2:10 PM ET, August 7, 2014
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE -- Wily Peralta even surprised himself with the company he keeps.
"That feels amazing, man," Peralta said. "There's a lot of great starting pitchers out there. And to be able to be leading the league, that's amazing, a great feeling."
Peralta (14-6) struck out a career-high nine in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up seven hits and walked one.
Peralta had been tied for wins with four pitchers in the NL and two in the AL.
This victory put him on top, even if briefly.
"That's a thing that I've been working hard (for) in the offseason and been working hard in the season, to be on top," he said.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has a lot of confidence in his burly right-hander.
"I know it's on his mind that when we need a good start, he's going to do whatever he can to give us that start," Roenicke said. "And, it's worked well for him. Just continue to give us those good starts. We need the big, strong guy to have innings and keep the run totals down."
Jake Peavy (0-3) is 0-12 in 18 outings since winning at Toronto while with Boston on April 25. He has lost five straight starts overall.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that it was a tough game for his team facing Peralta and three relievers.
"We saw velocity today," he said. "All the pitchers that threw at us, they had a lot of good stuff. I'm sure that's why we had 12 strikeouts."
Peavy showed some hustle in the fifth. He struck out swinging, but when the ball skipped away from catcher Jonathan Lucroy, he raced to first on the wild pitch. Peavy didn't even draw a throw and later scored on Hunter Pence's single.
Peralta might have become rattled in the past with the Giants threatening to score. Not this time.
"That's a situation where you have to calm down and make your pitches," Peralta said.
"I was able to do that today," Peralta said. Posey and Sandoval, those are two great hitters. I was (able to) strike out Posey, and just trying to make Sandoval make contact and get a ground ball. I was able to find it."
The key hit was missing when the Giants needed it.
"We did create some pretty good opportunities," Bochy said. "Just couldn't get that timely hit today."
Peavy gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his third start since being acquired from the Red Sox.
"He battled well today," Bochy said. "He gave us a gutty effort. He kept us there in the game. Gave us a chance. That's what you want from your starter."
After escaping a first-inning jam, Peralta pitched effectively until the seventh. He left with two outs and two on, and Jeremy Jeffress retired Hunter Pence on a fly ball to preserve a 3-1 lead.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 34th save.
It was 1-all until the sixth. Aramis Ramirez doubled and scored on a ground-rule double by Khris Davis, whose soft liner down the right-field line was picked up by a fan. Davis came home on Mark Reynolds' sacrifice fly to deep left.
Ryan Braun snapped a 0-for-12 skid with a RBI double in the Milwaukee first.
Giants: Outfielder Angel Pagan (back inflammation) was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game and got two hits. He missed 44 games while the Giants went 18-26 with him out of the lineup. Infielder Matt Duffy was optioned to Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Brewers: Second baseman Scooter Gennett was held out of the game in a precautionary move. He played Wednesday night after missing four of the last five games with quadriceps tightness.
Ramirez turned in a sparkling defensive play at third base in the second inning. Andrew Susac hit a hard grounder down the line that Ramirez snared with a diving grab. His momentum carried him a few steps behind the bag in foul territory. He recovered and, from his knees, he threw out Susac.
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 07: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants hits a single in the top of the first...(Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||R Braun doubled to deep right center, J Lucroy scored.||0||1|
|5th||H Pence singled to center, J Peavy scored, A Pagan to second.||1||1|
|6th||K Davis hit a ground rule double to right, A Ramirez scored.||1||2|
|6th||M Reynolds hit sacrifice fly to left, K Davis scored.||1||3|
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|Stadium||Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI|
|Attendance||38,229 (91.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||75 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Alan Porter, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Hal Gibson III|
Wily Peralta has an average fastball velocity of 95.5 mph this season, the fourth fastest among qualified pitchers; his fastball has topped out at 99.2 mph. San Francisco Giants hitters have slugged .408 in at-bats to end in a fastball between 94 and 100 mph this season, the third-best rate in baseball.
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