Yost not upset with Braun for saying Brewers lacked confidence vs. Red Sox

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers manager Ned Yost isn't upset with outfielder Ryan Braun's comments that the team lacked confidence while being swept in Boston, saying Tuesday that any team that is losing will question itself.

After the Brewers lost their fifth in a row, 11-7 to Boston on Sunday, Braun said, "I almost felt like this series, we didn't expect to win. We were competing; I know everybody tried hard. But it's not about trying hard. You've got to expect to win."

Braun's comments came less than a week after the NL Rookie of the Year agreed to a $45 million, eight-year contract.

"I have no problems with what Ryan said," Yost said before the Brewers began a three-game series in Pittsburgh with a 7-2 win. "Everybody's got a right to say what they want. That's what we preach all the time -- believing in yourself, feeling good about yourself, staying confident in yourself. When you go through a tough stretch, you tend to lose confidence."

The Brewers have had losing streaks of six and five games while losing 12 of their first 17 in May.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.