- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - The Brewers saved their swings for the game and earned another break from batting practice.

Mark Reynolds hit a first-inning grand slam, Kyle Lohse combined with Francisco Rodriguez on a five-hitter and Milwaukee ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Braves 6-1 Wednesday night.

Carlos Gomez added a two-run homer in the fourth for Milwaukee, which skipped batting practice after being shut out 5-0 Tuesday night.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he’ll try the same formula again.

“No BP at all,” Roenicke said of his plan for Thursday’s pregame. “I think they would like not doing it again. That works.”

Lohse (6-1) was sharp while going eight innings to win his sixth straight decision. He gave up one run on four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Lohse’s only loss of the season came against the Braves on April 1.

The Brewers jumped on Ervin Santana (4-2) in the first inning. Gomez singled, Scooter Gennett doubled and Jonathan Lucroy took a one-out walk before Reynolds‘ third career grand slam - a line drive over the left-field wall.

“It was big. We’ve been struggling the past couple of games,” Reynolds said. “Give Lohse some breathing room.”

Reynolds snapped a 0-for-12 streak with his ninth homer, pulling a slider from Santana over the left-field wall.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez called the pitch “a cement-mixer slider.”

Reynolds said the homer “wasn’t so much good for me as it was for the team.”

“Guys don’t feel like they have to do so much with one swing,” he said.

The Braves scored their only run off Lohse in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton, who had three hits. Lohse did not allow another baserunner to reach second base. Atlanta’s only other hits off Lohse were singles by Jason Heyward in the third and Upton in the seventh.

“It seemed like he hit all the quadrants of the strike zone: in, up, down and away with all his pitches,” Gonzalez said.

“He mixed it well. He kept us off balance.”

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