MILWAUKEE -- Three poor plays in the field fueled a five-run first inning against Justin Grimm, and the Rangers' offense sputtered over the first five innings as the Brewers opened a two-game interleague series Tuesday with a 6-3 victory at Miller Park.
The Rangers lost their fourth straight road game, and Grimm lost his second straight start after the big first inning. All five runs were earned, but the Rangers' defense gave the Brewers three extra outs.
The Brewers entered on a five-game losing streak.
The defense let Grimm down quickly as Nelson Cruz misjudged a Ryan Braun drive that turned into an RBI single. Grimm then made a mistake, as he had Jean Segura picked off at second base but threw to shorstop Elvis Andrus.
Andrus, though, wasn’t covering the base. Second baseman Ian Kinsler was.
Grimm steadied himself by retiring the two hitters after Braun and appeared to be headed out of the inning, but David Murphy got a bad read on a Carlos Gomez blooper and then failed to cut the ball off as it went for a two-out double.
Yunieski Betancourt followed with his team-leading eighth homer.
The Rangers' offense had only two hits in the first five innings against Wily Peralta. One of them was a one-out solo homer from Mitch Moreland in the second.
The Rangers got two more runs in the sixth, an inning in which the tying run batted with one out, but the beleaguered Milwaukee bullpen heald on over the final three innings.
Aramis Ramirez provide a bit of insurance with a solo homer of Jason Frasor with two outs in the seventh.
-- Jeff Wilson