has 16 strikeouts in his past two games — both losses.
Wily Peralta (3-2) gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out two and did not walk a batter.
Three relievers followed with an inning each for the Brewers, including Jim Henderson in the ninth for his seventh save.
Mitch Moreland homered for the Rangers, who lost consecutive games for the third time this year. They also lost their season-high fourth straight on the road.