Milwaukee (AP) — Rowdy Tellez hit a pair of two-run homers against his former team, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-3 on Sunday.
Milwaukee took two out of three in the series between teams meeting for the first time since 2017.
Tellez, who was traded to the Brewers from Toronto last July, made the home in the first innings. He then joined another for his 13th home run.
Milwaukee scored five times in the second. Tyrone Taylor went ahead with a double, Jess Peterson then reached a perfectly executed drag bunt and Jonathan Davis had an infield single that brought in a run.
After Christian Yelich had an RBI grounder, Tellez left Jose Berios (5-4) again, driving a pitch to the right-hand wall. The drive gave the Brewers an 8–3 lead as a crowd of over 35,000 stood up and chanted Tellez’s name.
Tellez has had two multi-homer games this season and seven in his career.
Jandel Gustav (1-0) gave Chi Chi Gonzalez relief after playing two goalless innings to win. Gonzalez and four Milwaukee relievers made Toronto scoreless after the first inning.
Alejandro Kirk first hit a three-run homer in Toronto. A run-scoring double by Omar Narvez later in the innings also pulled Milwaukee away, after Tellez homed in the bottom half.
Gonzalez made his second start for the Brewers, conceding four hits and three runs in four innings.
Berios allowed eight hits and a season-high eight runs in 2 2/3 innings. He conceded six runs in four innings in his previous debut against the Chicago White Sox on June 20.
Blue Jays: George Springer returns to the starting lineup after losing three consecutive games with a right elbow trouble. … Kirk started behind the plate after serving as DH on Saturday. Davis’ backswing cut Kirk’s hand, forcing him to forego Friday night’s game.
Brewers: Hunter Renfro was placed on a 10-day injured list with a left calf strain and recalled to Pablo Reyes’ INF/ from Triple-A Nashville. … 2B Colten Wong, who has been at IL with a calf injury, played the second game of a rehab assignment with a Class A Wisconsin on Sunday and made his first at-bat.
Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Gossman (5-6, 3.19 ERA) will begin as Toronto begins an eight-game homestand to host the Red Sox on Monday in Canada. Gossman is 5-8 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 career appearances (17 starts) against Boston.
Brewers: After a day off on Monday, Milwaukee is on course to face the Tampa Bay Rays. RHP Brandon Woodruff (5-3, 4.74) starts in St. Louis on Tuesday for the first time since May 27. Woodruff is on a 15-day injured list with a right ankle sprain and Raynaud’s syndrome, which affected the fingers of this throwing hand.
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