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Bullpen falters late as Brewers drop series finale to Giants, 5-1

The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants played four close, competitive games in a playoff-type atmosphere out west, with the visiting Cream City Nine looking to complete the mop on Thursday afternoon. Things didn’t get off to a great start, though, as Austin Slater hit Eric Lauer’s first pitch of the game over the fence in center field to give San Fran a quick 1-0 lead.

Lauer settled in after that, however, and wound up locked in a pitcher’s duel with breakout starter Logan Webb. Lauer gave up only two more hits — a 3rd inning single to Slater, and a 6th inning single to Brandon Belt.