Zito impresses as A’s beat Brewers split squad 5-2

Brewers win in Philadelphia, 7-4

Barry Zito, attempting a comeback at age 36 after a year off from baseball, threw four scoreless innings in relief as the Oakland Athletics beat a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 5-2 on Sunday.

In his second appearance of the spring, Zito allowed just one hit and retired 11 of the 12 hitters he faced to end the game.

Ryan Braun, who had offseason thumb surgery, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts for the Brewers. Braun, who missed the previous three games with the flu, is 0 for 10 with four strikeouts in Cactus League play.

Jonathan Lucroy homered for Milwaukee in his second spring training game and caught five innings. Brewers opening-day starter Kyle Lohse allowed two hits in 4 1-3 innings, striking out three.

Billy Burns improved his batting average to .441 with two hits for the A’s.