MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ryan Braun would rather talk about the Milwaukee Brewers' win Tuesday night than himself.
Carlos Gomez scored from first on Yuniesky Betancourt's line drive to right-center in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
``We need to start winning some more games,' Braun said. ``Carlos Gomez did a phenomenal job with the bases right there. (Kyle) Lohse gave us a solid start. The bullpen was great again. It's nice to beat a good team.'
What Braun did not want to talk about was an ESPN report saying that MLB is seeking to suspend several players, including the Milwaukee slugger, who have been linked to a Florida anti-aging clinic and its director.
``I've already addressed everything related to the Miami situation,' Braun said. ``I addressed it in spring training. The truth has not changed. I don't know the specifics of the story that came out today, but I've already addressed it. I've commented on it. I'll say nothing further about it.'
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke also knew few details about the situation.
``Yeah, to be honest, I didn't really hear anything before (the game),' Roenicke said. ``I just heard a little more now. I don't know anything about it. I know Major League Baseball is handling it. That is all I really know.'
John Axford (2-3) got the win with a scoreless 10th. He retired Yoenis Cespedes, whose first career multihomer game had given the Athletics a 3-0 lead through seven innings, and after walking Jed Lowrie he struck out Josh Donaldson and got Josh Reddick on a flyout.
Pat Neshek (1-1) took over in the bottom of the 10th and retired Braun on a grounder to third before Aramis Ramirez blooped an 0-2 pitch into short left and was replaced by pinch-runner Jeff Bianchi. Gomez reached on a fielder's choice and scored with a head-first slide on Betancourt's line drive.
``Yuni got a pitch to hit, and I'm on my way, already to steal a base,' Gomez said. ``That makes it easier to get more velocity and I can score. I go. The only thing on my mind is to score.'
The Brewers will take any excitement they can generate after they went 6-22 in May and came in 1-2 in June.
``If we win (the) game, it is fun to wake everybody up,' Gomez said. ``The last few weeks, a tough situation. Everybody tried to push too much.'
After being shut out by Oakland starter A.J. Griffin for seven innings, the Brewers tied the game with three runs in the eighth off reliever Sean Doolittle.
Rickie Weeks, who came on in a double switch in the top of the eighth, singled and went to second on Norichika Aoki's single. Both scored when Jean Segura tripled to the right-field corner. Ryan Cook then came on to face Braun and retired him on a grounder to third. Ramirez followed with a broken-bat bloop to short center that scored Segura. Gomez hit into a double play to end the threat.
``That's the first time in his career he's given up a three-run lead,' Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. ``It was four pitches. His command was off. It was shocking to see.'
Doolittle had allowed just two runs in 23 innings over his first 23 games. He was 1 for 25 facing the first batter, but Weeks foiled that.
Cespedes hit the first pitch he saw from Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse for his 10th home run of the season in the first and then connected again off Lohse for a solo shot leading off the sixth.
Griffin retired the first eight batters before Lohse looped a single into short center field. Then the right-hander worked out of trouble in the fifth.
Gomez beat out a bunt single and Juan Francisco walked, but Griffin got Martin Maldonado to hit into a fielder's choice. Scooter Gennett and Lohse struck out swinging as Griffin escaped any harm.
Griffin allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five, including Gennett three times. Griffin has gone six or more innings in nine of his 12 starts this season.
``Griffin was terrific,' Melvin said. ``Certainly good enough to win.'
Lohse, signed to a three-year contract the last week of spring training, was supposed to help bolster an inexperienced pitching staff, but his lone victory came April 22 at San Diego. Since then, often pitching with little run support, he's lost seven of his eight starts.
He missed one scheduled start due to right elbow irritation and then allowed four home runs in 4 2-3 innings against Minnesota on May 30 - his shortest start of the season.
Against the Athletics, Lohse gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out three, but has allowed six home runs in his last two starts.
Juan Francisco made his first ever start at first base for the Brewers, who acquired the career third baseman from Atlanta on Monday for minor league pitcher Thomas Keeling. Francisco, in his fifth season, played 209 games with Atlanta and Cincinnati, but none at first. Milwaukee plans to have Francisco and Betancourt platoon at first until Corey Hart returns from the 60-day disabled list.
NOTES: Cespedes has 44 hits this season, 21 for extra bases. He has eight doubles, two triples and 11 home runs. ... The Brewers said the day-to-day status of starter Marco Estrada, who pitched four innings and left Monday night's game with a left hamstring strain, would be announced Wednesday. He'd possibly miss a start or go on the disabled list. ... Atlanta designated Francisco for assignment on May 30. ... Scooter Gennett made his major-league debut starting at second base for Weeks, who has been in a season-long slump. Gennett, a lefty, will platoon with Weeks, a right-handed hitter who is batting .192 in 54 games. Gennett appeared in his first major-league game as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Monday's 10-2 loss to Oakland. He just had been recalled from Triple-A Nashville. ... The Athletics are 4-2 in interleague play. ... Griffin lost his other interleague start when the San Francisco Giants beat the Athletics 5-2 on May 30.
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