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03/14/11 7:11 PM ET

Cruz's big day highlights Brewers' comeback

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One winning streak continued and another ended Monday as the Milwaukee Brewers subdued the San Francisco Giants, 12-8.

The Brewers won their fourth consecutive Cactus League decision while the Giants' five-game winning streak dissolved. Milwaukee's 12 runs represented the highest total allowed by the Giants this spring. The Brewers also achieved the previous high with nine runs on Feb. 28.

Milwaukee overcame a 3-0 deficit after three innings by victimizing right-hander Jeff Suppan. The former Brewer allowed three fourth-inning runs and left the game with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fifth, when Milwaukee scored six runs.

Suppan ultimately was charged with six runs, since left-hander Matt Yourkin, who inherited the fifth-inning jam, yielded RBI singles to George Kottaras and Luis Cruz sandwiched around a run-scoring wild pitch.

Jeremy Reed hit a three-run homer off Yourkin to conclude Milwaukee's big fifth. Cruz finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBIs.

Aubrey Huff's two-run homer in the fifth inning and Pablo Sandoval's homer in the sixth for San Francisco made the score less lopsided.

The Giants had jumped ahead with a three-run outburst in the third inning, fueled by four consecutive extra-base hits. Andres Torres tripled before Freddy Sanchez, Huff and Buster Posey each doubled.

San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain started and pitched three shutout innings in his first exhibition appearance since Feb. 27, immediately before inflammation was discovered in his throwing elbow. Cain yielded three hits, walked none and struck out one.

Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings.

Up next for Brewers: The club hopes to have shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and center fielder Carlos Gomez back in the lineup Tuesday against the Indians in Goodyear, Ariz. Both sat out Monday with minor ailments -- Betancourt a tight right quadriceps and Gomez a stiff back. It's been that kind of spring for the Brewers, who have been without seven of their nine projected Opening Day starters for either a few innings or a few weeks this spring. Left-hander Chris Narveson starts Tuesday against Cleveland right-hander Mitch Talbot.

Up next for Giants: Four of San Francisco's next 13 exhibition contests will be night games, beginning with Tuesday's encounter with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This will be the fourth and final spring game between the National League West clubs. The Giants won two of the previous three. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who surrendered a run and two hits in two innings to Arizona in the Feb. 25 Cactus League opener for both teams, will start for the Giants. He'll be opposed by Barry Enright, who was 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts against San Francisco last year. Expect a big crowd at brand-new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for this game. The reigning World Series champion Giants drew paid crowds exceeding 10,000 in each of their previous two road dates.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.