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Jesus Aguilar homers again as Milwaukee Brewers beat Padres, 5-3

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The slugging first baseman continues to make a strong case to make the Opening Day roster.

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After losing a pair of split-squad games Friday, the Brewers started a new winning streak with a 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

Ryan Braun made his second appearance in a Cactus League game, and got the Brewers offense started early with an RBI double in the first inning to drive in Eric Thames.

Matt Garza pitched into the third inning today, but ran into a bit of trouble allowing a single to former Brewer Luis Sardinas (who was caught stealing by Jett Bandy), two walks, and then an RBI single to Will Myers before being pulled in favor of Jon Olczak. The Padres ended up scoring three runs in the inning to take the lead.

The Brewers would take the lead back an inning later, though, thanks to a 3-run home run by slugging first baseman Jesus Aguilar -- his third home run in Cactus League play as he tries to steal a spot on the 25-man roster as a backup at first base.

The Brewers would add another run on a Rene Garcia RBI single in the bottom of the 7th to score Brett Phillips, and Damien Magnifico would nail down the save in the 9th inning after inducing a game-ending double play.

Garza ended up allowing 3 hits and 3 walks, being charged with 2 earned runs in his start. Tyler Cravy was credited with the win after throwing 1.1 hitless innings. Andrew Barbosa shined in a relief role, throwing 2 innings and striking out 2, while only allowing 1 hit.

The Brewers improve to 9-7 in Cactus League play and will get on the bus to face Cincinnati tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. CST.