MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers rookie Jimmy Nelson is learning about pitching in the big leagues in the middle of a pennant race against some of the most well-known starters in the game.
For the fourth straight game, Nelson faced a Cy Young Award winner on the other side. Things didn't go so well Wednesday against R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jose Bautista's three-run homer capped a five-run sixth inning and Toronto Blue outslugged Milwaukee 9-5 to snap the Brewers' five-game winning streak.
Nelson (2-4) took the loss after allowing the first two runners to reach in the sixth. He gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.
"That's not going to work," Nelson said. "I need to do a better job second and third time through. I need to mix my pitches up better and put guys away better."
Overall, though, not a bad four-game stretch for Nelson, having given up more than three runs for the first time since July 12, spanning seven starts. The previous three starts came against the Giants' Tim Lincecum, and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
Manager Ron Roenicke said he thought Nelson threw the ball well, and credited the table-setters in Toronto's order, Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera, with hitting good pitches to get Nelson in trouble. Once again, the sinkerballer was doomed by one problematic inning.
"These are good hitters, and if you can't put the ball where you want to — and we know he has good stuff — you still have to command the ball, and he's going to continue to do better at that," Roenicke said.
Bautista hit a 1-2 pitch from reliever Brandon Kintzler into the Brewers' bullpen in right field. The homer made a winner of R.A. Dickey (10-12), who gave up five runs in 5 2-3 choppy innings.
Dickey left after Carlos Gomez's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth made it 7-5.
Colby Rasmus also homered for Toronto, which outhit the NL Central leaders 15-10.
The Blue Jays, who were a season-high nine games out of first in the AL East entering the day, finished 2-6 on their road trip.
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