Suppan, Fielder Lead Way in Opener

Mike Cameron hits homer and makes several nice catches in his return to PETCO in helping Milwaukee extend its winning streak to seven games Tuesday night.

Inside pitch

Left fielder Ryan Braun isn't sure when he'll be back in the lineup.

Braun sat out for the third consecutive game Tuesday night in San Diego with an intercostal strain on both sides of his lower ribcage. He is feeling better but still not enough to swing a bat.

"I'll just continue getting treatment and hopefully it'll get better," Braun said. "It's definitely better today than it was yesterday. But it's still a little ways to go, back to the point where I can play. It's day-to-day."

Braun said he didn't think the injury was enough to land him on the 15-day disabled list.

"I really don't know," he said. "Any intercostal or ribcage or oblique area, it's hard to put a timetable on it. I think it's definitely a good sign that I felt better today than yesterday. I'll just continue to get treatment and hopefully I'm back in there as soon as possible."

Brewers 5, Padres 2

The Brewers won their seventh consecutive game to pull within three games of Chicago in the NL Central while also expanding their wild-card lead to four games. It also boosted the Brewers' road record to 33-28, surpassing their total number of victories away home in 2007 (32-49).

Mike Cameron had a successful return to San Diego with a home run, single and a handful of nice catches in center. Prince Fielder delivered the big blow in the fourth inning, a three-run homer off Padres starter Cha Seung Baek. Salomon Torres converted his 23rd save of the season and is 22-for-24 since becoming the closer in late May.

Notes

--Second baseman Rickie Weeks became the eighth player on the team to reach double figures in home runs this season when he hit No. 10 on Monday against Washington.

--Righty Carlos Villanueva has been effective out of the bullpen in the second half. Villanueva has posted eight consecutive scoreless outings, covering 12 innings. Over his last 18 2/3 innings, he has allowed just one earned run (0.48 ERA).

--The Brewers are 9-2 over their last 11 games, and starting pitching is a big reason for that surge. Over that span, starters are 8-2 with a 2.01 ERA (18 earned runs in 80 2/3 innings), including nine quality starts.

--Right-hander Jeff Suppan, who hadn't won consecutive starts all season until his previous outing, claimed this third win in a row Tuesday night in San Diego. Over those three starts, Suppan has allowed five runs in 22 innings (2.05 ERA).

--Fielder, who hit six home runs in July, already has five in 11 games in August.


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