The Oakland A's took the lead on the third pitch of the game and never stopped swinging in routing the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park Monday nigh 10-2. Coco Crisp launched the leadoff home run against Marco Estrada, who gave up another blast to Brandon Moss in the second inning. The wheels came off in a six run 5th inning. Estrada faced only the first three batters without recording an out, leaving the game with what was described as a lower body injury. The bullpen didn't fare much better as Oakland, winners in 10 of their last 12 games, racked up a season high 19 hits. Tommy Millone pitched 7 innings, giving up five hits and two runs, a fifth inning two run homer from Rickie Weeks. Millone also helped himself with a couple of hits. He retired the first 8 batters in order until Estrada blooped a two out single in the third. The Brewers finished with just six hits in their 8th loss in the last 10 games. Milwaukee (21-35) sends Kyle Lohse to the hill in game two of the series Tuesday night. Pre-Game coverage begins at 6;35 PM on WTAQ.
The Brewers shook up the roster Monday, handing veteran Alex Gonzalez his release and sending Mike Fiers to Triple A Nashville. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was called up from Nashville after hitting .297 in the minors. Milwaukee also traded Double A pitcher Tom Keeling to the Atlanta Braves for a platooning third baseman, Juan Francisco, hitting .241 with five homers and 16 runs batted in in 35 games for the Braves.