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WSH@SD: Volquez fans seven over seven dominant frames

After powering his way to three home runs, a triple and six RBIs on Monday, Ryan Braun has momentum entering Tuesday's game against the Padres. But it never hurts to have more optimism.

And Braun has reason to be more excited Tuesday, as the Brewers face right-hander Edinson Volquez. Braun is 7-for-19 (.368) in his career against the former Reds hurler.

With a starting rotation sporting the worst ERA in the National League, the Brewers could use another offensive outburst from their star player.

"I have [been surprised], just because I have so much confidence in our pitchers," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Anytime they don't pitch really well, I'm surprised. I really like what they can do, and I really feel they're going to do what we think. It's just, we want it to start pretty soon. They're good. They'll get it together."

But it might not be so easy for the Brewers to put runs on the board against Volquez. Despite a disappointing start to the season, the righty had his best start of the year his last time out, going seven innings and allowing one run and one walk, both season lows.

Brewers: Marcum gets the nod
• Shaun Marcum (1-1, 4.13 ERA) will get the start for Milwaukee on Tuesday. The righty has thrown three quality starts in four outings, but the Brewers are just 1-3 when he takes the mound.

• After Monday's 8-3 win over the Padres, the Brewers have now won 52 straight games when leading after seven innings.

Padres: Petco problems
• At 5-10, the Padres own the worst home record in the NL. They'll try to improve on that number, as well as their 0-3 mark on Tuesdays, when they face Milwaukee in the second game of a three-game series.

Worth noting
• Along with Braun, Volquez has had trouble against other Brewers batters in his career. Aramis Ramirez is 5-for-16 against the righty, and Rickie Weeks is 6-for-10 with two home runs. Comments