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MILWAUKEE (AP) – Ryan Braun shared a comment with Ron Roenicke in the dugout that made the Milwaukee Brewers manager feel pretty good about his slugging left fielder.
Braun broke out of his slump with three hits including a homer, Zack Greinke remained unbeaten at Miller Park and the Brewers held off the Houston Astros 6-5 on Monday night.
“Ryan looks good,” Roenicke said. “After the first at-bat, he got the base hit the other way, he came back (to the dugout). He said something to me.”
While Roenicke wouldn’t divulge what that quick conversation was, but he smiled while talking about it.
“I knew,” Roenicke said. “I knew he was feeling good.”
Braun, who came in on a 2-for-20 slump, singled in a run in the first, hit a solo homer in the fifth – his third homer of the year – and doubled in the seventh.
Greinke was also feeling pretty good despite throwing a season-high 115 pitches.
“It was a good game all around,” he said. “It was fun. Made a bunch of good pitches. Team played a really good game.”
Greinke (2-1) struck out a season-high nine in six solid innings to improve to 13-0 at home with Milwaukee, which won its 10th straight against the Astros.
Greinke was slightly critical of himself, even though he won his first career start at Miller Park against the Astros and kept his streak alive.
In the Houston fifth, after consecutive singles put runners at the corners with nobody out, Greinke struck out Jed Lowrie and J.D. Martinez. Carlos Lee singled to load the bases. Greinke walked Brian Bogusevic to force in a run, then fanned Chris Johnson to end the threat.