MILWAUKEE (AP) — Braves left-hander Paul Maholm has seen enough of the Milwaukee Brewers for one season.
After holding the Brewers scoreless through four innings, Milwaukee rocked Maholm for eight runs — six earned — in the fifth before he was removed after recording only a single out in the frame.
Rickie Weeks blasted a three-run home run and Travis Ishikawa hit a bases-clearing double in Milwaukee's eight-run fifth inning, and the Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Wednesday night.
Maholm entered the game 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA in two prior starts against the Brewers this season.
"I can't say I like this place. I'm kind of glad to be out of here and not coming back this year. They've got a good lineup. Obviously, they know me and I know them," Maholm said. "They're pitching well, playing well and taking advantage of situations. They're doing everything they can to fight and get back in the playoffs."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke struggled to explain the Brewers' success this season, and in this game, against Maholm.
"We didn't do much until that (fifth) inning. Why we didn't do anything and all of a sudden we bust out, I don't really know," he said.
Weeks connected for his 18th home run of the season to spark the fifth-inning outburst, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead.
The victory was the Brewers' ninth in a row at Miller Park and 18th in the past 23 games overall. Milwaukee (72-71) climbed above .500 for the first time since it was 4-3 on April 12.
The Brewers moved within three games of St. Louis for the second NL wild card. Despite the loss, the Braves continue to have a strong hold on the top wild card position.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo also connected for a run-scoring double in the game-turning inning, during which the Brewers sent 13 batters to the plate while collecting eight hits and two walks. Milwaukee trailed 2-0 entering the frame.
Gallardo (15-8) pitched seven strong innings in his majors-leading 24th quality start of the season. He gave up two runs on only four hits while walking three and striking out six.
Relievers Jose Veras and Kameron Loe combined to shut out the Braves over the final two innings.
Jason Heyward got the Braves on the board in the first inning when he hit a two-out, solo home run. The Braves added a run in the fourth.