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PHOENIX (AP) -- Despite a dismal road record, the Milwaukee Brewers are doing their best to prove they can play well away from home.
The Brewers look to build on a blowout victory when they continue a four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
One night after being held to three hits in a 3-0 loss at Arizona, Milwaukee (52-46) hit three of its season-high five homers in the first inning of Tuesday's 11-3 win.
Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt homered twice and drove in a season-high four runs while Ryan Braun added a two-run shot in his return after missing 10 of the previous 13 games with nagging left calf and hamstring injuries. Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks also homered.
"One of those days when everything worked out," said Hart, who is 4 for 24 but has three homers and five RBIs on this trip. "Hopefully it can show us we can do this on the road."
Milwaukee, one-half game behind surprising leader Pittsburgh in the NL Central, is 19-32 on the road but has won three of four to improve to 3-3 on an 11-game trip. The Brewers came into Tuesday's contest averaging 3.5 runs away from home, but scored five times in the first inning en route to posting a season high in runs on the road.
Despite Monday's poor offensive performance, the Brewers have averaged 6.6 runs while winning 12 of 16 at Chase Field.
Braun, who played 4 1/2 innings Tuesday, is 10 for 29 with three home runs and 10 RBIs his last seven road games against the Diamondbacks - all Milwaukee wins.
"There's not that many great hitters in the game," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who hopes to ease Braun back into the mix. "There's certainly a lot of good hitters but he's clearly one of the great ones."
After going 0 for 3 on Monday, Casey McGehee added three hits and is 14 for 30 with 12 RBIs in eight career games at Chase Field. Betancourt, meanwhile, is 6 for 15 since the All-Star break.
The Brewers look for another big night against Joe Saunders (6-8, 3.89 ERA), who gave up six runs - including a grand slam to Braun and a solo shot to McGehee - in 5 2-3 innings of a 12-2 loss to Milwaukee while with the Angels on June 14, 2010.
The left-hander was 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA in his previous four starts before he allowed four runs and two homers in six innings of a 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.
All-Star Justin Upton had two hits with an RBI and Brandon Allen hit a towering homer Tuesday for the Diamondbacks (52-45), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
"We got a game (Wednesday), we will be fine," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Let's keep it in perspective, we've been playing pretty damn good."
Allen's two hits in seven at-bats since being called up from the minors Thursday both left the park.
Upton is just 2 for 22 in his last six games and 2 for 7 versus scheduled Milwaukee starter Chris Narveson (6-6, 4.74).
The left-hander suffered his first defeat in four starts when he gave up three runs in six innings of a 4-0 loss at Colorado on Friday. Narveson is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA in two career starts at Chase Field.