Victories, in contrast, haven't been easy to come by for the San Diego Padres - especially at home.
Milwaukee aims for a ninth consecutive win when it continues a three-game set against the slumping Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park.
After opening 2-8, the Brewers (10-8) have picked up the pace in a big way over the last week-plus. After sweeping a six-game homestand, Milwaukee kicked off a six-game road trip with Monday's 7-1 series-opening victory.
Braun went deep for the fourth time in five days and drove in three runs for the Brewers, who have outscored opponents 46-24 during their eight-game winning streak. They haven't taken nine in a row since a 10-game run Aug. 19-28, 2003.
Braun, who has five homers and 13 RBIs during the winning streak, is now batting .328 with five long balls and 13 RBIs in 16 career road games against the Padres (5-14)."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."
San Diego, which was shut out at San Francisco on Saturday on Sunday, has plated three runs while batting .190 during a four-game losing streak. The Padres have also been outscored 32-17 in dropping six straight at home - their longest since a seven-game skid Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 2010.
San Diego could get a boost from Carlos Quentin , who's expected to return following an eight-game suspension for charging the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers ' Zack Greinke on April 11. The left fielder, though, is batting just .174 with no homers in 10 games.
The Padres will try to break through against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo (1-1, 5.24 ERA), who came out with his best effort of the season just two days after being arrested on a drunken driving charge. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out six over six innings of one-run ball Thursday in 7-2 win over the Giants.
"I think Yo had something to prove and obviously wasn't happy with what happened," manager Ron Roenicke said. "And he was determined to go out there and do whatever he could to pitch well, and he did."
Gallardo has gone 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA over three career starts at Petco. He'll need to be wary of Chase Headley , who's 5 for 12 with a homer against him.
San Diego counters with Clayton Richard (0-1, 5.28), who was supposed to pitch Saturday before falling ill. Having posted a 1.64 ERA over his last two outings, Richard gave up two hits and overcome four walks to throw six scoreless innings in a 2-1 loss to Colorado on April 14.
"We talked about when we pitch well, you'd like to be able to support it with a couple of runs," manager Bud Black said. "That's how it goes when things aren't going your way."
The left-hander has compiled an ugly 10.45 ERA in losing his last two starts in the series, though both came in Milwaukee. He's 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA in two career matchups against the Brewers at Petco
|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) -- Yovani Gallardo pitched well enough to win when he was off his game.
The Brewers ace pitched into the seventh inning and Milwaukee rode an early offensive outburst to another win, beating the San Diego Padres 6-3 Tuesday night for its ninth straight win.
Gallardo (2-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, with five walks and two strikeouts. Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run double in the Brewers' five-run second inning.
"It was a struggle," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Gallardo's start. "His command, ball-strike ratio in the first three innings - that wasn't him. But I was glad to see somewhere in there that he got it together. If he can keep us in ballgames and win ballgames when he's struggling it's going to be a nice thing when he gets going."
Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five chances.
Padres starter Clayton Richard (0-2), who missed his last start due to the flu, allowed six runs on six hits in 1 2-3 innings.
"The Brewers had good at-bats against Clayton," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They had a lot of opposite field hits and they were taking what he was giving them. They strung some hits together in the second after the leadoff walk and it kind of snowballed from there."
The Padres have lost five straight overall and seven straight at home, their longest skid since a seven-game losing streak Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 2010, at Petco Park. They have scored six runs in their five-game losing streak and are 5-15 on the season.
The nine-game winning streak is Milwaukee's longest since it won 10 in a row Aug. 19-28, 2003. The Brewers started 2-8 this season.
The Brewers broke it open in the second on a two-run single by Yuniesky Betancourt , a groundout by Segura and Lucroy's double after an intentional walk to Ryan Braun .
Gallardo's victory was his second straight since he was arrested on drunken-driving charges April 16. He left in the seventh after issuing three straight walks, his last to Carlos Quentin to load the bases with two out.
Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny came on and struck out Yonder Alonso on three pitches to end the threat.
"My mechanics were a little bit off to be honest those few innings," Gallardo said. "I was falling behind hitters, but I felt a lot better as the game was going along and I could find my rhythm except for that seventh inning.
"I got two quick outs and tried to just tried to finish the inning too quickly and walked three straight batters," said Gallardo. "But Gorzy picked me up. And the guys played terrific defense behind me."
Quentin, playing in his first game since his eight-game suspension for his part in a brawl with the Dodgers and Zack Greinke April 11, drove in the Padres' first run with a single in San Diego's two-run first inning
The Padres went up 2-1 in the bottom of the first on Quentin's RBI single and another by Alonso after Braun's infield grounder scored Jean Segura , who had tripled.
Thad Weber pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of Richard for the Padres.
Roenicke was tossed out of the game for arguing balls and strikes by plate umpire Gary Darling in the fifth inning on a check swing by Headley.
"Darling kicked me out for me saying that `he missed the call', said Roenicke of Headley's check swing. "It was a full swing. When they make a mistake like that they should take a little bit. And for me to get thrown out because I yelled that they missed it that's wrong."
NOTES: Segura had three hits and turned an unassisted double play in the fourth inning. ... Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse said he has a little soreness from dislocating his pinky finger on his left hand Monday night, but said he expects to make his next scheduled start which would be Sunday against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw . However, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that Lohse's start could be pushed back to next Monday or Tuesday at home against the Pirates. "We could bump him back a day or two days. We'll see how he does and how he grabs a bat and see what happens there." . Brewers rookie RHP Hiram Burgos , who won his major league debut April 20th against the Cubs, will take his spot in the regular rotation on Friday against the Dodgers Friday. ... Padres RHP Edinson Volquez (0-3,8.84) will make his 11th start against the Brewers on Wednesday night, against Milwaukee RHP Marco Estrada (2-0, 4.50).