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July 23, 2013

Braun suspended and Padres beat Brewers 5-3

— MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew Cashner used his arm and his bat to help San Diego earn a rare road victory.

Cashner pitched a solid six innings and had a key bunt single to lift the Padres to a 5-3 win over Milwaukee on Monday night, hours after Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was suspended for the season.

"We went to the small ground attack there started by Cash," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Cashner's bunt single that started a four-run rally in the sixth.

Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, was suspended Monday afternoon for the final 65 games without pay for being tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance enhancing drugs.

The game took a back seat to the news that Braun was the first player to be suspended for baseball's latest drug scandal. Braun spoke to his teammates, issued a statement and left Miller Park without answering questions.

"I am not perfect," he said in the statement. "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions."

Braun's teammates described him as somber, depressed and apologetic during a five-minute speech in the clubhouse before batting practice.

"It was one of those things where you kind of get embarrassed a little bit saying that you are suspended," Rickie Weeks said. "When a guy goes through something like this, you want to get the truth out and then everybody can formulate their hypothesis and take things from there."

Jonathan Lucroy was one of the more vocal Brewers expressing support for Braun. He said he came to Miller Park Monday still believing Braun had not used PEDs, but the star outfielder pulled him aside and told him he was accepting a suspension.

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