Santana gives up slam, Braves fall to Brewers 6-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 9:59 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Following a dominant opening month, Ervin Santana has found trouble in May.

The low point was allowing the first grand slam of his career.

Santana suffered his second straight ugly loss and the Atlanta Braves' modest three-game winning streak ended with a 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

Mark Reynolds hit a first-inning grand slam off Santana and Carlos Gomez added a two-run homer in the fourth.

Santana (4-2) said he struggled with location as he allowed a season-high six runs on nine hits and four walks in seven innings.

"I was a little bit off the outside corner," Santana said, adding he pulled his arm too much toward first base.

"That's why I didn't have the location," he said. "But after that I just re-focused and tried to hit my spots.

"It was almost every pitch. In the first few innings I didn't have any location. For the most part I was trying to keep the ball down. That's what happens when you make mistakes."

The Brewers' two homers matched the total allowed by Santana in his first seven starts.

Santana has set season highs for runs allowed in two straight starts. The right-hander allowed five runs on 10 hits in five innings of a 5-2 loss at St. Louis on Friday.

"Health-wise, he's fine," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who called Santana's pitch that Reynolds hit over the left-field wall "a cement-mixer slider."

"We've just got to eliminate some of those," Gonzalez said.

Santana, 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA in April, has seen his ERA climb to 3.42.

Kyle Lohse (6-1) was sharp while going eight innings to win his sixth straight decision as the Brewers ended a four-game losing streak. He gave up one run on four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Lohse's only loss of the season came against the Braves on April 1.

Six of Milwaukee's first seven batters reached base. Gomez singled, Scooter Gennett doubled and Jonathan Lucroy took a one-out walk before Reynolds' third career grand slam.