They'll try to keep that going before embarking on their longest road trip of the season.
Weeks and the Brewers look to conclude a six-game homestand with a fifth victory Sunday against the sputtering New York Mets .
Milwaukee (73-72) is 2 1/2 games back of the tie between St. Louis and Los Angeles for the NL's second wild-card spot, but the club is also one-half game behind Pittsburgh.
"It's just one of those things where we need some help, obviously," Weeks said. "But at the same time we want to get this thing done."
It's remarkable that the Brewers are even in the race after they were 12 games under .500 on Aug. 19, but they've gone 19-6 to transform into playoff contenders.
Their success at Miller Park may be even more impressive. They've won 18 of 21 there while hitting .284 with 36 homers.
Weeks has provided an unexpected spark, batting .343 with seven homers, 14 RBIs and 19 runs in 16 games. That includes going 6 for 17 with five extra-base hits - three homers - while driving in seven runs in the past four contests.
The second baseman came up big again Saturday, connecting for a two-run homer and a run-scoring double in a 9-6 win over the Mets (66-79).
Despite his recent efforts, Weeks has a career-low .230 season average, but his 20 homers match his total from last year.
"I've been swinging the bat pretty well for more than a couple of weeks," Weeks said. "I just keep coming back to the ballpark and working hard. That's all you can do."
Ryan Braun is 5 for 13 in his last three games, but has managed just one RBI in seven contests since hitting his 38th homer.
After facing the Mets, the Brewers will be looking to carry their home success onto a season-high 10-game road trip, which starts Tuesday against the Pirates before they face NL East-leading Washington and Cincinnati, the top team in the Central.
Wily Peralta (1-0, 3.46 ERA) will try to keep Milwaukee rolling ahead of that trek as he makes his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville. The 23-year-old rookie right-hander has allowed four run over 12 innings in his first two outings.
He was impressive Monday, yielding one run and scattering seven hits in six innings before the offense scored four times in the seventh en route to a 4-1 home victory over Atlanta.
The Mets have dropped nine of 11, averaging 3.0 runs and hitting .157 with runners in scoring position during that span.
Chris Young (4-7, 4.39) is expected to get the ball in an effort to continue his recent success on the road.
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in his last four starts compared to 0-4 with a 4.26 ERA in seven home outings.
Young continued his success away from Citi Field with a 5-1 win at Miami on Sept. 2, giving up one run in five innings. He followed that up a week later by allowing two runs with seven strikeouts and four walks in six innings of a 3-2 loss in 10 at home to the Braves.
He's 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two career starts against the Brewers, both in Milwaukee. However, the most recent outing - a two-hit victory - came with San Diego on Sept. 7, 2008.
|New York Mets|
|September 12, 2012||Ronny Cedeno||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right hamstring|
|September 07, 2012||Andres Torres||Day-to-Day||Left knee bruise|
|August 18, 2012||Johan Santana||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 15, 2012||Rob Johnson||60-Day DL||Torn ligament, left thumb|
|August 02, 2012||Tim Byrdak||60-Day DL||Sore left shoulder|
|July 31, 2012||Andres Torres||Day-to-Day||Strained right thumb|
|September 12, 2012||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Left game - right quad contusion|
|September 09, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right wrist|
|September 09, 2012||Corey Hart||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained left ankle|
|July 29, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||60-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ryan Braun helped the Brewers head out on a crucial road trip with plenty of confidence.
Braun hit two home runs and rookie pitcher Wily Peralta gave up two singles in eight innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the New York Mets 3-0 Sunday.
On Tuesday, Milwaukee begins goes to Pittsburgh for three games. Then it's off to NL East-leading Washington for four games before a three-game trip to Central-leading Cincinnati.
This road trip is going to be a tough road trip, and we know it," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.
The Brewers began Sunday 2 1-2 games out of the second wild card spot behind St. Louis, which played later at Los Angeles.
"A month ago we were out of it," Aramis Ramirez said. "All of a sudden we got hot. We're right there. We've got a chance."
Braun, the reigning NL MVP, now has 201 home runs in his career, as Milwaukee won for the 20th time in its last 26 games.
Peralta (2-0) struck out five and walked one in his third start, and got his first major league hit when he doubled in the seventh.
"He's been amazing," Braun said. "I look at his stuff, and I don't know how he's not the top prospect in baseball. He has dominant stuff. There are very few guys who have stuff like that in baseball."
John Axford pitched the ninth for his 29th save.
New York's Chris Young (4-8) threw 6 2-3 innings and allowed three runs - all solo homers - and eight hits.
"He's a fly ball pitcher," New York manager Terry Collins said. "If you get enough of the ball here, it's going to get out. But he pitched well. He kept us in the game. Two hits isn't going to get us very far."
The Mets lost for the eighth time in nine games.
Braun is the sixth Brewers player to reach 200 homers and seventh to reach 40 in a season. His homer to lead off the sixth was his 103rd run batted in of the year and gave Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.
"Individual accomplishments are always far more enjoyable when they come in the context of a team win, a meaningful win," Braun said. "We're in a position where every obviously every game is of the utmost importance. It's certainly easier to enjoy it when it comes on a day like this."
In the fourth, Braun also led off with a deep home run to right-center. Aramis Ramirez , the featured bobblehead giveaway at Miller Park, followed by smashing another long blast to left-center for a 2-0 lead.
That was more than enough Peralta, who led Milwaukee to its 19th victory in its last 22 home games. He stranded Josh Thole at second by getting Ruben Tejada to fly out in the third. In the sixth, Andres Torres led off with a single and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Young. Tejada fouled out and Daniel Murphy grounded out, however.
NOTES: Milwaukee broke its single-season strikeout record when Peralta struck out Lucas Duda in the second. The Brewers now have 1,261 strikeouts, which leads the NL. . Braun had 33 homers last year. . Young is 2-7 in his last 13 starts. . Milwaukee has at least one extra-base hit in its last 85 games. . On Monday, New York begins a 10-day homestand, its second-longest of the year. . Milwaukee first baseman Corey Hart has not played since he sprained his left ankle last Sunday.