What's the best way to follow up an eight-inning start?

With another, of course.

One day after Kyle Lohse pitched a gem in a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park, Yovani Gallardo did his rotation mate one better.

The right-hander shut out the Miami Marlins on four hits over eight innings, recording his 1,000th career strikeout in the process, to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 victory at Marlins Park on Monday night.

"We feed off each other," Gallardo (5-6) said when asked about trying to follow up Lohse's performance.

"We all want to do well and we see the other guys pitching well, it just gives you that little bit extra motivation to go out there and make pitches."

Gallardo, who walked one and struck out four, dropped his earned-run average from 5.25 to 4.74 with his longest outing since Aug. 16, 2011, when he went eight in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park.

It was the kind of start that the Brewers have been hoping for from Gallardo all season as he's battled through mounting pitch counts in early innings and a drop in velocity.

"Probably his fastball command was what he needs it to be," said manager Ron Roenicke, whose Brewers have won four straight. "Then he mixes in the other stuff well. That was another good outing."

Jonathan Lucroy had four hits and two runs batted in, and Carlos Gomez and Rickie Weeks had three hits apiece, including a solo home run from Weeks.

Playing without Ryan Braun, who was held out to try and quiet his injured right hand, the Brewers struck first with two runs in the opening inning against Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco.

Norichika Aoki led off with a double and scored on a single by Gomez. Gomez then moved all the way to third on the throw home and a throwing error by the catcher.

After a popout by Aramis Ramirez, Lucroy delivered a two-out single to center that plated Gomez to make it 2-0.

Aoki and Gomez combined for another run in the second with Aoki singling, moving up to second on a groundout by Jean Segura and scoring on Gomez's bloop single to center.