Looking to extend his own run, Gallardo will try to tie the major league lead with his eighth win as Milwaukee continues a four-game set with the Marlins on Saturday night in Miami.
After a career-high 14 wins last year, Gallardo got off to a rough start by going 2-2 with a 6.10 ERA. But beginning May 7 when he limited St. Louis to one hit through eight innings, Gallardo has won five consecutive starts with a 1.29 ERA.
On Sunday, the right-hander retired 14 straight at one point and held San Francisco to four hits over eight innings in a 6-0 win.
“It was just me focused on making pitches,” said Gallardo, who will try to join Pittsburgh’s Kevin Correia(notes) with eight wins. Fellow seven-game winners Jair Jurrjens(notes) of Atlanta and the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse(notes) are also scheduled to start Saturday.
Gallardo (7-2, 3.89) won his only career start at Sun Life Stadium last season and is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in three games versus the Marlins.
He will try to help the Brewers (31-26) post back-to-back wins in south Florida for the first time since April 10-11, 2007. Ryan Braun’s(notes) first career pinch homer, a two-run shot off Leo Nunez(notes) in the ninth, gave Milwaukee a 6-5 win Friday.
Braun, a collegiate star at Miami, was held from the starting lineup with a sore shoulder. He leads the team with 13 homers.
“Probably the first time ever in my career I’ve gotten an at-bat without swinging at all,” he said. “No batting practice, no flips in the cages, no tee, no nothing. Just kind of went up there, simplified the game, saw the ball, hit the ball.”
“It hurts because we had our right guys on the mound and the guys battled back to get the lead and then we relied on those guys to close the game,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said.
The Marlins (31-24) will now try to avoid a season high-tying third straight loss and fifth in six games. They will go with Chris Volstad(notes) (2-4, 5.91), who hasn’t won in five weeks and is looking to bounce back from his shortest outing of 2011.
The right-hander lasted 3 1-3 innings against Arizona on Monday, allowing five runs and eight hits in a 15-4 loss.
Both of Volstad’s wins came in April at home, but he’s since gone 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA there.
Volstad is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two career starts versus the Brewers. He didn’t receive a decision against them June 2, 2010, in Florida after yielding a run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-4 loss.
Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder(notes) drove in two Friday with his 12th homer. He’s hitting .361 with four homers and eight RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak in Miami, and has two singles in six at-bats against Volstad.