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RF Norichika Aoki singled, was hit by a pitch and scored twice in the Brewers' 3-1 victory Wednesday against the Padres. Since July 1, Aoki is hitting .333 (26-for-78) with two walks, two doubles, five RBIs and eight runs scored and has reached base safely in 16 of 18 games this month.

RHP Jim Henderson worked around a two-out walk Wednesday to record his 11th save of the season and his first since June 21. Henderson returned to the closer's role after the Brewers traded Francisco Rodriguez to the Orioles on Tuesday for a minor league third baseman. Henderson took over for John Axford earlier in the season and converted his first nine save opportunities before suffering a hamstring injury that opened the door for Rodriguez. In all, Henderson is 3-3 with a 2.15 ERS in 39 appearances this season.

RHP Donovan Hand expects to make his next start despite after getting hit in the right hand Tuesday by a Tyson Ross fastball. Hand said he went through his usual day-after routine without any problems and should be ready to go Sunday in Colorado.

RHP Kyle Lohse evened his record for the first time this season after giving up just one run in seven innings as the Brewers beat the Padres, 3-1, Wednesday in Milwaukee. He struck out seven Wednesday while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Lohse has won four of his last five decisions and is 6-1 with a 2.49 ERA in his last 11 starts after beginning the season 1-6 with a 4.32 ERA.

RHP Yovani Gallardo returns to the mound Thursday, looking for third consecutive victory. Gallardo evened his record to 8-8 on the season after holding the Marlins scoreless through 6 1/3 innings last Saturday at Miller Park. He's 4-2 with a 4.17 ERA in seven career starts against the Padres, including a victory earlier this season when he allowed three runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings at Petco Park April 23.

CF Carlos Gomez snapped out of a lengthy slump with a 4-for-4 performance Wednesday in the Brewers' 3-1 victory over the Padres in Milwaukee. Gomez came into the game with just three hits -- two of them home runs -- in his previous 42 at-bats but doubled his first two times up and finished with two RBI. Gomez was hitting .319 after going 4-for-5 against the Mets July 5 but the slump dropped his average to .289 heading into Wednesday's game.

RHP Alfredo Figaro was activated from the 15-day disabled list, filling the roster spot left open when RHP Francisco Rodriguez was traded Tuesday to Baltimore. Figaro was out for a month due to a strained right oblique.

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