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Braun hit two home runs Saturday to give him the National League lead with 22 and lead the Brewers to a 10-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Braun, whose 50-game suspension was overturned before the season, is putting up numbers that are similar to his first half during the 2011 season when he was the NL MVP. And that has come with the free agent departure of Prince Fielder, who hit behind Braun last season.
He is hitting .313 and has 55 RBI to go along with his league leading home runs.
"It's been good so far," Braun said. "The one thing that challenges me is plate discipline and sometimes I've been swinging out of the strike zone. But overall, I am happy with where I am at."
As is Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who said Braun's first home run in the third inning came off a very good pitch from Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley that was low and outside.
"There are not too many guys who can drive the ball like he does," Roenicke said. "He can still hit the ball out of every part of the ballpark."
Roenicke was also thrilled with the start of rookie pitcher Mike Fiers (3-2), who pitched six shutout innings to get the win. He struggled early in the game stranding five runners in the first three innings, but retired the last 11 batters he faced and ended up with a career-high 10 strikeouts.
In all, Fiers has not given up a run in his past 19 innings.
"He's a hard guy to figure out" for hitters, Roenicke said. "The ball is all over the place. He's been great for us. He really had a nice ball game tonight."
Fiers said he had to work through some control issues in the first inning, but felt really good as the game went along.
"You have to be able to pitch through the tough times," he said.
Miley (9-4) lasted just 3 2/3 innings for Arizona, giving up eight runs and eight hits. Miley failed in his attempt to become the first Arizona pitcher to record 10 wins before the All-Star break since Brandon Webb (13-4) in 2008, and the first National League rookie to do so since 2002, when Kaz Ishii was 11-5 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Miley missed his spot with Braun twice and paid for it.
"You can't do that to a great hitter like Braun," Gibson said. "Wow. He's leading the league in home runs for a reason."
The Brewers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Corey Hart led off with a triple off the center field wall. He scored when Rickie Weeks struck out, but the ball got past Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero on a wild pitch.
Braun's third-inning solo home run gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
The Brewers broke the game open in the fourth inning, scoring six runs. After Hart and Weeks singled, Ransom hit his seventh home run of the season. Carlos Gomez hit an RBI triple and Braun followed with a two-run homer to give the Brewers an 8-0 lead and force Miley from the game.
Ransom's RBI single in the fifth inning and Gomez's fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning increased the lead to 10-0.
Gerardo Parra's fielder's choice in the eighth inning and Miguel Montero's eighth home run of the season in the ninth inning accounted for Arizona's runs.
|With his two dingers, Ryan Braun takes over the National League lead in home runs with 22. (AP)|
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|Stephen Drew, SS||4||1||1||0||1||2||3||.167|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.301|
|Justin Upton, RF||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||.277|
|a- Gerardo Parra, PH-RF||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.268|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||0||0||0||0||4||4||.294|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.293|
|Miguel Montero, C||4||1||2||1||0||2||0||.279|
|Chris Young, CF||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.214|
|Ryan Roberts, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.236|
|Wade Miley, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.345|
|Brad Ziegler, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Craig Breslow, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Bryan Shaw, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Lyle Overbay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Upton in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Shaw in the 9th|
|HR - Miguel Montero (8, Dillard)|
|RBI - Gerardo Parra (23), Miguel Montero (43)|
|SB - Justin Upton (10, 2nd base off Fiers/Maldonado)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Drew-Hill-Goldschmidt|
|E - Aaron Hill (4, Throwing)|
|Wade Miley (L,9-4)||3.2||8||8||8||1||2||3||2.87|
|WP - Wade Miley (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 75-49, Brad Ziegler 22-12, Craig Breslow 37-22, Bryan Shaw 18-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 4-6, Brad Ziegler 3-0, Craig Breslow 2-2, Bryan Shaw 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Wade Miley 21, Brad Ziegler 5, Craig Breslow 8, Bryan Shaw 6|
|Norichika Aoki, RF||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||5||2||2||2||0||1||3||.243|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||2||2||3||1||1||3||.313|
|Nyjer Morgan, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.239|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Taylor Green, PR-2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.203|
|Corey Hart, 1B||3||2||2||0||1||0||1||.251|
|George Kottaras, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||2||1||0||0||2||1||.183|
|Tim Dillard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cody Ransom, SS||4||1||2||4||0||2||2||.210|
|Martin Maldonado, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.265|
|Michael Fiers, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a- Travis Ishikawa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.239|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cesar Izturis, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.204|
|a-flied out for Fiers in the 6th|
|3B - Carlos Gomez (3, Miley), Corey Hart (3, Miley)|
|HR - Carlos Gomez (4, Breslow), Ryan Braun 2 (22, Miley, Miley), Cody Ransom (7, Miley)|
|SH - Michael Fiers (3)|
|RBI - Carlos Gomez 2 (15), Ryan Braun 3 (55), Cody Ransom 4 (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez 2 (8), Ryan Braun 3 (18)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Michael Fiers (W,3-2)||6||2||0||0||3||10||0||2.29|
|WP - Michael Fiers (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Michael Fiers 105-64, Manny Parra 19-12, Tim Dillard 35-25|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Dillard 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Michael Fiers 23, Manny Parra 4, Tim Dillard 10|
|Attendance - 41647|
|Game Time - 3:12|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|