Ryan Braun connected for a two-run homer Thursday in his first at-bat since being suspended the final 65 games of last season and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Oakland Athletics 11-3 in Cactus League action at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
Braun connected in the top of the first off Oakland starter Tommy Milone, who also surrendered a long ball to Juan Francisco in the second after the A’s (1-1) tied the game in the bottom of the first on a two-run double by Jed Lowrie that scored Coco Crisp and Josh Donaldson.
Milwaukee scored in each of the first six innings, adding three in the top of the fifth on Oakland miscues. Jose Flores gave up a run on a wild pitch and two more scored on an error by second baseman Eric Sogard.
Milone allowed three runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout in two innings. Phil Humber gave up an unearned run along with a hit in the third, Johnson was touched for a run on three hits in the fourth and Flores was only able to get one out in the fifth, allowing three runs, two earned, on one hit and three walks.
Matt Buschman got out of the fifth, getting the final two outs—one by strikeout. Otero allowed two runs on a hit with two strikeouts in the sixth. Arnold Leon worked a perfect seventh and eighth, striking out two, and Smyth surrendered a solo homer in the ninth.
Josh Reddick was 2-for-2 with a double for the A’s and Martinez singled twice in his two at-bats.
Oakland will be back at it at Phoenix Municipal Stadium Friday, hosting a split-squad of San Francisco Giants at 12:05 p.m. Pacific. Jarrod Parker is scheduled to start for the A’s.