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Brewers beat Lincecum, Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs, pitcher Manny Parra had an RBI single en route to winning his eighth consecutive decision and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a season sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 7-4 victory Sunday.

Corey Hart added a solo shot for the Brewers, who took all six meetings with the Giants this year and are off to a nice start after the All-Star break -- seemingly poised to challenge the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in what is shaping up to be an entertaining NL Central race.

The Brewers won for the fifth time in six road games, but not without a scare in the ninth, when Jose Castillo hit a two-run double off Brian Shouse. Manager Ned Yost turned to closer Salomon Torres, who recorded the final out for his 17th save in 20 chances.

Tim Lincecum (11-3) struck out eight in his first start since missing last Tuesday's All-Star game and being hospitalized in New York with the flu and dehydration. Parra (9-2), the Brewers' minor league pitcher of the year in 2007, struck out a career-high nine batters and pitched 7º innings for his longest career outing. He hasn't lost since May 3, a span of 14 starts.

The Giants are a majors-worst 17-30 at home, having won only four times in the last 18 games in their waterfront ballpark.

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