MILWAUKEE (CBS / AP) — Wily Peralta became the first 14-game winner in the majors this season, earning his fifth straight victory and pitching the Milwaukee Brewers past the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Thursday.
Peralta (14-6) struck out a career-high nine in 6 2-3 innings. He gave up seven hits and walked one.
Peralta had been tied for wins with four pitchers in the NL and two in the AL.
Jake Peavy (0-3) is 0-12 in 18 outings since winning at Toronto while with Boston on April 25. He has lost five straight starts overall.
Peavy gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings in his third start since being acquired from the Red Sox.
After escaping a first-inning jam, Peralta pitched effectively until the seventh. He left with two outs and two on, and Jeremy Jeffress retired Hunter Pence on a fly ball to preserve a 3-1 lead.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 34th save.
It was 1-all until the sixth. Aramis Ramirez doubled and scored on a ground-rule double by Khris Davis, whose soft liner down the right-field line was picked up by a fan. Davis came home on Mark Reynolds’ sacrifice fly to deep left.
Peavy showed some hustle in the fifth. He struck out swinging, but when the ball skipped away from catcher Jonathan Lucroy, he raced to first on the wild pitch. Peavy didn’t even draw a throw and later scored on Hunter Pence’s single.
Ryan Braun snapped a 0-for-12 skid with a RBI double in the Milwaukee first.
Giants: Outfielder Angel Pagan (back inflammation) was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. He missed 44 games while the Giants went 18-26 with him out of the lineup. The corresponding move was not announced.
Brewers: Second baseman Scooter Gennett was held out of the game in a precautionary move. He played Wednesday night after missing four of the last five games with quadriceps tightness.
Giants: San Francisco opens a series at Kansas City on Friday night, with Madison Bumgarner (13-8) starting against the Royals’ Jason Vargas.
Brewers: Right-hander Kyle Lohse (11-6, 3.40) starts at home on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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