ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton homered to help Mike Minor win his second straight start, and the Braves beat the Brewers 9-3 Monday night.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit also went deep for Atlanta in a matchup of first-place teams. The Braves, who had lost 12 of 18, never trailed in winning their second straight game.
Atlanta began the night with the fewest runs in the majors. But the Braves banged out 15 hits and improved to 18-5 when hitting a home run.
Ryan Braun and Khris Davis homered for the Brewers, who have lost three straight and four of six. Braun also threw out a runner at the plate from rightfield.
Wily Peralta walked a season-high four. He began the night with a 1.29 ERA in three starts this month.
Freeman led off the third with his ninth homer to make it 3-0. Davis lost his glove over the leftfield fence on Freeman's opposite-field shot. A fan picked up the glove off a ledge between the fence and the seats and tossed it back to Davis after Freeman rounded the bases.
The Braves broke open a one-run game in the eighth, scoring five off reliever Wei-Chung Wang to make it 9-3. Doumit hit a solo shot and Upton a two-run drive, and Andrelton Simmons and Ramiro Pena had RBI singles.
After Wang needed 40 pitches to get two outs, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke brought in Lyle Overbay, a career first baseman, off the bench to pitch. Overbay, 37, pitched for the first time in his 1,497 major-league games, retiring Doumit on a popup.