Peralta, Gomez lead Brewers over Giants 3-1
SAN FRANCISCO—Carlos Gomez homered, Wily Peralta outdueled Matt Cain to end a three-start winless stretch and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Gomez hit his 18th homer in the second as the Brewers jumped on Cain (7-7) early. Jonathan Lucroy added a ninth-inning sacrifice fly.
Peralta (8-11) struck out six of nine batters during an early sequence and finished with six Ks in 6 1/3 innings for his first career victory against the Giants.
Cain was handed his first loss since the All-Star break. The right-hander had been 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in the second half, and pitched well enough to win this one.
Brandon Crawford doubled to start the eighth but the Giants failed to bring him home for what would have been the tying run. Cain allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter for the fifth time this year — but it wasn’t enough with little help from a stagnant offense.
He has had his toughest moments against Milwaukee, going 3-7 in 11 career starts. The struggling defending World Series champions are 2 for 22 (.090) with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series.
Pinch-hitter Joaquin Arias drove in a run on a groundout in the seventh as San Francisco avoided being shut out. Arias’ fielding error in the ninth led to Milwaukee scoring an unearned run on Lucroy’s sac fly.
The Brewers did just enough to back Peralta. In the fourth, Norichika Aoki doubled leading off the inning and advanced on Jean Segura’s groundout. With Aoki well off third, catcher Buster Posey threw to try to get him. But the throw sailed wildly into shallow left field past third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who wasn’t close despite lunging to his left and Aoki scored.
Peralta had lost his previous two starts and was winless in three outings since back-to-back victories July 9 and 14. Peralta singled to start the sixth for his seventh career hit and sixth this year.
Jim Henderson came on and retired four batters for his 16th save in 19 chances.