Hiura’s HR in 11th gives Brewers 7-6 victory over Braves

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Keston Hiura hit a two-run, winning homer off Jesse Chavez in the 11th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6.

Hiura had arrived from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day. He led off the bottom of the 11th by sending a 1-2 sinker from Chavez over the center-field wall. He had gone hitless in his previous four at-bats.

Atlanta had grabbed a 4-0 lead when Austin Riley and Marcell Ozuna hit back-to-back homers off Corbin Burnes in the third inning. Milwaukee battled back, slowly chipping away at the lead until Kolton Wong hit a two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The teams traded blows in the 10th, with the Braves scoring on an error and the Crew answering with a sac fly. In the 11th, Ozzie Albies, who was placed on second base due to the MLB’s extra-inning rule, scored on a ground ball to right field. Hiura came to the rescue when it was Milwaukee’s turn to bat and belted his home run 404 feet to dead center.

Aside from a rough third inning for Corbin Burnes, Brewer pitchers had a strong day on the mound. Five pitchers came in from the bullpen, allowing only three hits and two runs. The Brewers issued only one walk.

Hiura wasn’t the only member of the Crew who got a special moment. Trevor Kelly, who pitched in the 11th inning, earned his first-ever MLB win. He allowed one run on one hit and got a strikeout.

The win moves Milwaukee’s record to 24-14, the best record in their division and the second-best in the National League. The Brewers are off Thursday but are back in action on Friday at American Family Field against the Washington Nationals. Eric Lauer (3-1, 2.60) will take the mound for the Crew. Washington had not named their starter as of Wednesday.