Series: Game 3 of 3

Milwaukee won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, April 22
San Diego1
Game 2: Tuesday, April 23
San Diego3
Game 3: Wednesday, April 24
San Diego2

Brewers 1

(11-9, 4-4 away)

Padres 2

(6-15, 2-7 home)

    10:10 PM ET, April 24, 2013

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    MIL 000000001 1 7 2
    SD 00011000 - 2 5 0

    W: E. Volquez (1-3)

    L: M. Estrada (2-1)

    S: H. Street (3)

    Brewers-Padres Preview


    The Milwaukee Brewers continue to roll and aren't showing any signs of slowing down.

    The slumping San Diego Padres are surely glad to see them leaving town.

    Seeking a 10th consecutive win, the Brewers try to sweep the Padres for the first time in 10 seasons Wednesday night.

    After winning 7-1 in Monday's series opener, Milwaukee (11-8) jumped all over San Diego starter Clayton Richard, tagging him for six runs over the first two innings of Tuesday's 6-3 victory.

    "The Brewers had good at-bats against Clayton," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They had a lot of opposite field hits and they were taking what he was giving them."

    Jean Segura had a career high-tying three hits while Jonathan Lucroy and Yuniesky Betancourt both drove in a pair of runs. Ryan Braun, who had homered four times over the previous five days, went 0 for 4 but plated his 14th RBI during the winning streak.

    The Brewers, who haven't won 10 in a row since Aug. 19-28, 2003, haven't swept the Padres since taking three straight matchups earlier that same year -- May 19-21. Their last sweep in San Diego came May 31-June 2, 2002.

    The Padres (5-15), meanwhile, find themselves on the verge of dropping eight straight home games for the first time since a nine-game slide June 21-July 7, 2008.

    San Diego has also been handed five consecutive losses overall by a 23-6 margin. The Padres are batting .201 over that stretch, including a 4-for-26 effort with runners in scoring position.

    Yonder Alonso has just two hits in his last 21 at-bats. Chase Headley has also struggled, going 4 for 21 over six games since debuting last Wednesday.

    The Padres will try to get back on track against Marco Estrada (2-0, 4.50 ERA), who allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings Friday in a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

    "It felt like my mechanics were just a little off," he told MLB's official website. "By the fifth or the sixth, they were back and I felt much better. It was a grind. Mentally, physically, it was a grind."

    While he's yet to lose this season, Estrada continues to be plagued by the long ball. The right-hander, who's been taken deep six times over four outings spanning 24 innings, has given up 1.4 homers per nine innings over 27 starts since the beginning of last year.

    Estrada is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA over three relief appearances versus San Diego.

    The Padres counter with Edinson Volquez (0-3, 8.84), who had dropped his first three starts before coming around in Friday's 3-2 walkoff loss at San Francisco. The right-hander allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings.

    "I think I've got a better tempo now, a better rhythm between pitches," he said. "I'm trying to keep the ball down and throw more strikes."

    Volquez is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA over his last four matchups against the Brewers. Rickie Weeks has taken him deep twice, going 6 for 14 in their matchups. Braun has also fared well, going 9 for 25 with a homer. Lucroy, though, is just 1 for 10.

    Volquez will need to keep a close eye on Segura, who's stolen a base in five straight games. The speedy shortstop is batting .377 on the season.

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    Gameday Matchup

     MilwaukeeSan Diego
    Current StreakL1L1
    Last 106-45-5

    Pitching Matchup

    MilwaukeeSan Diego
    M. Estrada
    7-4, 3.87 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 at NYM
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    E. Volquez
    9-12, 5.71 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at SF
    5.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.MilwaukeeSan Diego
    1. N. Aoki, RF E. Cabrera, SS
    2. J. Segura, SS W. Venable, CF
    3. R. Braun, LF C. Headley, 3B
    4. J. Lucroy, C C. Quentin, LF
    5. R. Weeks, 2B Y. Alonso, 1B
    6. C. Gomez, CF C. Denorfia, RF
    7. Y. Betancourt, 3B J. Gyorko, 2B
    8. M. Maldonado, 1B N. Hundley, C
    9. M. Estrada, P E. Volquez, P