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Brewers Play Long Ball Again, Beat Blue Jays 8-3

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MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 20: Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the Interleague game at Miller Park on June 20, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 20: Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the Interleague game at Miller Park on June 20, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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W: Yovani Gallardo (6-5)
L: Joel Carreno (0-2)

HR: Corey Hart (15), Martin Maldonado (5), Carlos Gomez (3), Ryan Braun (20), Edwin Encarnacion (20)

MVP: Martin Maldonado (+.201)
LVP: Aramis Ramirez (-.043)

Win Expectancy Graph

And the home runs just kept coming.

A day after these two teams combined for seven home runs, the Brewers scored five runs in the second inning today on three more long balls, one each for Corey Hart, Martin Maldonado and Carlos Gomez. Maldonado's blast gave the Brewers a 3-1 lead and moved him into the top ten among NL catchers with five homers. Not bad for a guy who's only been in the big leagues for 21 games. He also hit his first major league double in the eighth.

Ryan Braun also hit a home run today, one of his three hits. He now has a hit in 15 straight games overall and 25 straight interleague games, and leads the National League with 20 home runs.

That was good enough for Yovani Gallardo, who was cruising through six innings but ran out of gas in hot, humid conditions in the seventh. He pitched 6.2 innings today and allowed three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out seven. He was lifted after allowing three straight Blue Jays to reach with two outs in the seventh, and Tim Dillard forced in a run with a walk and an HBP before getting a strikeout to end the threat.

With the bullpen struggling and depleted Mike Fiers, on his bullpen day, was called upon to pitch the ninth inning in a non-save situation. It remains to be seen how that will impact his position in the rotation going forward.

The Brewers have now won back-to-back series for just the second time all season. The first time came two weeks ago when they beat the Cubs and Padres.

The Brewers get a much-needed day off tomorrow before opening a three game series at US Cellular Field in Chicago Friday. Zack Greinke will start the first game in that series, facing Chris Sale.