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MIL@CHC: Wolf fans seven in seven scoreless frames

For the Brewers, the difference between home and away has typically been night and day. At Miller Park, the Brewers are one of the best teams in the Majors at 29-12.

However, home didn't cure the Brewers' ills on Monday, as the club dropped the first game of its series with the D-backs after leading by five runs.

"We're back home, so hopefully that does it and we'll try to figure some things out when we go back out on the road again," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, whose club went 1-5 on its last road trip.

Things were going swell for the Brewers, who were leading in the fifth, 6-1, thanks to a grand slam from starter Shaun Marcum.

But D-backs pinch-hitter Wily Mo Pena helped start the Arizona comeback by smacking a solo shot, his fifth of the year. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said he was unsure if Pena would get a start in left field this week over Gerardo Parra, who went 2-for-5 with a strikeout Monday.

"We'll see, I don't know," Gibson said. "I kind of value my defense. I don't think we've played exceptionally well in a lot of aspects of our game, so you want to defend as good as you can and Parra is very good out there."

No matter whom Gibson gives the nod to on Tuesday, he will have to deal with Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf, who is looking to rebound after picking up his first loss since May 17 in his last against the Yankees.

Opposing Wolf will be southpaw Zach Duke, who is looking for a comeback of his own, having gone 1-3 since returning from the disabled list with a broken hand.

D-backs: Kennedy still eligible for All-Star nod
Right-hander Ian Kennedy is one of five National League players who can be voted into the All-Star Game with the Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

Fans have until 1 p.m. PT on Thursday to log onto and vote. Kennedy has compiled a record of 8-3 this season with a 3.38 ERA.

Brewers: Braun could return Tuesday
Ryan Braun (left calf strain) missed his second straight start on Monday, but the slugger could make his return Tuesday against Arizona.

Braun said his calf "felt OK" while walking around the clubhouse Monday, and Roenicke said he hopes Braun will start Tuesday. If not, the skipper thinks Braun could potentially contribute off the bench.

• After being left off the starting lineup Sunday, third baseman Casey McGehee returned to the hot corner Monday against the D-backs. Mat Gamel, who filled in for McGehee on Sunday, remained on the roster to give the Brewers another option at third. McGehee went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs.

Worth Noting
• If Braun plays Tuesday, he has the potential to extend his 22-game hit streak. Comments