After the Brewers would take a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth, the Red Sox would rally with three runs in the top of the fifth with an RBI doubles from both Betts, Dustin Pedroia and Andrew Benintendi. "You guys can ask (management) though". "You know how comfortably racist a place has to be for 34 strangers to look around and say, 'I think I can yell the N-word here'".
Beyond his first rehab start, manager John Farrell is still expecting him to require multiple starts before he's major league ready. Eric Thames had 37 hits, 32 runs and 24 RBI with 13 homers coming into Wednesday, while Travis Shaw put up 31 hits, 15 runs and 25 RBI in that time.
The early cushion helped the Brewers overcome a big night by Boston leadoff hitter Mookie Betts, who went 4 for 4, drove in four runs and finished a triple short of the cycle. He has held opponents to six earned runs over his last five starts, but was tagged for three over six innings his last time out in a 4-3 loss to the Twins.
But Brewers reliever Rob Scahill (1-1) shut down the Red Sox, allowing just two walks over 2 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win.
Chase Anderson (2-0 2.86) pitches game two of the series tonight against Boston's Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 13.50). Boston got those two runs back in the eighth on Betts' double to left. Ryan Braun had singled in between and left the game with tightness in his calf, replaced by Villar as a pinch runner. Counsell had planned to make Thursday an off day for Braun, who missed a week before returning to the lineup Monday. The Red Sox were making their first appearance in Milwaukee since the 2003 season. Boston LHP David Price threw a 60-pitch simulated game Tuesday in Milwaukee as he works his way back from an elbow strain sustained in spring training. He'll make his first career start against the Brewers as the Red Sox wrap up a three-game interleague series at Miller Park.
Brian Johnson could be pushed back one day to get him on turn for the next opportunity, which, considering his effectiveness with Triple-A Pawtucket (2.64 ERA in five starts) would seem logical. He left after three innings in his last start on Friday against Pittsburgh because of a 2 1/2-hour rain delay.