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COL@SD: Richard blanks Rockies over six strong frames

Back on April 13, it would have been hard to imagine the Brewers winning nine straight games.

The team had just lost, 8-0, to the Cardinals to begin the season with an abysmal 2-8 record.

However, for as bad as that stretch was, everything has quickly turned in their favor.

After a 7-1 win against the Padres on Monday night, the team has now won eight straight games, outscoring opponents 39-23. Come Tuesday against the Padres at Petco Park, the Brewers will go for their ninth straight win.

"The pitching, definitely the pitching. A couple guys in the lineup are also starting to do better," center fielder Carlos Gomez said. "We have like five guys hitting the ball well in the lineup, and we're producing more. The bullpen, too, in the last week [has been] awesome."

Yovani Gallardo will be on the hill for the Brewers, ready to build off of his first win of the season. Tossing his first quality start on Thursday against the Giants, the right-hander allowed just one run on five hits in six innings.

Meanwhile, Clayton Richard returns to the Padres' rotation after being scratched from his start on Saturday due to flu-like symptoms.

"He's feeling better. He'll be ready to go," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I think he's looking forward to it. He had a rough couple of nights in San Francisco, but he feels as though he's on the comeback trail. His stomach feels better."

In his last outing on April 14 against the Rockies, Richard tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits for the no decision.

Brewers: Gomez wins NL Player of the Week
• Center fielder Carlos Gomez was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday after leading the league in hitting over six games last week.

Gomez, 27, hit .500 (9-for-18) while also leading the big leagues with a .944 slugging percentage. He tied for third in the NL with 17 total bases and tied for fourth with a .526 on-base percentage.

The award is the third career Player of the Week honor for Gomez, who won most recently in July of last year. He also earned the recognition in September 2008 while with the Twins.

Padres: Maybin still uncertain about injury
• While center fielder Cameron Maybin has received a cortisone injection and is wearing a splint to protect his sore right wrist, he's still uncertain on how the recovery process is going.

The 25-year-old is waiting to see how the wrist responds to the injection and has only worked out his legs since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 17.

"As of right now, I don't know," Maybin said. "I've been in this splint for three days, so I can't really say where I'm at. I've just been working out the lower body. We kind of don't know what we've got yet, and we'll just play it by ear."

The wrist has bothered Maybin over the last two seasons and this year in Spring Training. He was batting .091 in 33 at-bats this year before going on the DL.

• Outfielder Carlos Quentin will return from his eight-game suspension for charging Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke on April 11.

Worth Noting
• Opponents are hitting .337 (31-for-92) against Gallardo this season.

• Padres starter Cory Luebke played catch again on Monday as he recovers from reconstructive elbow surgery. The left-hander, who had the surgery last May, began throwing earlier this month and will continue the throwing program with no certain timetable for his return.

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