Braun and the Brewers go for an eighth consecutive victory Monday night when they open a three-game set against the slumping San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
While Braun is mired in a 5-for-32 slump, four of those hits have left the yard - including a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning of Sunday's 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs .
"I'm not making a lot of contact, but when I do make contact, it counts," Braun, who has 10 RBIs during the winning streak, told MLB's official website. "Lots of homers - meaningful homers. ... It's not even about me, it's about the team. We're winning games."
Despite going deep earlier in the day, Braun's frustrations caught up to him in the eighth, when he struck out looking and was ejected for tossing his bat in the air." Umpires are human and make mistakes," Braun said. "It was tough for me because those are the type of pitches I am trying not to swing at. But you just have to move on."
Braun, a career .313 hitter, has 20 strikeouts in 50 at-bats thus far." He's obviously not locked in right now," manager Ron Roenicke said. " There are pitches that he usually hits that he's missing and fouling."
Looking to win eight straight for the first time since Aug. 5-13, 2008, Milwaukee (9-8) now tries to keep things going against the Padres (5-13).
The Brewers haven't won a series at San Diego since 2008 - that last eight-game run, oddly enough, ended in the finale of that set at Petco - and they've been shut out in three of their last four there. The lone win in that stretch was an 8-3 victory last April 30 as Braun went 4 for 5 with a career high-tying six RBIs - becoming the first player to hit three homers in one game at Petco.
"That was a good night," Roenicke said. "It's hard to win games in San Diego. They have good pitching, and they scrap and get a few runs. It's tough to score runs in San Diego - the ballpark, certainly, but also their pitching's good. And to go in there and score a lot of runs, it usually doesn't happen."
Contrary to Roenicke's remarks, San Diego hasn't proven very formidable of late. The Padres were limited to a combined two runs during a three-game sweep at San Francisco this weekend, dropping to 3-8 over their last 11 games.
"I can't put my finger on it other than to say they made pitches," manager Bud Black said after Sunday's 5-0 loss.
Losers in five straight at home, the Padres look to regroup against Kyle Lohse (0-1, 2.70 ERA), who has only issued one walk over his first three starts spanning 20 innings. The right-hander gave up three runs and six hits over seven frames Wednesday in a 4-3 walkoff win over San Francisco.
"It's a shame, when you're pitching as good as Lohse is pitching for us, to not come out of this with some wins," Roenicke said of Lohse, who carried a perfect game into the fifth. "I think he's done a great job for three games and we don't have a win for him."
Lohse is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA over his last three starts versus San Diego.
The Padres counter with Jason Marquis (1-1, 2.41), who scattered three hits over 7 2-3 innings of one-run ball Tuesday in a 9-2 road victory over the Dodgers.
"It's always nice to get the first win out of the way," he said. "I battled, even though the numbers don't reflect that, but my fastball command wasn't where I wanted it."
Marquis is 3-8 with an ugly 6.72 ERA over his last 14 starts versus Milwaukee. Braun is 11 for 22 with five doubles against him.
|April 12, 2013||Alex Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|April 07, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left quad|
|April 07, 2013||Chris Narveson||15-Day DL||Sprained middle finger|
|April 06, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||15-Day DL||Left knee sprain|
|April 05, 2013||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Neck spasms|
|March 25, 2013||Mark Rogers||15-Day DL||Right shoulder instability|
|San Diego Padres|
|April 21, 2013||Kyle Blanks||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder injury|
|April 20, 2013||Clayton Richard||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|April 18, 2013||Tyson Ross||15-Day DL||Left shoulder subluxation|
|April 16, 2013||Cameron Maybin||15-Day DL||Right wrist impingement|
|April 09, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Left game - right wrist|
|March 30, 2013||Cory Luebke||60-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Ryan Braun and Yuniesky Betancourt gave Kyle Lohse all the support he needed before throwing a pitch. The right-hander didn't get to finish his impressive outing either.
Lohse injured his left pinkie during an at-bat in the sixth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers ' 7-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night for their eighth straight win. Braun hit a two-run home run and Betancourt had a three-run shot, both off Jason Marquis in the top of the first.
Lohse (1-1) went five innings, allowing one run and five hits, but left in the sixth after dislocating his pinkie when he caught the finger on the elbow of Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko , who was covering first, after an unsuccessful sacrifice bunt. Lohse struck out four and walked one.
"Kyle's OK," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "They put it back in and X-rays were negative and we think he'll be OK for his next start."
Lohse has experience with this type of injury.
"I've done it a couple of times, always in the off season," he said. "It will be fine. I think it will probably be swollen a little bit for a couple of days. But because I've done it so many times, it will be fine."
Marquis (1-2) was rocked for seven runs in four-plus innings as the Padres dropped their fourth in a row overall and sixth straight at home.
The homer for Braun was his sixth of the season. He also had an RBI single in the fifth and has 19 RBIs.
In his last visit to Petco Park, Braun became the first player to hit three home runs in one game at the ballpark. He also had a triple in his last at-bat here on April 30, 2012. He has five homers and 13 RBIs in 16 games at Petco.
"I just enjoy coming back to the West Coast," Braun said. "It's always rejuvenating for me. Obviously (Petco Park) is still a challenging ballpark to hit but I've enjoyed hitting here throughout the course of my career, and as a team I think we've enjoyed getting a chance to come here and play."
Betancourt's home run, his third, came after Marquis had hit consecutive batters - Logan Schafer and Carlos Gomez - with two outs.
"He couldn't really get anything going in that first inning," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Braun jumped on a fastball that was meant to be down and away and it just sort of tailed to the middle of the plate."
The Brewers have hit 15 home runs in eight games after hitting five homers in their first 10.
Milwaukee had scored just five runs in Lohse's first three starts before putting up a five-spot in the first inning on Monday.
The Brewers added two more runs in the fifth, one on Braun's RBI single and they scored on a wild pitch by Padres reliever Anthony Bass with the bases loaded.
The Padres, who were shutout in San Francisco Saturday and Sunday, snapped their 25-inning scoreless streak with a run in the fifth on a double by Gyorko and an RBI fielder's choice by Bass.
NOTES: Padres OF Carlos Quentin , who served the last game of his eight-game suspension Monday for his part in the benches-clearing brawl in which Dodgers star Zack Greinke broke his collarbone, will be back in the Padres lineup Tuesday. ... Padres 1B Kyle Blanks wasn't in the starting lineup, but was available for pinch-hitting duty Monday night, a day after sustaining a cut on his left eyelid when he was cut by his sunglasses as he smacked into the left field wall making a catch in the sixth inning at San Francisco. "I feel definitely better than yesterday," said Blanks. "It's going to be a kind of a touch and feel progression. I saw it (on replay) and it reminded me of how fun it wasn't, but my head feels good, neck feels fine, mainly it's just a lot of soreness in my shoulder." Black said that Blanks had stitches in his eyelid just below his eyebrow. ... Black also said that LHP Clayton Richard (0-1, 5.28) was feeling better after a stomach flu cancelled his start in San Francisco and that he would be on the mound Tuesday against Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo (1-1, 5.24). ... Roenicke said that RF Norichika Aoki , who has appeared in all 17 games for Milwaukee, would get Monday night off but would be back in the starting lineup Tuesday. ... Roenicke also said that he has not yet decided whether rookie RHP Hiram Burgos , who won his major league debut against the Cubs, would remain in the Brewers rotation. "It all depends on matchups. We don't mind sliding him back in again then pushing the other guys to six days, but we're going to look at matchups."