ATLANTA (TSN-WSAU) Corey Hart's three-run double punctuated a five-run seventh inning, as the Milwaukee Brewers doubled up the Atlanta Braves, 6-3, in the third test of a four-game series at Turner Field.
The Brewers were down a run entering the seventh, but Prince Fielder led off the frame with a solo home run to center field off Atlanta's Tim Hudson (9-5).
Milwaukee had two men on with one out later in the inning after Jim Edmonds drew a one-out walk and Jonathan Lucroy singled. One out later, Hudson walked Joe Inglett, pinch-hitting for starting pitcher Chris Narveson (8-6), to load the bases and then issued a free pass to Rickie Weeks to force in the go-ahead run for a 3-2 Brewers lead.
Peter Moylan replaced Hudson and gave up a bases-clearing double to Hart.
"I wasn't nearly as crisp as I would have liked to be in the seventh," Hudson said.
The Braves trimmed their deficit to three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when pinch-hitter Eric Hinske unloaded on a 3-2 pitch from Milwaukee's Todd Coffey, sending it over the right-field wall.
Martin Prado followed Hinske's solo home run with a single. Kameron Loe replaced Coffey to face pinch-hitter Jason Heyward, who grounded a single up the middle. Alex Gonzalez, though, struck out swinging to end the inning.
The game got a little heated as Fielder led off the eighth. The first pitch from Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters sailed over the head of the burly first baseman. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez immediately issued a warning to both benches. The lefty's next pitch drilled Fielder in the back, resulting in an ejection for him and Braves manager Bobby Cox.
"I was just trying to go right at him," Venters said. "The first one was a breaking ball and it got away from me a little bit. The second pitch was a sinker and it just ran away from me. Unfortunately, it hit him. There was nothing intentional about it. It was a three-run game."
"My kids are here. I'm tired of being the one filmed," Fielder said. "If that's what they got to do, then whatever, I'm here to play baseball. They can do whatever they want."
John Axford recorded the final four outs for Milwaukee to earn his 11th save in as many opportunities this season.
In the fourth, Hudson did well to get out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam with only a single run coming home on a double-play grounder off the bat of Fielder.
A two-run homer by Matt Diaz in the bottom of the inning put the Braves ahead 2-1.
The Brewers and Braves conclude their series at noon on Sunday.