MILWAUKEE (WSAU-TSN) Chris Johnson's solo home run was the deciding factor in a pitcher's duel as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 1-0, in the rubber match of a three-game set.
Both pitchers had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning. Aaron Harang (1-0) surrendered only two hits with one walk and three strikeouts across 6 2/3 innings in his Braves debut. The right-hander agreed to a one-year contract on March 24 after splitting last season between the Cubs and Rangers.
B.J. Upton and Gerald Laird supplied Atlanta's other two hits and closer Craig Kimbrel retired the Brewers in order during the ninth to earn the save for Atlanta, which won its last two games for the series win.
Matt Garza (0-1) was spectacular in his Milwaukee debut. He retired 11 straight batters to start the game and recorded seven strikeouts across eight innings. Johnson's home run was one of only two hits that the right-hander conceded. Garza signed a 4-year, $50 million contract with the Brewers in January.
The Brewers are off on Thursday, and will be in Boston on Friday for the Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park. Game coverage begins at 12:30pm CT on AM-550 FM-99.9 WSAU.