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Odorizzi silences Brewers' bats in 2-1 Rays victory

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A former first-round draft choice came back to haunt the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Jake Odorizzi, picked 32nd overall by the Brewers in 2008, threw seven innings of three-hit ball to out-duel his old club and Kyle Lohse, 2-1, at Tropicana Field.

Milwaukee managed just three hits against Odorizzi, with a solo home run by Mark Reynolds in the third inning accounting for its only run.

Tampa Bay scored its two runs on a two-out single to center by James Loney in the sixth.

Odorizzi, traded by the Brewers to the Kansas City Royals as part of the Zack Greinke deal in December 2010, was dialed in from the beginning.

He kept the Brewers off the board until that third, when with one out, Reynolds jacked his homer to left. It was Milwaukee's first hit, and the fourth homer in the last five games for the veteran slugger, who took over the team lead from Khris Davis with 18.

Jean Segura followed with an infield single, but Odorizzi stranded him to start a string of 12 consecutive batters set down.

Lohse, like Odorizzi, was on cruise control early.

He walked Matt Joyce in the first inning and surrendered a leadoff single to Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the fourth for the Rays' first hit.

Lohse also got some major defensive help from Segura. Logan Forsythe led off the Rays' fifth with a bloop double to right but was cut down trying for third when Segura barehanded Reynolds' relay throw on a hop and threw over to Aramis Ramirez for the out -- a play that was likely to make all the nightly highlight reels.

It wasn't until the sixth that Lohse ran into his first spot of trouble.

It started with a walk to Zobrist, with Joyce then slapping a single to left with the Brewers in a shift to the right side. Evan Longoria, next up, worked a full count before also drawing a walk to load the bases for Loney, who then blooped a single to center to give Tampa Bay that 2-1 lead.

Lohse (11-5) was pulled after the sixth, having allowed four hits, two runs (earned) and three walks to go along with six strikeouts in a 97-pitch outing.

Odorizzi (7-8) lasted seven innings, allowing just those three hits and one run (earned) while not issuing a walk and striking out five on 91 pitches.

Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee held the Brewers without a hit over the final two innings, with Milwaukee striking out five times in those final six at-bats.

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