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And while neither man was willing to share the details of that conversation, the results so far speak for themselves: Axford nailed down a save for the second day in a row and the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.
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"He came in and talked to me," Roenicke said. "I don't want to say what went on. But he's in a place where he should be."
Demoted after a string of poor performances earlier in the season, Axford was happy to be back where he still thinks he belongs.
"I think maybe just the reaffirming conversation that Ron and I had earlier, about a week ago, maybe that's exactly what I needed -- something myself, to say, `This is me and this is what I want to do and I should be there,"' Axford said.
Gallardo (13-8) gave up two runs and four hits, with nine strikeouts and two walks.
It was another impressive outing in what has been an emotional week for Gallardo, who recently returned home to deal with an illness in the family.
"Even though all the things that have happened to him lately emotionally, he looked good before the game," Roenicke said. "He looked good yesterday. So we felt pretty good with him going into the game. And after the first batter, really good."
Gallardo said after Wednesday's game that his mother was ill, but is back home and getting better.
"It's not easy for anybody," Gallardo said. "It's obviously still in the back of your mind. But like I've said, you've just got to be tough. You've got to be tough and find a way to get the job done."
Braun hit a solo shot deep to right-center field in the sixth and had an RBI double in the first. With Wednesday's homer, Braun has surpassed the 33 he hit during his 2011 NL MVP season.
Although the Brewers' overall season has been a disappointment, they've been hot at home, going 9-1-2 in their last 12 series at Miller Park.
Roenicke isn't fixated on trying to figure out why the team is playing so much worse on the road.
"I want to just worry about playing good ball, and where it ends up, it ends up," Roenicke said.
Cubs starter Travis Wood (4-10) took the loss but pitched fairly well, giving up three runs and six hits in seven innings with a walk and six strikeouts. Wood, in his second stint with the big-league club this year, was making his 18th start of the season.
"He did a good job," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Like I've said before, that's a tough middle of that lineup to get through."
Brewers players began Wednesday by saying goodbye to veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who was released by the team on his 36th birthday.
Wolf was 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA, and said he didn't blame the club for making the move.
"It's certainly unfortunate that this year was the way it was, and there's nobody more disappointed about that than I am," Wolf said.
Both general manager Doug Melvin and Roenicke said they expected Wolf to find a job somewhere else -- perhaps even this season.
DeJesus led off by pounding a 3-1 pitch from Gallardo over the wall in center. It was his sixth home run of the season, and four of those have come in his last eight games.
DeJesus then appeared to hurt his left hand in a collision with center fielder Brett Jackson while making a sliding attempt at a catch in the bottom half of the inning, but stayed in the game. Milwaukee's Norichika Aoki ended up with a double after DeJesus and Jackson couldn't make the catch.
After a strikeout by Rickie Weeks, Braun doubled over the head of LaHair -- who appeared to lose track of the ball as it came off the bat -- and Aoki scored to tie the game. Braun later scored on a broken-bat bloop double by Corey Hart, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
After Braun homered in the sixth, LaHair hit his 15th of the season in the seventh to cut the lead to 3-2.
|Ryan Braun doubles, homers and collects two RBI in the Brewers' victory over the Cubs. (US Presswire)|
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|David DeJesus, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||1||.270|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.226|
|Starlin Castro, SS||3||0||1||0||1||2||1||.275|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.289|
|Bryan LaHair, RF||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.254|
|Steve Clevenger, C||3||0||1||0||1||1||2||.224|
|Joe Mather, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Brett Jackson, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.164|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.262|
|Travis Wood, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.206|
|a- Josh Vitters, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.119|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Wood in the 8th|
|HR - David DeJesus (6, Gallardo), Bryan LaHair (15, Gallardo)|
|RBI - David DeJesus (38), Bryan LaHair (34)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Travis Wood (L,4-10)||7||6||3||3||1||6||1||4.76|
|Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 99-69, James Russell 4-2, Shawn Camp 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 3-11|
|Batters Faced - Travis Wood 27, James Russell 1, Shawn Camp 3|
|Norichika Aoki, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.215|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.308|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.286|
|Corey Hart, 1B||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.270|
|Martin Maldonado, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.283|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.254|
|Cody Ransom, SS||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.206|
|Yovani Gallardo, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.148|
|a- Jonathan Lucroy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.325|
|Jim Henderson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Axford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Gallardo in the 7th|
|2B - Norichika Aoki (21, Wood), Ryan Braun (23, Wood), Corey Hart 2 (29, Wood, Wood)|
|3B - Ryan Braun (3, Camp)|
|HR - Ryan Braun (34, Wood)|
|SH - Cody Ransom (3)|
|RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (85), Corey Hart (66)|
|2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart (25)|
|SB - Carlos Gomez (24, off Wood/Clevenger)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Hart, Ransom-Hart|
|E - Cody Ransom (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Yovani Gallardo (W,13-8)||7||4||2||2||2||9||2||3.62|
|Jim Henderson (H,2)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.97|
|John Axford (S,20)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||5.08|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 106-65, Jim Henderson 22-12, John Axford 21-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 9-2, Jim Henderson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 26, Jim Henderson 4, John Axford 4|
|Attendance - 30743|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster|