Brewers strike out 11 times in loss to Rangers
Brewers lose, 1-0
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Mike Minor struck out 11 in eight innings, and the Texas Rangers beat Jordan Lyles and the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep.
Minor (11-6) allowed four hits and walked one. Jose Leclerc finished the four-hitter for his eighth save, securing Texas’ second win in in six games.
Milwaukee star Christian Yelich missed his fifth straight start due to back stiffness, but the reigning NL MVP batted for reliever Alex Claudio in the eighth. The sold-out crowd of 44,411 greeted Yelich with M-V-P chants but the slugger struck out on a 92-mph offering from Minor.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s sacrifice fly off Lyles in the seventh accounted for the game’s only run. The fly ball to right drove in Willie Calhoun, who reached on a leadoff walk and advanced to third on Rougned Odor’s double.
Lyles (7-8) allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked four. It was his first loss in three starts since he was acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh last month.
Ryan Braun had two hits for Milwaukee, which had won five in a row. The Brewers dropped 2 1/2 games back of NL Central-leading Chicago, which rallied for a 6-3 win at Cincinnati.
Rangers: Head to Toronto on Monday to open a three-game series against the Blue Jays. Right-hander Ariel Jurado (6-7, 4.74 ERA) will make his 14th start of the season.
Brewers: Following an off day, Milwaukee hosts Minnesota on Tuesday. Right-hander Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.70 ERA) is scheduled to get the ball for the Brewers. Anderson has failed to earn a decision in each of his last four starts.
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