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Ninth-inning double play gets Brewers win

The Milwaukee Brewers have won three straight after beating Toronto 5- 4 last night at Miller Park.

Corey Hart's RBI single in the seventh inning proved to be the difference.

Russell Branyan and Mike Cameron homered, as the Brewers went five games above .500 for the first time since April 23.

Ben Sheets improved to 8-1, striking out five in six innings while giving up two runs on four hits and four walks. Salomon Torres earned his ninth save.

Vernon Wells went 3-5 with a homer for Toronto and Gregg Zaun also went yard.

Former Brewers Lyle Overbay, Matt Stairs, and Kevin Mench went a combined 0-6.

Shaun Marcum, who came in with the American League's best ERA at 2.43 took the loss.

He gave up four runs in six innings, and struck out six.

The Blue Jays have lost four straight.

With another Cubs' loss at Tampa, the Brewers have moved to within 6.5 games of first-place Chicago in the National League Central and they're three behind second-place St. Louis.

Milwaukee will try to sweep the Toronto series this afternoon (Thursday).

Right-hander Dave Bush will face Blue Jays' right-hander A.J. Burnett.

Riske back

David Riske will return to the Brewer bullpen this afternoon.

The team is expected to activate the veteran right-hander off from the disabled list, and make him available for the series finale against Toronto.

Riske has been out since mid-May with shoulder pain and a hyper-extended right elbow.

He struck out the side in a one-inning rehab start Tuesday night at Triple-"A" Nashville.

Once Riske is activated, the Brewers will have to send somebody down to Nashville. It's expected to be a reliever, perhaps Julian Tavarez, Mark DiFelice, or Tim Dillard.

Meanwhile, Brewers' shortstop J.J. Hardy returned to the lineup last night, after missing almost a week with a strained shoulder. Hardy singled and struck out in four at-bats.