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Monday, May 19th (All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (27-17) at Atlanta Braves (23-19), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Wily Peralta (4-2, 2.05) Atlanta - Mike Minor (1-2, 4.24)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Brewers continue a 10-game road trip on Monday night as they visit the Atlanta Braves for the first of four straight meetings at Turner Field.
The Brewers began their swing with a series loss to the Chicago Cubs, losing Sunday's rubber match 4-2. It marked Milwaukee's first series loss at Wrigley Field since Sept. 19-21, 2011.
Milwaukee right-hander Marco Estrada suffered his first loss in six starts after yielding four runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings.
The Brewers loaded the bases in the first inning, but failed to score a run as the offense continued to struggle. Rickie Weeks finally ended the club's 20- inning scoreless drought with a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
"That was certainly our opportunity and after that there was nothing," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke of the first inning.
Roenicke will hand the ball tonight to Wily Peralta, who is 4-2 with a 2.05 earned run average on the season and has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of his starts this season.
The right-hander is coming off a tough-luck no-decision as he did not factor into a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Peralta gave up just one run on five hits and a walk over seven innings.
Peralta, 25, is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two previous starts against the Braves, allowing just one run over 13 innings.
The Braves will hope to defeat Peralta tonight after snapping a three-game slide with Sunday's 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Atlanta was on the verge of getting swept before rallying for a pair of runs in the ninth inning. Freddie Freeman began the frame with a single and later moved to third on Ryan Doumit's two-out double.
Evan Gattis was intentionally walked to loaded the bases and Jordan Schafer then drew an eight-pitch walk to force in the tying run. Carlos Martinez entered the game for the Cardinals and unleashed a wild pitch that scored Doumit for the winning run.
"We grinded it out today," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "It was nice to win this one and maybe it will help us in the right direction."
Mike Minor is hoping he is on the right path and he gets the call for the Braves tonight.
Minor, who began the season on the disabled list, lost his first two starts before beating the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Tuesday. The 26-year-old southpaw hurled 6 2/3 scoreless frames, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out 16.
Minor retired 16 in a row at one point and lowered his season ERA to 4.24.
Minor is 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA in four previous meetings with the Brewers.
Atlanta won two of three over the Brewers in Milwaukee from March 31-April 2.
05/19 10:23:40 ET