Aguilar’s 2-run double helps Brewers beat Giants 4-2
By JOE TOTORAITIS
MILWAUKEE — Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Aguilar sent a low, 0-1 pitch from Tony Watson into the gap in right-center field to score Curtis Granderson and Eric Thames. Hunter Strickland (3-5) started the seventh and walked the pinch-hitters. Watson took over one out later.
The Brewers pushed their wild-card lead to 1 1/2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost 5-3 to the Detroit Tigers.
Josh Hader (5-1) worked two innings of scoreless relief and picked up the win. Joakim Soria pitched a perfect eighth, and Jeremy Jeffress handled the ninth, earning his ninth save.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected in the ninth by home plate umpire Adam Hamari after arguing about the strike zone. Nick Hundley had just been called out and had words with Hamari. Bochy came out and added his own comments before getting tossed.
Giants starter Derek Holland worked out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. He caught Hernan Perez looking at a called third strike. Holland matched his season high with eight strikeouts for the fourth time this season.
He walked five and allowed just two hits in six innings. Both hits came in the first: Lorenzo Cain had a base hit and, two outs later, Ryan Braun hit his 15th home run.
Alen Hanson tied it for the Giants, leading off the fifth with his eighth home run of the season.
Brewers starter Chase Anderson leads the National League with 29 home runs allowed. He scattered five hits in five innings, walked one and struck out five.