Brandon Woodruff took the mound for his first start of 2021 Grapefruit League play, but by the time the final pitch had been thrown Monday, the bats stole the storylines.
Behind three hits from outfielder Avisail Garcia and a solo homer by 2018 first-round pick Brice Turang, the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Angels 10-9 in seven innings.
Woodruff retired the Angels in order in the first inning, but ran into trouble in the second when Anthony Rendon and Justin Upton both went yard.
Milwaukee brought four runs across in the first inning, getting started with an RBI single by Garcia. The Brewers scored three runs apiece in the fourth and sixth innings, boosted by a two-run triple by Milwaukee prospect Mario Feliciano to claim the lead for good.
Los Angeles clobbered five home runs — two by Upton — but came up empty in the seventh inning as Brewers left-hander Angel Perdom earned the save.
Five different Milwaukee pitchers toed the rubber Monday afternoon, and four allowed multiple runs — Brad Boxberger, Brent Suter, Justin Topa and Woodruff.
The Brewers (5-3) return to the field at 2 p.m. Tuesday to host the San Francisco Giants. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Wisconsin.