ATLANTA, GA (WHBL) - Kyle Lohse threw a two-hitter Wednesday night as the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Braves in Atlanta 4-0 - or 3-0 if you want to be technical about it. Carlos Gomez was blocked from touching home plate after he angered the Braves' infield on a first-inning homer and triggered a bench-clearing brawl. The run counted, nonetheless.Gomez stood for a couple seconds to admire his blast, took a slow jog to first, and had words with Braves' pitcher Paul Maholm, who hit Gomez with a pitch in a game in June in which Gomez was later injured. He jawboned with other players while running the bases. After Gomez rounded third, Braves' catcher Brian McCann stood 20-feet from the plate, shouted nose-to-nose at him, and wouldn't let him score. That was when the benches emptied. Umpiring crew chief Dana Demuth said Braves' first baseman Freddie Freeman was ejected for elbowing Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who left in the third after he tweaked a sore knee during the brawl. Gomez was tossed, along with Braves' backup catcher Gerald Laird for his words afterward. Braves' manager Fredi Gonzalez said Gomez's actions were embarrassing -- and if Freeman is suspended for his elbow, the Braves will appeal. Gomez said Maholm plunked him for no reason back in June, and this was his only chance to get back at him. However, Gomez apologized as he talked to reporters after the game and later on Twitter. All this overshadowed Kyle Lohse's second complete game in his last three starts. The only hits he gave up were singles to Andrelton Simmons in the first inning and Evan Gattis in the seventh. Lohse did not walk anybody, and struck out five. He threw just 89 pitches, as he improved to 11-10. Milwaukee scored its other runs on a pair of R-B-I singles by Norichika Aoki and a sacrifice fly from Sean Halton. Maholm struck out seven in seven innings and took the loss. Milwaukee won two of three against the Braves as the Crew blanked Atlanta for the fourth time in their last six matchups. The Braves now trail Saint Louis by a half-game for home-field advantage throughout the N-L playoffs. The Brewers open their final series of the year tonight in New York against the Mets. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg faces Mets' righty Dillon Gee. Pregame coverage on WHBL starts at 5:35.
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