MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gerrit Cole kept his cool but lost the game.
The Pittsburgh Pirates' young right-hander with the 100 mph fastball struck out six while allowing seven hits and three runs in his first start against the Milwaukee Brewers since the teams tangled in a benches-clearing brawl last month.
Jonathan Lucroy hit a bases-loaded, two-run single, and the battered Brewers withstood the early exits of star outfielders Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun for the 5-2 victory Tuesday night.
Gomez scored the second run on Lucroy's single in the third after getting hit by a changeup from Cole (3-3). It was their first meeting since Cole and Gomez exchanged heated words in Pittsburgh on a play in Pittsburgh that sparked the melee.
Cole said he hasn't spoken with Gomez since the brawl that led to suspensions, but that they did exchange nods before Gomez's first at-bat.
"I think pretty much everybody's on the same page about this. I think we've all moved on," Cole said.
Gomez even smiled at first after getting hit by the off-speed pitch in the third, and he scored three batters later on Lucroy's bases-loaded single.
Manager Clint Hurdle said the outing as a whole was another step forward in the ongoing maturation of the promising Cole, in his second season in the majors.
"I think he continues to grow and figure that part of the game out as well. He stays in control of what he can stay in control of," Hurdle said. "Even when he might miss his location or do what he planned to get done, he's just got to move on and he's shown a lot of progress in that area.
Gomez did leave the game after the fifth with lower back tightness. Manager Ron Roenicke said Gomez woke up Monday with a tight back and tried to play through it.
Braun was activated from the disabled list earlier Tuesday. His departure after the sixth was planned as he gets acclimated in his return from an oblique injury.
Earlier Tuesday, third baseman Aramis Ramirez was placed on the disabled list with a pulled left hamstring.
All those players down and the Brewers still scratched out five runs and the dozen hits throughout the lineup. Five came from reserves, including two apiece from the guys who replaced Braun and Gomez — Khris Davis and the newly called-up Elian Herrera.