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The Brewers' bats took care of the rest.
"Yovani, huge game for us," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We were really thin in the bullpen today, and we really needed the length from him. And he also threw a great ballgame."
The Brewers bounced back from a demoralizing ninth-inning loss Tuesday night to take two out of three from the Blue Jays.
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Gallardo (6-5) went 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs and seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Gallardo's outing provided some much-needed rest for Milwaukee's bullpen -- even if Gallardo didn't quite realize how dire the relief situation was.
"To be honest, I had no idea. But being a starting pitcher, obviously, you want to stay out there as long as you can. Obviously, the goal is to go nine innings every start. You know that's not going to happen 33, 34 starts, whatever it might be. But the deeper you get, the better, and the less the bullpen has to work."
With injuries testing the depth of Toronto's pitching, Milwaukee got to Blue Jays emergency starter Joel Carreno (0-2) early, hitting three home runs in a five-run second.
Braun extended his hitting streak to 15 games -- and 25 games in interleague play -- with a double in the third, then hit his 20th homer in the seventh.
Braun appeared to take a cleat to his right hand when he was thrown out at home in the third, but stayed in the game.
"It got me pretty good," Braun said. "It was a clean play, obviously, but it got in there pretty good. I'm all right."
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 20th home run of the season for the Blue Jays, a solo shot in the second.
The two teams combined for 16 home runs in the three-game series.
"I'm sure it's the pitching," Roenicke said of the power output from both teams. "If you go back and look at all the pitches that were hit out of the ballpark, there's probably not very many you'd say `Hey, that's a good pitch."
Braun said temperatures in the 90s might have made a difference, too.
"The ball was carrying about as well as I can ever remember, between the warm weather and it seemed like there was a little bit of a breeze blowing out," Braun said. "And both offenses were really swinging the bat well."
Milwaukee then took the lead in the bottom half of the inning, beginning with Hart's solo homer and then the two-run homer by Maldonado. Gallardo followed with a double over the head of center fielder Colby Rasmus before Gomez homered to left, giving the Brewers a 5-1 lead.
Aaron Laffey came on in relief in the fourth after Carreno gave up five hits and five runs -- all on the three homers -- in three innings. With three starters injured, the Blue Jays turned to Carreno, a right-hander making his second career start.
"It's not the ideal situation when you have to take an overnight flight in here," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "That's the circumstances we're in. We're not going to use that as an excuse. It's not the ideal situation."
Milwaukee added another run in the sixth when Gomez walked, stole second base and scored on a bloop single by Nyjer Morgan that fell just inside the right-field line.
Gallardo cruised through the first two outs of the seventh, then gave up a single to David Cooper, a walk to Brett Lawrie and an RBI double to Colby Rasmus to cut Milwaukee's lead to 6-2. Gallardo left the game to warm applause from the crowd and was relieved by Tim Dillard.
Dillard walked Jose Bautista to load the bases and face Encarnacion - and Dillard hit him with a pitch, forcing in a run to cut the lead to 6-3. Dillard then struck out Kelly Johnson to end the inning.
Braun hit a two-run homer in the seventh to extend the Brewers' lead to 8-3.
Michael Fiers pitched a scoreless ninth for Milwaukee.
With two straight series wins, Gallardo sees the Brewers building some momentum.
"It's very important for us. It's obviously getting close to the All-Star break, and we [had to] turn things around quickly. We were able to do that this past six games, and we've just got to continue it."
|Corey Hart knocks one of four home runs for Milwaukee as the Brewers take the series. (US Presswire)|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.287|
|a- Yunel Escobar, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.249|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||0||1||1||1||3||0||.259|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||0||0||0||1||2||1||.232|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.283|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.252|
|Jeff Mathis, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.204|
|Omar Vizquel, SS-3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.228|
|Rajai Davis, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.267|
|Joel Carreno, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Laffey, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|b- David Cooper, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.297|
|Luis Perez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- J.P. Arencibia, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.224|
|Jason Frasor, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Lawrie in the 8th|
|b-singled for Laffey in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Perez in the 8th|
|2B - Colby Rasmus (15, Gallardo)|
|HR - Edwin Encarnacion (20, Gallardo)|
|SH - Jeff Mathis (1)|
|RBI - Colby Rasmus (36), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (48)|
|2-OUT RBI - Colby Rasmus (12), Edwin Encarnacion (16)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Encarnacion-Vizquel|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Joel Carreno (L,0-2)||3||5||5||5||2||3||3||6.60|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joel Carreno 58-35, Aaron Laffey 43-25, Luis Perez 23-16, Jason Frasor 27-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Carreno 1-4, Aaron Laffey 2-5, Jason Frasor 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joel Carreno 15, Aaron Laffey 12, Luis Perez 6, Jason Frasor 4|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||2||1||2||1||3||1||.265|
|Nyjer Morgan, RF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.242|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.321|
|Norichika Aoki, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.263|
|Corey Hart, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||0||3||.248|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.181|
|Cody Ransom, SS||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.212|
|Martin Maldonado, C||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.246|
|Yovani Gallardo, P||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.103|
|Tim Dillard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- George Kottaras, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.235|
|Michael Fiers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Dillard in the 8th|
|2B - Ryan Braun (12, Carreno), Aramis Ramirez (20, Perez), Martin Maldonado (1, Frasor), Yovani Gallardo (1, Carreno)|
|HR - Carlos Gomez (3, Carreno), Ryan Braun (20, Perez), Corey Hart (15, Carreno), Martin Maldonado (5, Carreno)|
|RBI - Carlos Gomez 2 (12), Nyjer Morgan (3), Ryan Braun 2 (51), Corey Hart (33), Martin Maldonado 2 (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez 2 (6), Martin Maldonado 2 (11)|
|SB - Carlos Gomez (8, 2nd base off Laffey/Mathis), Ryan Braun (12, 3rd base off Carreno/Mathis), Corey Hart (2, 2nd base off Carreno/Mathis)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Yovani Gallardo (W,6-5)||6.2||7||3||3||2||7||1||4.22|
|Tim Dillard (H,1)||1.1||2||0||0||1||2||0||4.26|
|HBP - Encarnacion (by Tim Dillard)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 113-67, Tim Dillard 22-12, Michael Fiers 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 10-3, Tim Dillard 2-0, Michael Fiers 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 29, Tim Dillard 8, Michael Fiers 3|
|Attendance - 33077|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Al Porter|