The team welcomed back righty Mark DiFelice after Milwaukee activated reliever Eric Gagne from the disabled list. DiFelice had gone 3-0 with a 3.91 ERA with the Sounds before making his big-league debut with the Brewers in mid-May. He was 0-0 with a 3.95 ERA in 10 appearances for Milwaukee, striking out 16 and walking none in 13.2 innings.
Meanwhile, the Sounds could use the help after Chris Narveson (2-10) struck out six but allowed eight hits and six runs during his five-inning stint as Nashville suffered a 7-2 defeat at Round Rock.
Laynce Nix continued his recent power surge, drilling his fourth homer in the last three games with two outs in the first and smacking another solo shot to lead off the seventh, giving him 15 for the season. He finished 3 for 4, which amounted to half of Nashville's offense.
The Stars pounded 17 hits and scored just enough runs to claim a 6-5 road victory, salvaging a split of the six-game series against Carolina.
Futures player and third baseman Mat Gamel battered the Mudcats' staff during a 5-for-5 performance that included a double and an RBI as the left-handed wizard raised his league-leading average to .379.
Gamel wasn't alone as first baseman Chris Errecart finished 4 for 5 with two doubles, second baseman Mike Bell and right fielder Matt LaPorta each ended up 2 for 5 and catcher Carlos Corporan went 2 for 4 as Huntsville improved to 6-6 in the second half and moved back into a second-place tie with Carolina in the Southern League's North Division.
New arrival Troy Cate (1-0), who had been with Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League, got the victory, striking out six while allowing six hits and two earned runs in five innings. Steve Bray gave up two runs but Jason Shiell got the final out of the eighth and Juan Sandoval got three ground-ball outs in the ninth to notch his eighth save.
The Manatees suffered another tough loss, falling 3-2 in 10 innings at Fort Myers, dropping the final three contests of the four-game set by a combined four runs.
Brevard County committed three errors, including one on the final play as the deciding run scored.
Jeremy Jeffress held the Miracle to only one run on three hits and three walks while striking out nine to lower his ERA to 4.34. Casey Baron hurled two innings of one-hit ball, but Mike McClendon (2-3) was tagged for four hits and a walk in 1.1 innings to take the loss.
Evan Anundsen started and worked the first 2.2 innings, striking out three while giving up five hits and a run. Roque Mercedes was masterful for the next 5.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out nine. Curtis Pasma shut the Legends down in the ninth despite giving up two hits and put the visitors down in order in the 10th to improve to 3-2. The threesome fanned a combined 14.
The Brewers let a 5-2 lead disappear in the eighth inning and visiting Missoula added five more in the ninth, three on Nelson Gomez's second homer of the contest. That gave the Osprey, who entered with a 2-10 record, a 10-8 triumph.
Helena had grabbed a 5-1 advantage with a four-run third that featured a one-out solo homer from left fielder Christopher Dennis, his fourth round-tripper, and second baseman Jose Duran's three-run shot with two outs, his first as a pro.
Center fielder Erik Komatsu, an eighth round pick from Cal State Fullerton, smacked a solo homer in the first and a three-run blast in the ninth to push his average back up to .405. First baseman Brock Kjeldgaard went 2 for 5 with two doubles, while designated hitter Josh Romanski finished 2 for 4, both two-baggers.
Righty Michael Bowman allowed one earned run, two walks and five hits while striking out six during his six-inning stint, lowering his ERA to 1.80. But reliever Rolando Pascual gave up three runs in 1.1 innings and Garrett Sherrill was roughed up for five runs on five hits and three free passes in 1.2 innings.
The Brewers fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and never recovered, falling 9-3 to the Rangers, who put the contest away during a four-run eighth.
Right fielder Hitaniel Arias finished 2 for 4 with an RBI to lead the Milwaukee contingent's offense, which accumulated seven hits and slipped to 1-5.
Right-hander Joel Morales (0-1) was the loser, allowing six hits and five runs, three earned, in five innings. Then lefty Kristian Bueno gave up four walks, three hits and four runs, three earned, in 2.1 innings.