Corbin Burnes allowed just three hits in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2-1 win over the Francisco Giants on Thursday in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Burnes (10-6), who struck out 14 batters, entered the game having allowed 17 earned runs in 21 innings in his last four starts. So he pulled himself together against the Giants.
The only run he conceded was scored by LaMonte Ward, who was driven home on a Mike Yastrzemski double in the third inning. The third hit came from David Villar, on a single in the eighth inning, then endgame specialist Devin Wiliams came in in the ninth to complete his 11th save in 12 chances.
It was the ninth time this season that Burnes had struck out 10 or more in a game, equaling a franchise record set by Ben Sheets in 2004. His best performance was 15 strikeouts on August 11, 2021, against the Chicago Cubs.
On the other side, Jakob Junis (4-5) allowed three hits, two runs and two walks in six innings of work. He relieved Scott Alexander in the second round.
The Brewers scored their two runs in the fourth inning: Jace Peterson singled, stole second base, then scored on a double from Christian Yelich, who then completed the scoring.
Elsewhere in the National:
Reds 4 – Cubs 3
CIN: The Reds came back from behind by scoring two runs in the 9th inning.
CHC: Seiya Suzuki hit a double and a homer and Adrian Sampson allowed a run in six innings.
Nationals 11 – Cardinals 6
WAS: Alex Call had four hits and five RBIs. He hit a three-run homer.
STL: Yadier Molina hit two home runs. He and Adam Wainwright tied the record of 324 games for a pitcher-receiver duo.