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MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun had three hits and Jimmy Nelson struck out six as the Milwaukee Brewers posted consecutive victories for the first time in two weeks, defeating the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 Monday night at Miller Park.Braun continued his ear...

MILWAUKEE - Ryan Braun had three hits and Jimmy Nelson struck out six as the Milwaukee Brewers posted consecutive victories for the first time in two weeks, defeating the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 Monday night at Miller Park.
Braun continued his early-season tear, posting his second consecutive three-hit game to raise his average to .372 on the year, while the Brewers combined for 14 hits in all.
Eleven came at the expense of Angels starter Jered Weaver (3-1), who was tagged for seven runs with two walks and three strikeouts in five-plus innings of work.
Nelson (4-2) recorded his fourth quality start of the season, lasting six innings while scattering two runs on four hits and three walks - and also went 2-for-3 at the plate with the go-ahead RBI in the fifth inning.
Nelson gave up a solo home run in the sixth, to Mike Trout, who also singled and scored in the eighth then drove in a run with a single in the ninth. He was the only Angels player with multiple hits, finishing the night 4-for-5.
The Angels mounted a comeback against the Brewers bullpen and added one more in the ninth while loading the bases with two outs against Jeremy Jeffress.
But the Brewers closer got Ji-Man Choi to ground out to short, ending it for Milwaukee.

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