MILWAUKEE - Corey Hart homered and drove in four runs and rookie Ryan Braun had four hits to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 11-6 Friday night.
Jeff Suppan struggled but won for the third time in nine starts to lead the first-place Brewers to their eighth win in nine games since being no-hit by Detroit's Justin Verlander on June 12.
Mark Teahen had four hits for Kansas City, which has lost three in a row after winning four of five.
Suppan (8-7) gave up nine hits and five earned runs in five innings. He struck out five and walked two. The former Royal entered the game 2-5 with a 6.75 ERA in his last eight starts.
Former Brewer Jorge De La Rosa (4-9) gave up 10 hits and seven earned runs in five innings. He has lost his last six decisions, including one as a reliever after giving up a game-winning homer to the only batter he faced -- Ryan Ludwick -- in a 7-6, 14-inning victory by the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Milwaukee scored four times in the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead.
Kevin Mench and Rickie Weeks doubled with no outs in the inning, and Suppan followed with a single to put runners on first and third. Hart then singled in Weeks. After Craig Counsell struck out, Braun lined a double into the left-field corner to score Suppan and Hart.
Ryan Shealy hit a two-run double in Kansas City's three-run fifth but Hart hit a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh for Milwaukee.
Brewers relievers -- led by Carlos Villanueva, who pitched two scoreless innings and struck out the side in the seventh -- held the Royals to one run in the final four innings.
Braun hit an opposite-field homer in the first inning, his fifth since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Nashville on May 24. He has 16 RBIs.
Hart extended his hitting streak to a career-high nine games and finished with three hits. He came in to the game batting .343 (23-for-67) in 16 starts as the leadoff hitter this season.
Milwaukee moved to 26-12 at home, the best record in the NL.
De La Rosa was making his first career appearance against the Brewers after pitching for Milwaukee from 2004-2006. He was traded to the Royals last July 25 for Tony Graffanino, who homered in the sixth.
Suppan pitched for the Royals from 1998 to 2002.
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