National League Game Summary - San Diego at Milwaukee|
(Monday, October 1st)
Final Score: Milwaukee 5, San Diego 3
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Shaun Marcum tossed six solid innings and was
backed by three home runs as the Milwaukee Brewers posted a 5-3 win over the
San Diego Padres at Miller Park.
Rickie Weeks had a two-run homer and Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy
delivered solo shots as Milwaukee bounced back from Sunday's 7-0 loss to
Houston that officially eliminated the club from playoff contention.
Marcum (7-4) worked around four walks to hold San Diego to two runs on six
hits, and John Axford struck out the side in the ninth to nail down just
Milwaukee's third win in its last eight contests.
"Shaun was mixing his pitches well, and that allowed him to get out of
trouble," said Lucroy. "He had some trouble early on, but we were able to jump
on [Padres starter Clayton] Richard."
Richard (14-14) hit his first career home run, but the left-hander served up
the three Milwaukee long balls and all five runs over a seven-inning stint to
take the loss.
"It started out looking like he was going to help his own cause, but the long
ball came back to hurt him," Padres manager Bud Black said of Richard.
Will Venable finished 3-for-4 and Yasmani Grandal recorded a pair of hits with
an RBI for San Diego, but the Padres stranded nine baserunners and fell for
the fifth time in six outings.
Gomez snapped a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth with his 19th homer of the
season, while Weeks increased Milwaukee's lead when he followed Norichika
Aoki's single with a towering blast over the wall in straightaway center an
San Diego would pull to within 4-2 when Venable doubled in the sixth and
crossed the plate on Jesus Guzman's base hit, but Lucroy gave the Brewers back
a three-run cushion by taking Richard deep to begin Milwaukee's half of the
Grandal singled off reliever Jim Henderson to bring in Everth Cabrera in the
seventh and cut the Padres' deficit to 5-3, but Francisco Rodriguez held San
Diego scoreless in the eighth before Axford came in to notch his 34th save of
Aramis Ramirez gave Milwaukee a quick 1-0 lead when he followed a Ryan Braun
double with a single through the right side in the bottom of the first inning,
but the Padres would draw even on Richard's first career home run -- a shot
into the second deck in right field with one out in the third.
Marcum would later walk the bases loaded in that inning, but avoided further
damage by getting Yonder Alonso to line out to left to end the frame.
"We had him on the ropes," said Black. "We stressed him out, but we couldn't
Braun finished 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, in which he's
hitting .452 (19-of-42) ... Marcum improved to 4-0 with a 3.41 ERA in five
career starts against the Padres ... The three homers gave Milwaukee 202 for
the season, marking the fifth time in franchise history and first time since
2007 they've had at least 200.
10/02 00:12:44 ET