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Brewers head into All-Star Break with much-needed confidence

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MILWAUKEE (WAOW) -- The main question coming into Sunday was whether or not the Brewers could sneak out a win in the final game of a key series against the Cardinals and hit the All-Star Break in stride.

Milwaukee didn't just sneak out the win, the Brewers mashed their way to an 11-2 victory over their NL Central rivals, collecting a season high 19 hits.

After seven straight losses, this was a much needed win to end the first half.

"It makes the break a lot more fun," Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke said. "You wouldn't think one game does, but it does. You're on a losing streak and if you lose (Sunday), you're not sure when the streak is going to end.

"So then you go into the break not feeling good and you come out of it not feeling good," Roenicke continued. "But now we go into it feeling good and come out of it feeling good."

The win put the Brewers back in first place in the NL Central.

"To finish the first half in first place is really good," All-Star Carlos Gomez, a member of the Brewers 2011 division championship team, said. "We have to come out after the break and do the job, and continue to play the great baseball that we've been playing so far."

And it's not just the momentum going into the break that helps. It's also the break itself.

"There are some guys who need some days off to feel good again," Roenicke said. "And also the mental part, going through what we've been going through for the last month. We had that long stretch where we didn't have days off, and we haven't played well."

Still, while the break is nice, the 21 Brewers who aren't headed to the All-Star game would surely trade the time off to join the other four in Minneapolis for the Mid-Summer Classic.

"It'll be nice, but I'm sure almost any player in here would prefer to go to the All-Star game," outfielder Khris Davis said with a smile after the game. "But I'm looking forward to the time off, and just looking to get some more wins in the second half."

The Brewers resume on Friday in Washington against the Nationals.

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