MILWAUKEE (WSAU) Jonathan Lucroy hit a three-run home run as the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Seattle Mariners, 8-3, in the first of a three-game interleague set.
Carlos Gomez and Alcides Escobar each drove in two runs while Prince Fielder added an RBI for the Brewers, who have won a season-high five straight games. Dave Bush (3-5) won his second straight start as he was charged with three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits with three strikeouts over six innings.
Milton Bradley, Franklin Gutierrez and Mike Sweeney each drove in a run for the Mariners, who have dropped their past two after winning a season-high six in a row. Ryan Rowalnd-Smith (1-7) gave up five runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings of work.
"You can take this back to two pitches in the fourth," said Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu. "The fastball up to Lucroy and the changeup to Gomez for the back-to-back home runs. We looked good early with the three-run lead, but then it turned around in a hurry."
Seattle got on board in the second as Jose Lopez led off with a double, moved to third on Sweeney's single and crossed the plate on Bradley's sacrifice fly.
The Mariners added two more in the third for a 3-0 lead. With one out, back- to-back singles from Ichiro Suzuki and Chone Figgins put runners on the corners and Figgins stole second. Gutierrez's sac fly scored Suzuki while Sweeney later singled to bring home Figgins.
Milwaukee surged ahead in the fourth courtesy of the long ball. With two out and two men on, Lucroy blasted a pitch over the left field wall for his first career home run. Gomez followed with a solo shot to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead.
"I knew it was going to come sooner or later and I'm just glad it came in a big spot," said Lucroy. "It was amazing. It's an absolute dream come true."
Seattle threatened in the fifth as Figgins singled then stole second and third, but he was thrown out at home on a Gutierrez grounder.
The Brewers tacked on another run in the sixth as, with the bases loaded and one out, Escobar lofted a sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Braun. On the play, Lucroy was tagged out trying to reach third base to end the inning with the Brewers ahead, 5-3.
Milwaukee added another run in the seventh on Fielder's double that plated Rickie Weeks for a 6-3 advantage.
Bush left the game after working a 1-2-3 sixth and Carlos Villanueva pitched around a two-out walk to Suzuki in the seventh.
Kameron Loe worked a perfect eighth while Milwaukee tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single from Gomez and a sacrifice fly by Escobar for an 8-3 lead.
Trevor Hoffman set the Mariners down in order in the ninth to close out the victory.
The Brewers and Mariners play against at 2:35pm Saturday at Miller Park.