MILWAUKEE (AP) — No Ryan Braun in the lineup for the Brewers. No Jonathan Lucroy or Aramis Ramirez, either.
With ace Stephen Strasburg on the hill a day after a deflating, 16-inning loss to the Washington Nationals, conditions were ripe Wednesday for Milwaukee to have a letdown.
But just the opposite happened. Scooter Gennett had a grand slam and five RBIs, and Khris Davis added a solo shot in one of the worst outings of Strasburg's career for a 9-2 victory.
"That's why I tell you guys I can't figure it out. You don't know what's going to happen," manager Ron Roenicke said.
It could have just as easily gone the other way for Milwaukee with Marco Estrada (7-4) on the mound. He had given up a major league-worst 24 homers this year.
Instead, Estrada easily outshined Strasburg and gave up just two hits in pitching effectively into the seventh. He allowed four walks but didn't give up a homer for only the second time this season.
Estrada's only other outing without a homer was during a 6-1 loss to St. Louis on April 15. On Wednesday, fans showered him with a standing ovation after he got lifted in the seventh.
"The way the game was going, I'm sure everyone was really excited about it — but to get some cheers in that game, it made me feel really good," Estrada said.
Strasburg (6-6) was tagged for eight hits and seven runs in 4 2-3 innings. It matched a career-worst outing for Strasburg, who also allowed seven earned runs in a two-inning start on July 12, 2013, in an 8-3 loss to Miami.
Braun, Lucroy and Ramirez got the day off after Tuesday night's marathon contest and yet the Brewers still pounced on Strasburg. Gennett turned on a 2-1 fastball for his first career grand slam and fifth homer of the season that landed on the concourse above right-center field.
"I always try to be on time for the fastball. He got me my first at-bat pretty much on the same pitch, and I was able to make the adjustment," Gennett said.
Davis opened the bottom of the fourth with a no doubt-about-it shot above the "Goodwill" sign in left-center for his team-high 14th homer to make it 5-2. Davis swung at a first-pitch fastball.