Giants-Brewers Preview

The Associated Press

After Milwaukee broke out for its most runs of the season, Kyle Lohse hopes his Brewers teammates have enough offense left over to provide him with some much-needed support.

Looking for another strong outing, Lohse tries to help the Brewers to a third straight victory Wednesday night against the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Lohse (0-1, 2.08 ERA) has pitched well during the first two starts of his Milwaukee career, but has nothing to show for it. The right-hander allowed a run in six innings of a 3-1 loss to Arizona on April 5, then gave up two over seven in a 2-0 defeat against his former team in St. Louis on Friday.

"It's a shame you get those kind of outings and sometimes you just don't score," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke of Lohse, who signed a three-year, $33 million free agent deal on March 25. "But if he keeps throwing like that, we're going to have a nice year with him.''

Lohse's teammates would love to provide him with the kind of support they gave their pitching staff in Tuesday's 10-8 win over San Francisco (9-5). Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam and Carlos Gomez homered for one of his three hits as the Brewers (4-8) used an eight-run third-inning to win two straight for the first time in 2013.

Milwaukee was shut out in consecutive games at St. Louis before Sunday's 4-3, 10-inning win over the Cardinals.

"It sure was nice to see us scoring all those runs,'' Roenicke said. "Another big inning. That seems to be us. We seem to be big innings and not consistent through a game, but I'll certainly take that.''

Gomez is 6 for 9 in the last two games to raise his average from .162 to .261.

Teammate Ryan Braun, however, is mired in a 1-for-17 slump. He's struck out 10 times during that stretch, including four Tuesday. Braun's 1 for 2 with a homer against scheduled San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 7.15).

Though the right-hander has struggled out of the gate, he retired the last 10 batters he faced despite giving up five runs and eight hits in six innings of a 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

"He was out of sync, even said he was having a hard time getting the ball where he wanted,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. "But he got in a good groove there after (allowing four runs in the third inning) and started getting pitches where he wanted and he got in a good rhythm there.''

Vogelsong also has benefited from an offense that's scored 13 runs during his two starts.

He is 2-2 with a 6.18 ERA in six starts against the Brewers, but did not face them last season and has not made a start at Miller Park since 2004 for Pittsburgh.

Pablo Sandoval had four RBIs and Brandon Belt added three hits Tuesday for the Giants, who have two losses in eight games.

Sandoval is batting .361 (13 for 36) with 12 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak. He's 3 for 8 versus Lohse, who is 4-3 with a 4.39 ERA in seven starts against San Francisco.

That included last season's NLCS when Lohse allowed a run in 5 2-3 innings of St. Louis' 3-1 Game 3 victory, but yielded five in two innings of a 9-0 loss in Game 7.