Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/25/13
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Carlos Gomez was back to being his usual disruptive self Wednesday night. The Milwaukee Brewers centerfielder slowed by multiple nagging injuries and in the throes of a 3-for-42 slump coming in broke out with a 4-for-4 performance to spark a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Miller Park. Gomez doubled in his first two trips to the plate the second with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in the third inning. He also singled twice and stole a base as Milwaukee finally showed signs of life while beating San Diego for the first time in the teams' four-game series. "It feels good when you do something to win a game like what happened today" said Gomez who raised his average from .289 to .297 while notching his fourth four-hit game of the season. "Personally it's no big change between (0 for 4 Tuesday) and today. But I got lucky today when I got two infield hits. That's why baseball is so tough. It takes me (42) at-bats and I get three hits. Today I go 4 for 4. Every day is another day." San Diego grabbed the lead to start when Nick Hundley hit his second home run in as many days a solo shot off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse in the third inning. Milwaukee answered with two in the bottom of the third with a reconfigured top of the lineup doing the damage. Rickie Weeks moved back into the leadoff spot prior to the game singled off Padres starter Sean O'Sullivan. Norichika Aoki who slid down a spot to second in the lineup followed with another. After Jean Segura struck out Jonathan Lucroy walked to load the bases for Gomez. Gomez then lined a two-run double to straightaway center to score Weeks and Aoki and give the Brewers a 2-1 lead. "It looks like he's really on pitches" manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's staying down. When he's swinging like that he's on his game." It was a rare big hit in the series for the Brewers and a big moment for Gomez who's been dealing with jammed thumbs a sore wrist and a sore elbow and a sore shoulder. As he spoke each area was red from being iced. "It's continued to get worse and worse and I've lost a little confidence at the plate because I'm afraid to hit the ball" Gomez said. "You guys know I'm aggressive on the first pitch but the last couple weeks I haven't been swinging at the first pitch because I'm afraid to make contact with the ball. But I take those two days off I get a little better — I took no swings. Today if you noticed I hit the ball hard like I used to and it gave me a little more confidence to come back tomorrow and try to find a way to get another win." Given that lead Lohse went on to allow just two baserunners over the next four innings — a double to Jesus Guzman in the fifth and a single to Will Venable in the seventh — before closing out his night. Lohse threw a season-high 112 pitches over those seven innings allowing five hits while striking out six as he finally evened his record at 7-7. He also posted his team-leading 13th quality start. "The last 10 11 starts things have been clicking" Lohse said. "I felt like I came out of the gates pretty good and we just had a hard time. I had that rough May but everything else has been pretty solid I've felt like for myself. "Every time I'm out there I'm trying to do everything I can to get us a win."
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