MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers moved to within three games of a playoff spot, after crushing the Atlanta Braves 8-2 Wednesday night at Miller Park. The Brewers scored all their runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run homer from Rickie Weeks and a three-run double by Travis Ishikawa. Milwaukee earned its first three game sweep of Atlanta since 2006. The Brewers went above .500 for the first time since April 12th. The Crew won for the ninth straight time at Miller Park, and the ninth straight time with Yovani Gallardo as the starter. Gallardo struck out six in seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks. He won his seventh straight decision, as his record improved to 15-8. Paul Maholm took the loss, giving up eight runs – six earned – in just four-and-a-third innings. Milwaukee had base-runners in each of the first four frames, but they could not score until their big rally in the fifth. The Brewers outslugged the Braves 12 to 5. Jason Heyward hit a solo homer – the only extra-base hit for Atlanta in the entire three-game series. The Braves and Saint Louis still hold the National League Wild Cards. But the race is tightening up, with the Dodgers just a game back for the final Wild Card. Pittsburgh is two and a half games back, and Milwaukee and Philadelphia are three behind. The Brewers have won 18 of their last 23 to play themselves back into contention. The Crew is off today, and will open a three game weekend series against the New York Mets Friday night.
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