Rookie Braun big boost for Brewers

Playing in just his eighth game in the majors, Ryan Braun homered, doubled and singled to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 victory over the visiting Florida Marlins on Friday night.

Kevin Mench drove in four runs for Milwaukee with a sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded double.

Braun's two-run homer in the fifth traveled 427 feet and landed just above the ivy that grows on the wall in center field. Corey Hart singled before Braun -- the fifth overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft -- hit the first pitch from Scott Olsen (4-5) for his second home run since his contract was purchased from Class AAA Nashville on May 24.

Francisco Cordero got the final out to earn his major-league-leading 20th save in as many chances.