Brewers lose to Royals 5-4 in exhibition game at Miller Park

Jul 24, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks (23) high fives teammates after scoring during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Miller Park. Image by USA TODAY Sports

Brewers lose to Royals 5-4 in exhibition game at Miller Park

By The Associated Press. CREATED Mar 28, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun homered and doubled in his first public appearance at Miller Park since his doping suspension, but Milwaukee lost 5-4 to the Kansas City Royals in an exhibition game Friday night.

Braun's homer traveled 409 feet over the wall near straightaway center, giving Milwaukee a short-lived, two-run lead in the third. The hometown crowd showered Braun with overwhelming applause.

The 2011 NL MVP went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. He's now hitting .412 this spring.

It was Braun's first action at Miller since striking out as a pinch hitter on July 21. He was suspended the next day for the remainder of the 2013 season, covering 65 games.

Billy Butler hit a solo drive for Kansas City in the fifth.