Padres 8, Brewers 3
SAN DIEGO (AP)—After giving up two runs in the first inning, Adam Eaton appeared headed for yet another loss.
“To go through what he has gone through, I’m sure he was thinking, ‘Oh no, here we go again,”’ Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “He did a real good job of settling down.”
Phil Nevin hit a three-run homer, Ramon Hernandez also connected and Sean Burroughs had a two-run double for the Padres, who moved within two percentage points of first-place Los Angeles in the NL West.
The Padres visit Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium this week.
After allowing two runs in the first, Eaton (2-6) retired 15 of 16 batters. He gave up three hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one.
“We got two quick ones on him but then he just slammed it shut,” Milwaukee’s Scott Podsednik said. “We just couldn’t seem to get anything going. I know we’re struggling, but you have to give him credit, too.”
Eaton’s only previous win this season was an 8-3 victory against the Dodgers on April 13. He lost six of his next nine starts.
“It was definitely nice to be on the winning side. More than anything, I started pitching again,” Eaton said.
He helped himself on offense, too, with two singles and a stolen base.
Nevin went 2-for-4. He homered in the seventh off reliever Brooks Kieschnick to extend San Diego’s lead to 8-3.
“I just happened to get a pitch on the inner half of the plate that I was able to pull,” Nevin said.
Trailing 2-0, San Diego scored four runs in the third, stringing together five consecutive hits off Milwaukee starter Doug Davis (4-5).
After singles by Hernandez and Khalil Greene, Eaton laid down a two-strike bunt single to load the bases. Davis fielded the ball near the third-base line but didn’t throw to first even though it appeared he had a play.
“I was a little off balance and didn’t think I could get a good throw off,” Davis said.
With no outs, Burroughs poked a double down the left-field line to drive in two runs. Mark Loretta hit an infield single, and Eaton scored on an errant throw to first by Davis.
Brian Giles followed with a sacrifice fly.
Hernandez led off the fourth with his sixth homer of the season for a 5-2 lead.
Davis went four innings, giving up five runs and eight hits.
The Brewers made it 5-3 in the seventh when Keith Ginter homered offLinebrink. Otsuka retired Podsednik with two on to end the inning.
Burroughs extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. … Brewers 2B Bill Hall is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. … San Diego LHP David Wells was activated from the disabled list and will start Tuesday in Boston against Pedro Martinez. To make room for Wells, the Padres optioned pitcher Justin Germano to Triple-A Portland. … Hernandez’s homer was the first by aPadres player at home since May 15, a span of 213 plate appearances.