Braves bats, Morton beat Brewers 9-2 for series win

ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Duvall and William Contreras homered to help Charlie Morton win for the first time in five starts as the Atlanta Braves cranked up their bats on Sunday to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2.

Matt Olson hit a two-run double during a four-run second inning. Duvall homered in the third off starter Aaron Ashby and Contreras added a three-run drive in the fifth off Jandel Gustave to pad the lead.

The Braves were winless over Morton’s last four starts, a stretch that included a 7.85 ERA. But the 38-year-old right-hander pitched around three walks to allow two hits with five strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

It was the second game in a row where the Crew’s bats fell silent, after posting double-digit totals in multiple games last week. Milwaukee managed only 4 hits, with no player having a multi-hit game.

Aaron Ashby, who has yet to win a game this season, had a start to forget, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks. Brent Suter and Hoby Milner did not allow a hit in their three innings of work, but the damage was already done.

Milwaukee travels to Cincinnati on Monday to start a three-game series with the struggling Reds. Brandon Woodruff (3-1, 5.18 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Crew against Luis Castillo, who will make his season debut. First pitch is at 5:40 p.m. CT