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MIL@SD: Gallardo fans nine over six innings

After a disappointing 2-8 road trip, the Brewers are certainly enjoying their time back at Miller Park.

After sweeping a three-game series from the Rockies this weekend, the Brewers continue a stretch of 15 of 19 games in Milwaukee with a three-game series against the Nationals beginning Monday. Through 13 games of that stretch, the Brewers are 10-3.

A big reason for the Brewers' success at home -- where they have a National League-high .727 home winning percentage -- has, of course, been their offense. Entering Monday's game against Washington, the Brewers are hitting .291 at home. This long home stretch has given the Brewers -- third place in the NL Central -- a chance to make up some ground in the division race, but manager Ron Roenicke said he isn't thinking about that because of the intense day-to-day focus of the clubhouse.

"That's just from experience," Roenicke said. "Every time I was with Anaheim and looked at a stretch and saw the teams coming in, saw where we were and thought, 'Here's a great time to really make a push,' it never worked out. So I've really stopped looking, because every time I do, you don't play well. I don't know why it is.

"So just from the experience of watching it over the years, it never does any good to figure out when you're going to catch up or make that huge run, so I don't. It always leaves you kind of mad."

While the Brewers have a sterling mark at home, the Nationals are only 10-16 on the road, coming to Milwaukee on a two-game losing streak at the hands of Baltimore.

Tom Gorzelanny (2-3, 3.56 ERA) will try to tame the Brewers bats, as the 28-year-old left-hander makes his ninth start of the season. In his last outing, on May 18 against the Mets, Gorzelanny took the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Gorzelanny is 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA in 15 outings (11 starts) in his career against Milwaukee.

Nationals: LaRoche's shoulder getting worse
First baseman Adam LaRoche (left shoulder) didn't play Sunday, and said prior to the game he expected to get a second opinion on the shoulder on Monday. During Spring Training, LaRoche was diagnosed with a torn labrum. He is hitting only .172 with three home runs and 15 RBIs, and said at some point he might have to take himself out of the lineup if he feels he's hurting the team.

"At some point, I have to weigh it to myself and say, 'Am I doing more harm than good if I'm not right at the plate?' If it's mechanics or a slump, I know I can handle it, because I know I can come out of it," LaRoche said. "But when I go this long and have the same results ... I'm not helping us like I should be, offensively.

Brewers: Yo goes for fourth straight win
After five straight poor starts in April and early May, 25-year-old right-hander Yovani Gallardo (5-2, 4.70) is finally pitching as expected, bringing a personal three-game winning streak to the mound on Monday. In his last outing, on May 18 against San Diego, Gallardo allowed two runs on five hits in six innings while striking out a season-high nine batters. He is 2-1 with a 4.62 ERA in five games (four starts) against the Nationals in his career.

Gallardo will be looking to continue an impressive 15-game stretch for Milwaukee starters, who are 10-2 with a 3.19 ERA in that span with 10 quality starts.

Worth noting
• Although the Brewers managed only two hits in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Rockies, Mark Kotsay's double continued the club's streak of 19 straight games with a two-bagger.

• Although Gorzelanny has held Prince Fielder in check throughout his career (6-for-30 with seven strikeouts), the lefty has had no such luck with Milwaukee's other star. Ryan Braun is hitting .476 (10-for-21) with three homers and nine RBIs against Gorzelanny in his career. Braun has also drawn seven walks against him. Only Albert Pujols (eight) has drawn more walks against Gorzelanny.

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