MILWAUKEE (AP) — Joey Wiemer homered twice, Willy Adames also went deep in his return from the concussion list and Corbin Burnes pitched eight shutout innings in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 10-2 blowout of the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
Wiemer went 4 for 4 with a pair of two-run shots, a double and a career-high five RBIs. This marked the first time the rookie center fielder had more than two hits in a game.
During his eight-game hitting streak, Wiemer has gone 13 of 27 to improve his batting average from .195 to .231. He homered in the third inning off Dean Kremer and in the seventh against Bruce Zimmermann. Wiemer got a curtain call after the second homer, which increased his season total to eight. He then made a sliding catch in center to start the top of the eighth.
Adames put the Brewers ahead for good by homering in the first inning – a 400-foot shot over the center-field wall. Adames followed that up with a third-inning double in his first game since May 26, when he got hit in the head by a line drive from teammate Brian Anderson while standing behind the railing on the dugout steps.
Adames had said the liner hit him on the left side of his head around the temple and acknowledged he was fortunate to avoid serious injury.
Wiemer and Adames provided more than enough support for Burnes, who continued his recent surge by striking out nine while allowing two hits and no walks.
In his last three starts, the 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner has given up eight hits and four runs over 21 innings. Burnes (5-4) has 24 strikeouts and seven walks during that stretch.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was ejected from the game when he argued with plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after Ryan O’Hearn struck out looking in the top of the fifth inning.
Baltimore avoided the shutout by scoring two runs off Bennett Sousa in the ninth. Austin Hays had an RBI single during that inning.
The Brewers took a 6-0 lead in the first five innings against Kremer, who struck out five and walked none but allowed nine hits.
The six runs Kremer (6-3) allowed in his five-inning stint matched the total he had given up in the three starts leading up to this one.
Orioles: 3B Gunnar Henderson was back in the lineup Wednesday after missing two games with lower back discomfort.
Brewers: Manager Craig Counsell said LHP Eric Lauer will make at least one more start for Triple-A Nashville while recovering from the right shoulder injury that has him on the injured list. Lauer struck out five and allowed four runs — two earned — and four hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings for Nashville on Tuesday.
FAMILY REUNION AT HOME PLATE
Orioles IF Ramón Urías and Brewers IF Luis Urías met at home plate before the game while bringing out their respective teams’ starting lineups. This series marks the first time the brothers have faced off in the major leagues. Luis Urías was on the injured list when the Brewers played at Baltimore last season.
RHP Kyle Bradish (2-2, 4.13) starts for the Orioles and RHP Colin Rea (3-3, 4.94) pitches for the Brewers as this three-game series concludes Thursday afternoon.