The Milwaukee Brewers were hoping for five innings from Marco Estrada against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
The scoreless outing with one hit no walks and six strikeouts?
It was an unexpected and much-welcomed bonus from the right-hander who was making his first start since going on the disabled list in early June with a strained left hamstring.
Throw in a big four-run rally in the eighth inning sparked by the bottom of the Brewers’ order and it all added up to a feel-good 6-1 victory at AT&T Park.
"Timely hitting and we got some breaks. No doubt about that" manager Ron Roenicke said.
"Those are good wins for us because it doesn't happen very often -- we make mistakes out there on the field and the other team usually capitalizes on it and we end up losing the game.
"So it's nice sometimes when it happens for us."
In a series that’s been defined by two struggling offenses the Giants looked as if they’d need a lone run to beat the Brewers in this one.