Brewers sweep champions
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Yovani Gallardo overcame a tough few days and kept the Milwaukee Brewers on a roll.
Gallardo homered and struck out six in his first start since being arrested on a drunken driving charge, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat San Francisco 7-2 Thursday for a three-game sweep.
“It was tough,” Gallardo said. “It’s obviously something you don’t want to ever run into or happen.
“There’s different things we all go through, different situations. We all have stuff off the field.
Something like that is a big deal. It’s serious. I apologize. I’m just going to do everything possible and everything I have to do so something like that doesn’t happen again.”
Gallardo (1-1) was arrested early Tuesday morning.
The right-hander allowed five hits, one walk and one earned run in six innings.
Milwaukee took all three games from the World Series champion Giants and won its season-high fourth in a row after a 1-8 skid.
“The guys in here, they know what kind of person I am,” Gallardo said. “It’s one of those things, obviously, we all know what happened was a mistake. It wasn’t the brightest thing. But the guys are behind me.”
Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy also homered for Milwaukee, which swept San Francisco for the first time since July 18-20, 2008.
“I think Yo had something to prove and obviously wasn’t happy with what happened a few days ago,” Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. “And he was determined to go out there and do whatever he could to pitch well, and he did.
“Yo is really well-liked here. And they know how hard it is on him, and what he’s going through. I think this is a tight bunch of guys and I think they really pull for each other.”
Milwaukee had a 7-0 lead after three innings.
Gallardo’s two-run homer was his first of the season and 11th of his career, the most by a Milwaukee pitcher.
Braun hit his third homer of the year, a two-run shot in the first. He had been in a 1-for-18 slump, including 11 strikeouts.
In the second, Carlos Gomez was hit with a pitch, stole second and scored on a single by Yuniesky Betancourt. Gallardo’s homer to left made it 5-0.
Lucroy added his two-run homer in the third for a 7-0 lead.
Gallardo’s only blemish came in the fourth. He gave up a leadoff double to Brandon Crawford, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Belt.
Once he left the game, relievers Michael Gonzalez and John Axford each pitched a scoreless inning before Alfredo Figaro gave up a solo homer to Crawford in the ninth.