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STL@SF: Bumgarner hurls 7 1/3 solid innings vs. Cards

Even before the Brewers broke out of their offensive slump to score 16 runs at home Sunday against the Twins, manager Ron Roenicke was remaining confident, despite his club losing six of their previous seven.

He wasn't ready to hit the panic button yet, but knew the team had to find a way out of its struggles.

"The way we're playing, I can't even think about it that way," Roenicke said. "We need to figure things out, and I don't care who we're playing, I don't care whether we're home or road.

"It used to be, last year, we worried about the road. I'm worried about home now. I just want to figure out what we need to do to get this right, and make sure guys are still feeling good about themselves and as a team."

Well, if the Brewers were feeling good before the game Sunday, they certainly are feeling even better after establishing a season high in runs to avoid a sweep and snap a four-game losing streak. Milwaukee will try to continue its momentum on Monday when the Giants stroll into Miller Park.

Left-hander Randy Wolf will take his 6.38 ERA to the mound and attempt to bounce back from a poor showing last Wednesday in Houston. Wolf lasted just four innings while allowing seven runs, six earned, in an 8-3 loss.

The good news for the veteran is that in 21 career starts against the Giants, Wolf is 9-7 with a 2.99 ERA.

For San Francisco, it'll be Madison Bumgarner on the mound. In his last start, Bumgarner took his second straight loss against St. Louis, after being touched up for four runs in 7 1/3 innings.

The 22-year-old has squared off against the Brewers four times in his career, going 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA.

"I'm always trying to get better," Bumgarner said. "It's whatever you gotta do to make pitches. Whatever gives you the best chance of making pitches and not making mistakes. Just going up there, focus, and having a purpose with everything I'm doing.

"Everything's been good at times. Last couple of games, I've got hurt on some breaking balls hanging over the plate. I still feel confident. You're gonna miss sometimes, but if you can locate and put the ball where you want to, you're gonna be successful."

Giants: Sandoval, Theriot on the mend

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval and second baseman Ryan Theriot are healing well enough that they're set to head to Scottsdale, Ariz., for extended Spring Training as the club hits the road for seven games, beginning Monday in Milwaukee.

Sandoval went on the 15-day disabled list May 3 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand and underwent surgery the next day.

"He'll work out there during the road trip," manager Bruce Bochy said of Sandoval. "He's a couple of weeks away. He started some baseball activities, swinging the bat a little bit."

Theriot went on the 15-day DL on May 11 with a right elbow strain. He was having a particularly tough month and was batting .179 in 56 at-bats for the season.

"Theriot is going to Arizona for a couple of days to try to get him some at-bats," Bochy said. "Hopefully he gets his timing at the plate before we reactivate him."

Brewers: Hart possibly moving to first

Manager Ron Roenicke and other club officials continued to discuss Sunday whether right fielder Corey Hart could be a permanent replacement at first base for the injured Mat Gamel, out for the season with an ACL tear.

Hart was drafted as a first baseman, but has not played there regularly since 2002, and before a two-inning stint last week in New York, had not played there at all since 2006.

"We've had the conversations. [Hart] is OK if we do it," Roenicke said. "I don't know if [we're] ready to do that for sure. You look at it both ways: Maybe we're a little better defensively if we do that, but not necessarily offensively. So, what do we need more of?"

The potential move would bounce Travis Ishikawa back to a reserve role. Ishikawa has been the primary first baseman since Gamel's injury and is considered a plus-defender.

Worth noting

• Angel Pagan has hit safely in each of his last 11 games and in 31 of his last 32 contests

• Ryan Braun leads the National League with 10 home runs since April 21.

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