HOUSTON -- Yovani Gallardo's quality start Friday and solid relief help from Kameron Loe and Livan Hernandez, who combined for three innings of shutout ball, offered an opportunity for a recently maligned bullpen to get some much needed rest.
"That was very important," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It gives [Francisco Rodriguez] and [John Axford] the two days in a row [off] and I think that's important. [Manny] Parra, we weren't sure if we were going to pitch him. He had three in a row. So that's a good outing to let those guys breathe a little more."
Gallardo improved to 7-6 with Friday's 7-1 win and praised the efforts of the entire bullpen and not only Loe, who worked a perfect seventh inning Friday with one strikeout, and Hernandez, who followed Loe to the mound, retiring the first five batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings.
"We've got a bunch of great guys back there," Gallardo said.
The bullpen previously squandered leads while allowing 10 runs on Tuesday and two runs on Wednesday.
"I don't think anybody wants to go out there and have a bad day," Gallardo said. "But it's going to happen throughout the season. But the group of guys we have back there, they just come back out there every day. They come every day prepared. They want to pitch. They want to be in that close ballgame and make pitches."
Post-break rotation still uncertain
HOUSTON -- With Shaun Marcum's injury and trade rumors swirling around Saturday's starter, Zack Greinke, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke remains uncertain about his pitching rotation after the All-Star break, though the Brewers announced on Sunday that Greinke would start the first game after the break on Friday.
"We've talked about it with the staff," Roenicke said. "We're still working on it."
Marcum was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 23, retroactive to June 15, with right elbow tightness.
"In the next 10 days, I don't think he's going to be ready to be a starter," Roenicke said. "So we're just planning on him not being there for a little bit. The nice thing is [Mike] Fiers slipped in there and is pitching great. [Marco] Estrada slipped in there and he's pitching great.
"So, we need to get Shaun healthy. Instead of pushing him to come back, we really need to get him healthy and when he comes back to have that same really good pitcher as when he went out."
Roenicke looking forward to All-Star Game
HOUSTON -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will be in Kansas City for the All-Star Game. He will be part of a staff chosen by former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa that also includes current New York Mets manager Terry Collins.
"It'll be good," Roenicke said. "The All-Star Game, it's always a good thing to go to."
But it'll be more of a fun trip than a working one.
"Sometimes, you meet some players that end up playing for you down the road. So that's good, plus there are a lot of players that I've [managed] that I enjoy seeing. So that will be nice," said Roenicke, who doesn't believe he'll have much of a role on the National League All-Star team.
"I have no idea," he said. "I don't think it will be very much. I think that it's always been a tradition where you invite a couple of managers there and they're just kind of there.
"Maybe during the game, you just kind of throw something at them and see what they think. But I don't think there's a big role. And that's fine with me."
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.