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“Nellie, he’s a perennial hitter,” Orioles starter Bud Norris said. “We’ve seen him for years in other leagues and everything else, but to have him over here in Baltimore’s been outstanding.”

The NL Central-leading Brewers took two of three in the teams’ first interleague meeting since 2008.

The Brewers had the early advantage against Norris (3-5), who allowed four runs, five hits and three walks in six innings. Braun hit a hard chopper down the first-base line for his two-out double with runners on second and third.

Braun and Carlos Gomez each had two hits and a stolen base for Milwaukee.

NOTES: Orioles LHP Johan Santana, signed as a minor league free agent during the offseason after missing all of the 2013 season following shoulder surgery, is likely to make one more outing in extended spring training, manager Buck Showalter said. The Orioles would then like the former Cy Young Award winner to make at least two minor league starts. … Baltimore sends Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6) to the mound Thursday in the opener of a four-game series in Houston. Milwaukee is off Thursday before returning Friday with Marco Estrada (4-2) against the Chicago Cubs.


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