ATLANTA (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers showed they can win without the long ball.
Eric Lauer allowed one earned run, Christian Yelich’s infield single was the big hit in Milwaukee’s four-run sixth inning, and the streaking Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Friday night.
After hitting 20 homers in a six-game homestand against the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati, the Brewers found different ways to score as they opened a nine-game trip.
“There’s games where it’s fun to be in a slugfest and games where it’s fun to see runs get manufactured,” Lauer said.
The NL Central-leading Brewers have won four straight and nine of 10.
Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. opened the fourth with a 450-foot homer to center field — his first since returning from knee surgery. The momentum of Acuña’s big swing forced him to fall in the batter’s box before he rose to jog around the bases.
“I knew I got all of it,” Acuña said through a translator. “I just fell because I slipped a little bit afterward. … I feel good, thankfully, and I feel healthy. That’s the most important thing, thank God.”
Acuña’s slip surprised Lauer.
“I thought that’s kind of embarrassing if he hit it that far while he fell, but it was afterward,” Lauer said.
Lauer (3-0) gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. He had eight strikeouts, giving him 32 in his last three starts. The left-hander has allowed no more than one earned run in four consecutive starts and has a 1.82 ERA.
Dansby Swanson added an eighth-inning homer off Jandel Gustave for Atlanta.
Four Milwaukee pitchers combined to allow three hits, including the two home runs.
Josh Hader pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Hader, who had been bothered by back spasms, made his first…