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Brewers 7, Padres 1: Braun and Betancourt bring their bats

Brewers get all the offense they need in five-run first inning as Brewers pitchers give up only one run in San Diego.

Denis Poroy

Win: Kyle Lohse (1-1)
Loss: Jason Marquis (1-2)

HR: Braun (6), Betancourt (3)

MVP: Ryan Braun (.196)
LVP: Rickie Weeks (-.024)

Box Score

Win Expectancy Graph

Jason Marquis has not fared well against the Brewers in his 14 year major league career posting a career 5.53 ERA and tonight was not much different.

The first inning did not start out horribly for Marquis as he was able to get Rickie Weeks to ground into a force out at second base after a single from Jean Segura. Then, unfortunately, Ryan Braun came up and knocked a ball over the left field wall. Braun was a career .500 hitter against Marquis prior to tonight's game and continued his success against Marquis hitting his fourth home run in five games. After a Jonathan Lucroy strikeout, Logan Schafer and Carlos Gomez were both hit by pitches to bring up Yuniesky Betancourt. Yuni B. made it very clear that the "B" no longer stands for Betancourt, but rather "BOOM" as he crushed a ball onto the second deck in left field on a first pitch fastball from Marquis.

The game remained relatively uneventful until the fifth inning when the Brewers were able to tack on two more runs. The first run was scored on a Braun single punched through the left side of the infield with Segura and Weeks on first and second due to back-to-back walks from Marquis. Following a walk from Carlos Gomez, Weeks was able to score on a bases loaded wild pitch with Yuni B. up to bat. Apparently, the "B" actually stands for "bad things happen for the opposing team when I'm up to bat even if I don't swing the bat".

Kyle Lohse was doing an excellent job controlling the Padres offense giving up only one run with only 71 pitches thrown through five innings, but ran into some trouble during his own at-bat during the top of the sixth inning. After laying down a bunt, Lohse injured his pinky on his non-throwing left hand. Some had thought originally he had bunted the ball off his hand, but that was not the case. After the game, Tom Haudricourt tweeted that the Brewers believe the finger is just dislocated and not broken.

After Lohse's injury, Mike Gonzalez, Brandon Kintzler, and Nelson Figaro combined to throw four scoreless innings. Gonzalez and Kintzler combined to throw a perfect sixth and seventh, while Figaro navigated three hits to shut out the Padres in the eighth and ninth.

With the win tonight, the Brewers have moved two games over .500 at 10-8 and have now won eight straight games. Yovani Gallardo will face off against left-hander Clayton Richard tomorrow night at 9:10 p.m. in the second game of the series.