Brewers beat Braves 6-3; Acuña homers in return for Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Eric Lauer allowed one earned run, Christian Yelich’s infield single was the big hit in Milwaukee’s four-run sixth inning, and the streaking Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3.

The NL Central-leading Brewers have won four straight and nine of 10. Lauer gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. He had eight strikeouts.

Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. opened the fourth with a 450-foot homer to center field — his first since returning from knee surgery.

The Crew has posted 40 runs over the last four games, allowing only 15. Milwaukee pitchers have been consistently strong during the winning streak, with the four pitchers taking the hill Friday allowing only three hits.

Closer Josh Hader continues his stellar start to the season, earning his 11th save. The Brewers moved to 19-8 on the season, and lead the NL Central by 2.5 games. The team has the best record in the National League and second-best in MLB behind the 18-7 Yankees.

The Braves and Brewers will square off in Game 2 of their series in Atlanta on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. CT.