MILWAUKEE (Ticker) --
waited more than a month for his first win of the season. He remains in search of a little run support.
Ramirez pitched eight solid innings and J.D. Drew and
hit back-to-back homers in the top of the eighth as the
posted a 2-0 victory over the
It took seven starts for Ramirez (1-3) to finally break through as his teammates continue to struggle scoring for him. In his three losses, the Braves have scored just six runs and, in his seven starts, they have scored just 22 runs.
"We usually can't come up with anything for him," Atlanta manager
said. "Tonight, the guys did. It was a little late but we did."
Despite the struggles of Atlanta's lineup, which came into the game with a .256 batting average, Ramirez is confident his teammates will start scoring more runs.
"If I stay out there long enough they'll score some," Ramirez said. "I knew they were going to come through. I believe in the team."
In this one, Ramirez allowed just five hits, struck out five, issued three walks and got most of his outs on the ground. The 24-year-old lefthander threw 79 of his season-high 119 pitches for strikes and helped Atlanta win consecutive games for the first time since April 17-18.
"He is a quality, young lefthanded pitcher," Milwaukee manager
said of Ramirez. "He has tremendous command on the outside part of the plate and his fastball backs you off with a little curve inside. He's learned a lot of what he does from Tommy Glavine."
After being blanked by Milwaukee starter
for seven innings, the Braves went ahead against
With two outs, Drew hit his seventh homer of the season and third in as many games. Two pitches later, Jones hit his fourth and first since coming off the disabled list Saturday.
It was the second straight day Drew and Jones keyed Atlanta's offense. In Thursday's 6-5 win at St. Louis, Drew hit a two-run homer and Jones snapped an 0-for-13 slump with his first three-hit game of the season.
"Home runs are few and far between and you are gonna get some that are going to pick the team up," Drew said. "But I think for the most part everyone is staying focused on having quality at-bats."
Drew also highlighted a solid night by Atlanta's defense to keep the game scoreless. With runners at first and second and two outs in the seventh, Drew made a nice running catch at the warning track on
's fly ball.
"The ball he hit in the gap I slipped when I tried to start but I was able to get back under it," Drew said. "It can be a tough field sometimes. When it gets wet it gets slick, and starting and stopping ain't all that easy."
worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities, finishing Atlanta's first shutout of the season.
Making his third start of the season, Santos kept Atlanta in check. He scattered five singles and worked out of a jam in the seventh before being lifted for a pinch hitter.
"Even though I gave up more hits it was probably the best I've thrown in my career," Santos said.
Milwaukee had won a season-high three in a row, winning two of the games in its final at-bat.
Brewers first baseman
collected a pair of singles, extending his career-high hitting streak to 15 games.