BOSTON (AP) – Hunter Renfro belted a two-run homer over the Green Monster, Eric Lauer played five innings of a one-run ball for their first win in a month and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Boston 9-4 on Saturday. defeated, sent. The Red Sox suffered their 13th defeat in 16 matches.
Omar Narvaez and Tyrone Taylor each added a single shot, and Rowdy Tellez drove in three hits and one run for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who are 7-1 since the All-Star break.
Milwaukee, playing Boston for the first time since 2014, will try to sweep the three-match series on Sunday.
Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogarts had an RBI single for Boston, the last in the AL East and seven for nine in the season-long 10-day game homestand.
Renfro, who played a season with the Red Sox before being traded to the Brewers last November, belted a curveball from Nick Pivetta (8-8) in the second row of seats for his 18th homer, making it 4-1 in the fifth. Pivetta fell on one knee after being exposed to Renfro and did not turn to look.
Trailing 5–1 in the seventh, Vazquez and Bogarts had consecutive run-scoring hits before JD Martinez cut Boston’s deficit with a sacrificial fly, on which Renfro scored a fine over-the-shoulder. Catch made.
Milwaukee gave it away with three in the ninth when Taylor got home in the eye of a center field batsman.
Starting his first career at Fenway Park, Lauer (7–3) allowed four hits, with four strikeouts and three walks, earning his first win since June 17 in Cincinnati.
Narvaez hit a curve down the strike zone from Pivetta, sending it into Boston’s bullpen.
Making his best start in a month, Pivetta conceded four runs and nine hits in five innings.
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The Brewers stole three bases against C Kevin Plavecki, who has caught just one from 22 attempts this season.
First base umpire Mike Muchlinski made a quick “safe” call and immediately changed it to “out” when Boston’s Jaren Duran was selected. No replay review was asked and they clearly got the call right.
Sox roster shuffle
Arroyo was activated on Saturday from the 10-day injured list and INF Jeter Downs was demoted to Triple-A Worcester.
Brewers: C Victor Caratini was hit in the helmet by a back swing from Francy Cordero and went to the ground, but he remained in the game. … RHP Freddy Peralta (IL since late May, right shoulder) began his second rehab on Friday night, scoring five runs in 3 1/3 innings for Triple-A Nashville.
Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said a second opinion test revealed a “slight hairline fracture” after 2B Trevor Storey suffered an injury to his right arm and would be barred from swinging the bat for 10 days. The story has been on IL since July 14 after Tampa Bay’s Cory Kluber suffered a hand injury. … RHP Michael Couch threw a mock game, his second from the mound at Fenway, and Cora said he would go to rehab work next week if he felt okay. … 3B Raphael Devers (IL, right hamstring) is expected to move to Houston with the team next week.
LHP Aaron Ashby (2-8, 4.38 ERA) is set to begin the series finale on Sunday for the Brewers. RHP Josh Winkowski (3-5, 5.18) is scheduled for the Red Sox.
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