Jose Reyes had three hits – his fifth game in August with at
least that many – and Bautista was one of five other players with
multiple hits for the Blue Jays, who remained 4 1/2 games out of the
second wild-card spot in the American League. R.A. Dickey (10-12)
entered the contest tied for the league lead with nine road losses,
but managed to snap a three-start winless streak despite yielding
five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Carlos Gomez clubbed his third homer in four games, but it was not
enough as Milwaukee saw its lead in the National League Central drop
to 1 1/2 games over St. Louis. Rookie Jimmy Nelson (2-4) was unable
to record his sixth consecutive quality start and lost for the
fourth time in his last five decisions, giving up four runs on nine
hits in 5 2/3 frames.
After tallying a season-high seven doubles in its series-opening
win, Milwaukee used two more on Wednesday to jump out to a two-run
advantage after Jean Segura plated a run in the second and Mark
Reynolds followed suit in the fourth. Toronto answered with a
two-run fifth on an RBI ground-rule double by Melky Cabrera, who
scored moments later on Edwin Encarnacion’s single up the middle.
The Brewers reclaimed the lead in the bottom half, but the Blue Jays
tied it in the sixth with back-to-back one-out doubles and pulled
ahead on Reyes’ run-scoring single before Bautista capped the rally
with a line drive into the Milwaukee bullpen in left off Brandon
Kintzler. Gomez cut the 7-3 deficit in half with a two-run blast in
the bottom half, but Colby Rasmus countered with one of his own to
restore the four-run lead in the ninth.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Toronto, which entered the contest with a league-worst run
total (47) and record (4-12) in August, posted its best offensive output
in 20 games since defeating Boston 14-1 on July 28. … Including Dickey,
the last six pitchers Nelson has opposed have combined for six Cy Young
Awards and five of baseball’s last seven no-hitters. … Bautista has
reached base safely in 27 consecutive contests and 111 of his 120 starts
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