HOUSTON -- Yovani Gallardo's quality start Friday and solid relief help from Kameron Loe and Livan Hernandez, who combined for three innings of shutout ball, offered an opportunity for a recently maligned bullpen to get some much needed rest.
"That was very important," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It gives [Francisco Rodriguez] and [John Axford] the two days in a row [off] and I think that's important. [Manny] Parra, we weren't sure if we were going to pitch him. He had three in a row. So that's a good outing to let those guys breathe a little more."
Gallardo improved to 7-6 with Friday's 7-1 win and praised the efforts of the entire bullpen and not only Loe, who worked a perfect seventh inning Friday with one strikeout, and Hernandez, who followed Loe to the mound, retiring the first five batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings.
"We've got a bunch of great guys back there," Gallardo said.
The bullpen previously squandered leads while allowing 10 runs on Tuesday and two runs on Wednesday.
"I don't think anybody wants to go out there and have a bad day," Gallardo said. "But it's going to happen throughout the season. But the group of guys we have back there, they just come back out there every day. They come every day prepared. They want to pitch. They want to be in that close ballgame and make pitches."