SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Norichika Aori drove in two runs, Khris Davis hit a home run and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-1 on Wednesday night.
Marco Estrada and three relievers combined to throw a three-hitter as the Brewers won their third in four games. Jeff Bianchi and Martin Maldonado also drove in runs for the Brewers.
Alfredo Figaro (2-3) pitched two innings to earn the win.
Buster Posey drove in a run for the Giants, who have lost four of five.
Madison Bumgarner (11-7) took a shutout into the eighth inning, but lost. He gave up four runs — three earned — on five hits in seven-plus innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Estrada gave the Brewers more than they could expect in his first start in two months. The right-hander allowed a hit over five scoreless innings. He did not walk any and struck out six.
Estrada was activated from the disabled list before the game to make the start in place of left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who is still bothered by a sore elbow. Estrada had only a pair of rehab starts and his pitch count was limited. He retired his last 14 batters and 15 of 16 overall. Burke Badenhop and Michael Gonzalez each added a scoreless inning.
The game was scoreless into the bottom of the seventh. Brandon Crawford walked and Brandon Belt singled to open the inning. After a wild pitch, Posey hit a sacrifice fly.
The first four Brewers reached base against Bumgarner in eighth. They all scored.
Davis singled and Yuniesky Betancourt doubled to start the rally. Bianchi beat out an infield single to drive in one run and another came home when Bumgarner threw wildly past third on a bunt.
Santiago Casilla took over on the mound and got one out before Aoki’s sharp single up the middle scored two.
It’s the first time in 10 starts that Bumgarner allowed more than three runs while pitching at least seven innings.
Davis homered and Maldonado singled home a run against Barry Zito in the ninth.
NOTES: Gorzelanny (elbow contusion) threw a bullpen session and will likely make his next start on Saturday in Seattle. ... The Brewers sent IF Scooter Gennett to Triple-A Nashville to make room for Estrada. ... Brewers IF Rickie Weeks appeared to injure his left hamstring trying to beat out an infield grounder in the eighth. He needed help off the field. ... Giants OF Jeff Francoeur started in center field for the third time in his career. He made 176 starts there in the minors. ... Giants OF Gregor Blanco, .067 (3 for 45) since the All-Star break, will be given a day or two to clear his mind. “This will give him a chance to catch his breath,” SF manager Bruce Bochy said.