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Braun, Wolf lead Brewers past Braves, 9-3
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Milwaukee Brewers' Alcides Escobar (21) steals third base as Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (10) handles the late throw in the fourth inning Friday in Atlanta. - photo by Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Braun's two-run homer helped give Milwaukee an early lead, Randy Wolf earned his first win over Atlanta in seven years and the Brewers beat the Braves 9-3 on Friday night.

Wolf (7-8) allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings for his first win over the Braves since Sept. 9, 2003, also at Turner Field. Wolf improved to 5-12 in his career against Atlanta.

Wolf outlasted Tommy Hanson (8-6), who gave up six hits and four runs, three earned, in five innings.

Atlanta's Chipper Jones sustained a mild left hamstring strain on a seventh-inning swing. He grabbed the back of his leg after the swing and left the game after hitting a popup with the bases loaded to Rickie Weeks at second base. Jones is day to day.

Prince Fielder's two-run double in the Brewers' three-run eighth padded the lead. The Brewers had 16 hits, including five off Kenshin Kawakami in the eighth.

Casey McGehee had three hits, including a run-scoring single in the eighth.

The Braves began the night five games ahead of the second-place Mets in the NL East.

Alcides Escobar drove in McGehee with a single in the second. Wolf added a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

After Corey Hart led off the third with a single, Braun's line-drive homer to center field pushed the lead to 4-0.

The Brewers added two runs in the sixth off Kris Medlen. Manager Bobby Cox said before the game Medlen still is the Braves' No. 5 starter, but an off day on Monday gives the right-hander a chance to stay sharp while pitching in relief.

Medlen gave up three hits and two runs. Only one run, on Weeks' run-scoring single, was earned. Troy Glaus was charged with an error when he couldn't handle a low throw from new shortstop Alex Gonzalez on a single by Hart, allowing George Kottaras to score.

Gonzalez, acquired in an All-Star break trade that sent Yunel Escobar to Toronto, went 1 for 3 and scored a run.

Jason Heyward had a single in the fourth to snap an 0-for-16 drought. Heyward scored on a double by Glaus.

The Braves added a run in the sixth when Martin Prado led off with a triple and scored on Brian McCann's two-out single.

NOTES: LHP Doug Davis was placed on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his left elbow. He missed two months with inflammation of the lining around his heart before coming off the disabled list on July 6. ... The Brewers recalled OF Lorenzo Cain from Triple-A Nashville. Cain lined out to left field in the ninth in his first major league at-bat. ... Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton celebrated his 50th birthday. His son, Terry Jr., sang the national anthem, received a hug from his dad, and led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday." ... Cox said Jair Jurrjens will start Tuesday against San Diego in what would have been Medlen's normal start. ... LHP Mike Dunn gave up one hit with two strikeouts in one inning in his major league debut for Atlanta.