Three early runs by the Brewers proved to be enough as Shaun Marcum and Milwaukee took the fourth game, 4-2, and the series.
The Brewers struck first with two runs in the first inning on a two-run home run by Ryan Braun. The Braves answered in the second inning on a two-run single by Martin Prado to tie it at two. However, Milwaukee answered right back in the home half when Nyjer Morgan doubled with one out and stole second, followed by a grounder from George Kottaras that was thrown home, but Morgan knocked the ball from Brian McCann's glove to score the go-ahead run.
The Brewers added an insurance run in the seventh when they loaded the bases with no outs. Prince Fielder hit a grounder to Freddie Freeman that he threw home on, but the throw was late. The Braves were able to get out of the inning with no further trouble.
Tommy Hanson was sharper in his second start of the season, but he still wasn't at his best. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings, walking one and striking out two. He had his normal split between groundouts and flyouts at 5-5, but the strikeouts were absent due to a lack of command from his breaking stuff.
After a leadoff single and flyout in the sixth, Hanson was replaced by George Sherrill, who struck out Morgan before allowing a single to put two on. Scott Linebrink relieved Sherrill and got the final out in the sixth.
Peter Moylan never got an out in the seventh, allowing a soft single past Dan Uggla, a bunt single and a walk to load the bases with no outs. Jonny Venters came in to face Fielder, who grounded to Freeman and reached when the throw home was late. Casey McGehee hit into a double play and Morgan struck out to end the inning with no further trouble. Venters followed with a scoreless eighth.
Prado led the Braves with one hit and two RBI. McCann and Uggla each had two singles. Matt Young went 1-3 with a walk, recording his first career major league hit.
Jason Heyward had a rough day, going 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Marcum struck Heyward out twice on changeups away, which seemed to be the plan coming in against the big left-hander. Once again, the Braves only struck out five times as a team, but they couldn't string hits together and had no extra base hits.
Marcum allowed two runs on five hits in six innings, walking two and striking out four. He followed a similar path as Hanson in that he didn't show much punch out ability and didn't dominate with groundouts, but he kept the Braves off balance enough to limit hard hit balls.
Braun went 2-3 with a home run and two RBI. Kottaras went 2-4 with one RBI. Fielder added one RBI and a double.
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