Braves 3, Brewers 2
ATLANTA (AP) _ John Rocker bounced back from an awful outing to strike out the side in the ninth inning, preserving the Atlanta Braves’ 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.
On Wednesday, the controversial reliever gave up five runs, four walks and one hit in one-third of an inning against the Chicago Cubs.
This time, got his second save since May 18, his 12th in 13 chances this season.
Rocker relieved to start the ninth and struck out James Mouton leading off, then walked Jose Hernandez, Rocker’s 31st walk in 21 innings. He then fanned Henry Blanco and Lyle Mouton, raising his season strikeout total to 33.
Andres Galarraga hit his 18th homer and an RBI double to back John Burkett, who left after six innings with a 2-1 lead. But Jason Marquis (1-0) allowed Marquis Grissom’s homer leading off the eighth.
Quilvio Veras’ sacrifice fly in the eighth off David Weathers (3-3) drove in the go-ahead run. Wally Joyner led off with a double, Bobby Bonilla walked, pinch-runner Trenidad Hubbard advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Henry Blanco and scored on Veras’ fly.
Burkett allowed five hits, taking a shutout into the sixth before Charlie Hayes’ RBI single.
Atlanta won consecutive games for the first time since June 9-10 against Boston. With a record of 10-12 in June, Atlanta is seeking to avoid its first losing month since September 1996.
Milwaukee starter Jason Bere, making his first career appearance against Atlanta, gave up two runs and three hits in six innings and struck out five.
Notes: Bere has surrendered at least one homer in 10 of his last 12 starts. ... The Braves improved to 15-2 when Galarraga homers. ... Milwaukee dropped to 3-7 at Turner Field and 6-17 against Atlanta. ... The Brewers are 11-18 against the NL East this season.