Corbin Burnes shut the Braves down for 6 innings on 2 hits, and a Rowdy Tellez 2 run homer off of Charlie Morton in the bottom of the 7th proved to be the difference.
The Braves had an opportunity to get to Burnes in the 1st after Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman led off the game with walks, and Soler took 3rd on a passed ball. But Soler tried to score on an Ozzie Albies grounder to the 1st base bag, and was tagged out for a double play. A wild pitch got Freddie to 3rd, but Austin Riley struck out.
The Braves made it interesting in the 9th against Josh Hader, getting the tying run to 3rd base. After another Freeman walk, and a Riley 1-out single, Freddie took 3rd on an Adam Duvall force-out of Riley at 2nd. But, with 2 outs and the tying run on 3rd, Orlando Arcia pinch hit for the left-handed Eddie Rosario, and grounded out to 2nd. The Braves only managed 4 hits; the lone run coming on a 2-out pinch-hit homer by Joc Pederson in the 8th.
The Tellez homer was the 3rd and final hit Morton allowed, striking out 9 in his 6+ innings. Luke Jackson and Tyler Matzek were the only relievers needed. When the Braves can get 6 innings from their starters, they have a good chance when they can avoid the bottom of the bullpen.
Hader threw 20 pitches, and the more looks the Braves get at him, the better they should do against him. Adrian Houser went 2 innings for the Brewers, throwing 26 pitches.
Game 2 on Saturday at 5:07 Eastern on TBS; Max Fried and Brandon Woodruff scheduled.