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Sabathia gets 7th win, but Brewers lose ground to Cubs; Branyan on DL

C.C. Sabathia is now 7-0 with the Milwaukee Brewers after a 7-1 victory at San Diego Wednesday night.

Sabathia gave up nine hits in seven innings, striking out eight. He surrendered his only run in the fourth on a single by Nick Hundley and his ERA is now just 1.55 since being traded from Cleveland a little over a month ago.

The Brewer offense scored three runs in the second inning and four in the fifth to put this one away.

Prince Fielder homered for the second straight night and he walked twice. Corey Hart singled, tripled twice and drove in three runs.

Josh Banks lost his first start since July 6, giving up seven runs on five hits and six walks in four-and-a-third innings. He's now 3-5.

Sabathia is now 10-0 in his last 13 starts and the Brewers have now won eight straight games for the second time this year, but they still lost a half-game on the Chicago Cubs, who swept a double-header at Atlanta.

Milwaukee is now 3.5 games the front-running Cubs in the National League Central and they're still four games up on St. Louis for the National League Wild Card.

The Brewers will try to sweep their Padre series this (Thursday) afternoon. Right-hander Ben Sheets faces San Diego right-hander Jake Peavy.

Branyan's status

Brewers' third baseman Russell Branyan strained his right oblique muscle during batting practice on Tuesday and that's why the team put him on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.

The Brewers never said what happened before putting Branyan on the disabled list.

Brewers' Manager Ned Yost said the oblique muscle popped during a swing. He said the injury would take time to heal and he's not sure when Branyan might return.

Outfielder Laynce Nix was called up from Triple-"A" Nashville to take the open roster spot. He was Nashville's hottest hitter from the left side of the plate, batting .284 with 23 homers and 60 RBI's.

In his last 20 games, Nix hit .364 with 15 extra base hits. Nix also gives the Brewers more outfield help while Ryan Braun recovers from injured muscles near his rib cage.

Braun says he's feeling significantly better and if it were the playoffs, Yost says he'd be in the line-up.