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COL@MIL: Gallardo strikes out eight in seven strong

Yovani Gallardo got the Brewers' rotation rolling on Tuesday, and now it's his turn to keep the line moving.

Gallardo's six-inning quality outing and victory in his last start against the Reds kicked off Milwaukee's first truly solid turn through the full starting rotation, which has produced five straight quality starts with a 1.36 ERA (33 IP, 5 ER) while holding opponents to a .158 average (18-for-114).

Gallardo can extend that streak against the Mets and right-hander Miguel Batista at Citi Field on Monday night.

"I really like where they are right now, and Rick [Kranitz, the pitching coach] really likes it," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It isn't just the results, it's also what we see. The rhythm is better, the confidence is better, we're throwing more strikes."

Before the most recent turn through the rotation, Brewers starters had allowed 92 earned runs in 164 innings, resulting in a 5.04 ERA. While Roenicke has never publicly put all the pressure on his pitching staff to carry the battered Brewers, there's no doubt they need to be more reliable after losing Prince Fielder to free agency, then his replacement, Mat Gamel, and shortstop Alex Gonzalez to season-ending injuries.

"Unless you mash the ball and you're scoring six, eight runs every game, you'd better have a good pitching staff if you're going to win," Roenicke said. "Our offense, we're going to score runs. But I feel like unless you have a team like the Texas Rangers, you'd better really pitch."

While the Brewers' rotation has been rolling, Batista is still looking to find his groove.

In his first start as a member of the Mets' rotation on Tuesday, Batista gave up four runs over his first two innings, though he settled in and pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and two walks and recording a strikeout against the Phillies. Manager Terry Collins guaranteed him this start after that outing, and the Mets are going to give Batista a long look as a starter.

Brewers: Gomez set to begin rehab work
• Outfielder Carlos Gomez (strained left hamstring) will join Class A Wisconsin on Monday for workouts, then start his rehab assignment on Wednesday. He should play four games there before rejoining the Brewers on May 20, the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list.

"I feel really good," Gomez said. "Throwing is fine, hitting is normal. The only thing to do is run. ... By 15 days, I'm going to be 100 percent."

• Second baseman Rickie Weeks (bruised left hand) missed a second straight start on Sunday, and Roenicke said Weeks likely won't be able to play until the swelling in his hand "goes down quite a bit," adding that he didn't know if Weeks would be ready for Monday's game.

Mets: Regulars due for days off
• Collins plans to give David Wright, Daniel Murphy and his other everyday players days off during the Mets' current stretch of 20 games in 20 days. Collins said he will give all his starters at least one day to rest during that time, and that will likely begin this week at home.

• Shortstop Ruben Tejada (strained right quad) is receiving treatment in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but has yet to begin baseball activities. He is eligible to come off the DL on May 22.

• Outfielder Jason Bay (fractured left rib) will be re-examined this week at Citi Field. He has been limited to riding a stationary bike since hitting the DL on April 24.

Worth noting
• Gallardo has a 22.24 ERA in two starts against St. Louis and a 2.45 ERA in his other five starts.

• The Brewers are 0-3 against the National League East this season. They were swept in Atlanta during their series April 13-15.

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