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Brewers beat Braves, gain ground


Today, it's back to one under .500 and five games out in the Wild Card chase for the Milwaukee Brewers.  Returning to Miller Park after taking two of three in St. Louis, the Brewers welcomed another team in front of them in the playoff race, the Atlanta Braves for a three game series and the captured game one 4-1..   The opener featured terrific starting pitching both ways.  Milwaukee managed only two hits off Mike Minor through six innings but made him work, driving up his pitch count.  Willy Peralta allowed only one run in his six innings to keep the Brewers close.  In the 7th, Milwaukee scored all four of their runs.  Johnny Ventors allowed a single and a walk and when Jeff Bianchi bunted, Ventors threw wildly to third which allowed the tying run to score.  Norichika Aoki came through again with a two run double followed by a Carlos Gomez sacrifice fly.   Jose Veras picked up the win in relief and John Axford finished it off for his 28th save.   Milwaukee (70-71) is back within five games of a Wild Card spot and they'll throw Marco Estrada against Tim Hudson in game two of the series Tuesday night.

Corey Hart was scratched from the lineup Monday because of a strained arch in his foot.  The Brewers list him as day to day.   Monday was the 40th come from behind this year for the Brewers, the most in the major leagues.