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MIL@STL: Narveson battles the Cards for six innings

Something had to give in this series. The Brewers have struggled on the road, while the Padres' home woes have made PETCO Park anything but a home-field advantage.

The Brewers enter Thursday's action with an 8-16 road record, after winning the series opener, 5-2, and dropping the Padres to 7-15 at home.

Neither club is particularly pleased with the way the season has played out in the respective environments, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke isn't going to make a big deal out of his team's road record, or even a single victory away from Miller Park.

"I don't see anything yet," Roenicke said. "If we go three months into it and we're still doing the same thing, I'll probably think about it a lot more."

Roenicke acknowledged the offensive-minded Brewers enjoy an advantage in their hitter-friendly home park, yet the skipper believes the productivity will eventually balance out.

"Our ballpark is a great hitting park -- it's that mental feeling that you go up to the plate with, knowing you just have to square up the ball," Roenicke said.

It will be up to the Brewers' Chris Narveson (2-3, 4.00 ERA) to continue the Padres' home offensive struggles. Narveson snapped a three-start losing streak his last time out, limiting the Pirates to one earned run over six innings.

Padres manager Bud Black knows his team -- which is hitting a league-worst .206 at home -- will need to support Aaron Harang (5-2, 5.05 ERA). The Padres' explosion during their recent 8-game road trip resulted in a 21-point increase in the team batting average, from .215 to .236.

"We're seeing more productivity from a number of guys," Black said. "It's good to see the bats come alive and good to see guys raise their average and drive in runs. We're starting to swing the bats better."

The support would certainly help Harang, who gave up seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his outing on May 14 at Colorado. Harang, who tossed four consecutive quality starts and posted a 1.88 ERA to begin the season, has allowed 21 earned runs over his past 22 1/3 innings.

Brewers: Road woes
Milwaukee put together a solid offensive effort on Wednesday night, going 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position to win their fourth road game in 13 tries. However, one night does not completely wash out the Brewers' recent struggles. In their past 13 road games, they are hitting .191 (79-for-413) overall and just .129 (12-for-93) with RISP. To compare, the Brewers hit .319 in their past 12 home games and .285 with RISP at home during that span.

Padres: Hawpe hot, Maybin set to return
Brad Hawpe got off to a miserable start in April, hitting .161 during the first month of the season. Lately, his batting average has spiked. Since April 25, Hawpe is hitting .352 (24-for-68) with both of his two home runs, eight RBIs and 12 runs.

Cameron Maybin should return to the lineup on Thursday after battling patella tendinitis in his right knee.

"I've been doing treatment the last few days on it, just kind of staying aggressive with the treatment, to hopefully get it a lot better before it gets a lot worse," Maybin said.

Worth noting:
• The Padres hit .319 (94-for-295) with 55 runs scored, seven home runs and 16 doubles during their eight-game road trip. By hitting .388 with RISP during the trip, the Padres raised their season average in those situations from .181 to .230.

• Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett's franchise-record streak of nine consecutive games with an RBI was snapped in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Brewers. He was 2-for-4 in the game.

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