Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies
When: 8:40 p.m. Thursday
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
TV/Radio: SportSouth, 99.3 FM
MILWAUKEE — Julio Teheran just can’t win on the road, though not for lack of effort.
Carlos Gomez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning and also had a solo shot in the sixth to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Wednesday.
Teheran pitched seven strong innings and left with a 5-3 lead as Atlanta tried to sweep the three-game series.
Backed by home runs from Cameron Maybin and Kelly Johnson, Teheran looked headed for his first road win since beating Miami on opening day.
He beat Philadelphia at home in his last outing, giving up an unearned run in seven innings, and wanted to take that momentum to Milwaukee.
“I tried to do what I did the last time at home,” Teheran said. “I tried to break that string on the road that I’ve been having.”
He is 0-5 in his last nine starts away from Turner Field. He allowed three runs on just two hits, both home runs, walked three and tied his season high with eight strikeouts. He also struck out eight when he beat Milwaukee 10-3 on May 21.
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway said Teheran settled down after a 24-pitch first inning. He walked two, but then kept them from scoring.
“He’s competing his butt off, and I think that’s what is important,” Lavarnway said. “Sometimes it takes a little kick in the pants for him to flip the switch to get angry and real competitive.”
Maybin’s two-run homer and Johnson’ solo shot off Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers highlighted the Braves’ four-run third inning. Nick Markakis knocked in a run with a double in the seventh.
Khris Davis gave the Brewers some hope in their half of the fourth with his first home run since May 25, a two-run shot that banged off the scoreboard in deep center. He had just been activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday after missing 35 games with a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Gomez hit his seventh to pull Milwaukee to 4-3 in the sixth.
Fiers allowed four runs on four hits over six innings.
The Brewers trailed 5-3 before Gomez’s eighth home run off reliever Luis Avilan (2-3), who failed to hold the lead for Teheran and Atlanta. Shane Peterson and Gerardo Parra each reached on bloop hits before Avilan struck out Jonathan Lucroy. Gomez followed and drilled a 3-1 pitch into the seats.
Jeremy Jeffress (3-0) picked up the win with 1 1-3 scoreless innings of relief, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 19th save in as many chances.
Braves: Freddie Freeman (right wrist contusion) continues to receive medical treatment back in Atlanta. The club expects his return some time after the All-Star break. He has been on the 15-day DL since June 23, retroactive to June 18.
Brewers: Manager Craig Counsell sat 3B Aramis Ramirez and RF Ryan Braun, but expects them both to play Friday. With Thursday being a day off, Braun gets two days to rest his sore right wrist.
CAN’T KEEP IT IN THE PARK
The Brewers’ pitching staff leads the majors with 98 home runs allowed. Maybin and Johnson’s homers pushed the opponents’ total to 72 at Miller Park.
BRAVES STILL LEAD ALL-TIME SERIES
The Braves lead the all-time series with Milwaukee 75-49, including 34-25 at Miller Park.
Braves: LHP Alex Wood (6-5) makes his second career start Thursday against the Rockies when he opens the four-game series at Colorado. He allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings, walked one and struck out seven in the 11-3 win on July 30, 2013.
Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-8) looks for his fourth consecutive victory on Friday when he makes his 18th start of the season and first against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.