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Brewers beat Blue Jays behind Mike Fiers' strong start

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Fiers turned in his third consecutive strong start in place of the injured Matt Garza, and the Milwaukee Brewers' offense pounded out seven doubles in a 6-1 interleague victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Miller Park.

Fiers (3-1) allowed just two hits, one run (earned) and one walk while striking out six over seven innings as the Brewers won their fifth consecutive game.

The Brewers' seven doubles were a season high and two shy of the team record, which was last reached in 2008. Jonathan Lucroy had two to give him 42 on the season, a total that leads the major leagues. Aramis Ramirez also had a pair.

Fiers was staked to an early lead as the Brewers' offense set the tone early against left-hander J.A. Happ.

Carlos Gomez and Lucroy doubled in consecutive at-bats to start the bottom of the first, and give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. After Ryan Braun flied out, Ramirez followed with a double off the center-field wall -- just missing a home run -- that scored Lucroy and made it 2-0.

Toronto got a run back in the second when Munenori Kawasaki drove in Dioner Navarro with a chopper to the right side, making it 2-1.

From there, Fiers was simply untouchable.

He struck out Happ to finish the second, giving him four through two innings, then continued to slice and dice his way through a Blue Jays lineup featuring sluggers like Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

By the time he'd retired Colby Rasmus on a comebacker to finish the Toronto half of the seventh, Fiers had retired 18 straight. He received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 42,221 as he headed off the field, a winner in his third consecutive start for just the second time in his major-league career.

Milwaukee's offense did its part along with Fiers.

After staking him to that early two-run cushion in the first, the Brewers scored twice more in the third and the fifth. In the third, Braun doubled in Lucroy and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Khris Davis. In the fifth, Davis doubled in Ramirez and Weeks singled in Davis to make it 6-1.

Zach Duke and Brandon Kintzler combined for perfect relief in the eighth and ninth to cap the victory.

Toronto managed just two hits and three base runners in the game.

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