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Brewers win ninth straight game, defeat Padres 6-3

Jonathan Lucroy and Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs apiece, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the San Diego Padres, 6-3, for their ninth straight victory on Tuesday, April 23.

After starting the season 2-8, the Brewers have won nine in a row for the first time since a 10-game run from Aug. 19-28, 2003.

Ryan Braun and Jean Segura each had an RBI for the Brewers, who have won the first two games of the three-game set. Starter Yovani Gallardo (2-1) allowed three runs on eight hits and five walks over 6 2/3 innings. Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his fifth save.

Clayton Richard (0-2) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, surrendering six runs on six hits and two walks for the Padres, who had Carlos Quentin return from an eight-game suspension for charging the mound and starting a benches-clearing brawl after being hit by a pitch by the Dodgers' Zack Greinke on April 11.

Quentin, Yonder Alonso and Will Venable each had an RBI for the Padres in defeat, their seventh straight loss at home.

Bucks lose second playoff game to Heat

Despite an off night from their two stars, the Milwaukee Bucks hung around. But all it took was one huge Miami Heat burst to squash any hopes of an upset Tuesday night.

LeBron James had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Miami's 98-86 win over the Bucks in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference first-round series.

In the blink of an eye, the Heat went on a 12-0 run to begin the fourth to turn a three-point lead into a 15-point cushion. They never looked back.

Dwyane Wade tallied 21 points and seven boards for the Heat, who took a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven set.

After combining for 48 points on 18 of 39 shooting in Game 1, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis totaled just 15 points on a 5 of 22 clip. Neither player recorded a field goal (0 for 5) in the first half, but the Bucks trailed just 47-43 at the break.

Ersan Ilyasova registered 21 points and six rebounds for Milwaukee, which will host Game 3 on Thursday, April 25.

High schools can shorten games to five innings>/b>

The WIAA has been granted permission from the National Federation (NHFS) to schedule five-inning baseball games this spring in response to the extreme wet and cold weather. Schools may mutually agree to schedule the five-inning contests at any level of spring baseball during the regular season.

Background checks for refs

The WIAA Board of Control unanimously approved a plan to conduct background checks for all of its 9,000-plus officials. The plan is part of a proposal that increased officials' licensing fees from $20 to $35 and per-sport fees from $10 to $15.

In the past, the WIAA has asked its officials on their licensing form if they were a convicted felon, relying on the officials themselves to be truthful.