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Greene's HR lifts Padres over Brewers, above .500 mark

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MILWAUKEE -- Khalil Greene waited for his favorite at-bat -- his last of the game.

Greene hit a two-run homer on an 0-2 count in the eighth inning Thursday night to give San Diego the lead and the Padres went on to a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers to creep back over .500.

"Those are the situations you look forward to," Greene said. "I keep myself going by saying that I might be able to do something to help affect the outcome of a game at the end."

Joe Randa hit his career-high 37th double with one out in the eighth. After Xavier Nady grounded out, Greene hit a foul ball that fell into the stands, three rows beyond the reach of Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay.

On the next pitch, reliever Kane Davis (1-1) left a fastball over the middle of the plate, and Greene hit his 11th homer of the season.

"I was trying to swing the bat with some authority, and not be overly defensive," said Greene, who is 5-for-12 with a homer and three RBI in three games since returning from the disabled list with a broken left toe.

"You're just hoping he puts one in play and gets a hit," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "Greene put quite a charge in that one."

Ben Johnson added a two-run homer in the ninth, and the Padres needed it.

J.J. Hardy hit a two-out, two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the inning after Wes Helms reached on an error by shortstop Greene. The closer still earned his 35th save in 37 opportunities by striking out Brady Clark to end the game.

"The underlying theme of all year is how well guys have responded with brief stints in the lineup," Hoffman said. "It's been a group of role players that have stepped up."

It was the third straight win for the Padres (67-66), who are above .500 for the first time since Aug. 12. They remain in first place in the NL West -- six games in front of Los Angeles -- and have gained two games in the standings since last being above .500.

Rudy Seanez (6-1) earned the win with one inning of relief. Padres starter Adam Eaton hasn't won in his last three starts after winning eight in a row. He gave up three runs and three hits in six innings.

Rick Helling was trying to get his first win since joining Milwaukee's starting rotation last week. He allowed two earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"It wasn't like we had a huge lead," Helling said. "A one-run lead against a good ball club is going to be tough to hold."

Davis was more direct.

"I'm supposed to hold it there," he said. "I didn't do my job."

In the fourth, Eaton walked Rickie Weeks and Overbay singled to put runners at the corners with one out. Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly scored Weeks, and Geoff Jenkins followed with his 18th homer, a two-run shot that gave the Brewers a 3-2 lead.

After Helling retired the first six Padres, he ran into trouble in the third. San Diego stole three bases in the inning -- two by Miguel Olivo and one by Dave Roberts, who leads the team with 21. Helling walked Mark Loretta to load the bases with two outs, and Brian Giles' grounder deflected off Overbay's glove at first base to make it 1-0.

The Padres got another run the next inning by stringing together three consecutive singles -- the third by Olivo that scored Nady from second to give the Padres a 2-0 lead. But the threat ended abruptly because Olivo got caught in a rundown trying to stretch his single and Eaton then struck out to end the inning.

Notes

  • Brewers C Damian Miller missed the game with a stomach virus likely from food poisoning. Manager Ned Yost said Miller was "as white as a ghost." Chad Moeller took his place and went 1-for-3.
  • The Brewers recalled P Wes Obermueller from Triple-A Nashville. Obermueller is replacing staff ace Ben Sheets in the rotation after Sheets tore a muscle in his back last week.
  • Greene said he's still not 100 percent since coming off the disabled list. "At this point, it feels OK. It doesn't feel great, but it doesn't feel terrible either," he said.
 
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San Diego's Khalil Greene rounds the bases, past Milwaukee's Russell Branyan.  (AP)
San Diego's Khalil Greene rounds the bases, past Milwaukee's Russell Branyan. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

G. Jenkins
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, CF2000100 .265
   a- Ben Johnson, PH-CF2112010 .259
Mark Loretta, 2B3000200 .291
Brian Giles, RF5011012 .298
Ryan Klesko, LF4000003 .255
    Damian Jackson, LF1000010 .249
Joe Randa, 3B4120010 .276
Xavier Nady, 1B4110002 .262
Khalil Greene, SS4122011 .262
Miguel Olivo, C4121010 .211
Adam Eaton, P2000022 .222
   b- Mark Sweeney, PH0000000 .315
   c- Eric Young, PH0000100 .280
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   d- Paul McAnulty, PH0100100 .222
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals356965810 
a-struck out for Roberts in the 7th
b-announced for Eaton in the 7th
c-walked for Sweeney in the 7th
d-walked for Linebrink in the 9th
Batting
2B - Joe Randa (37, Davis)
HR - Ben Johnson (2, Capellan), Khalil Greene (11, Davis)
RBI - Ben Johnson 2 (8), Brian Giles (72), Khalil Greene 2 (52), Miguel Olivo (34)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Giles (25), Khalil Greene 2 (19)
SB - Dave Roberts (21, 2nd base off Helling/Moeller), Miguel Olivo 2 (5, 2nd base off Helling/Moeller, 3rd base off Helling/Moeller)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Eaton-Greene-Loretta
E - Khalil Greene (10, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Klesko (4, Dropped fly)
San Diego Padres
Adam Eaton 6333331 3.90
Rudy Seanez (W,6-1) 1100010 2.96
Scott Linebrink (H,20) 1100000 2.33
Trevor Hoffman (S,35) 1120031 3.35
IBB - Jenkins by Adam Eaton
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 94-59, Rudy Seanez 17-14, Scott Linebrink 18-12, Trevor Hoffman 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 4-11, Rudy Seanez 1-1, Scott Linebrink 3-0, Trevor Hoffman 1-0
Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 24, Rudy Seanez 4, Scott Linebrink 4, Trevor Hoffman 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF5000021 .306
Rickie Weeks, 2B3100100 .241
Lyle Overbay, 1B4110000 .274
Carlos Lee, LF3011001 .266
Geoff Jenkins, RF3112101 .287
Bill Hall, SS3010012 .272
    Dana Eveland, P0000000 .000
    Kane Davis, P0000000 .000
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
   a- Wes Helms, PH1100000 .299
Russell Branyan, 3B3000112 .256
Chad Moeller, C3010001 .207
   b- Prince Fielder, PH1000011 .303
Rick Helling, P2000011 .000
    J.J. Hardy, SS2112011 .225
Totals335653711 
a-grounded out for Capellan in the 9th
b-struck out for Moeller in the 9th
Batting
HR - Geoff Jenkins (19, Eaton), J.J. Hardy (5, Hoffman)
SF - Carlos Lee (6)
RBI - Carlos Lee (98), Geoff Jenkins 2 (67), J.J. Hardy 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Geoff Jenkins 2 (16), J.J. Hardy 2 (17)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Lee 1
E - Chad Moeller (3, Wild throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Rick Helling 6.1622240 4.00
Dana Eveland (H,4) 1000220 3.98
Kane Davis (BS,2; L,1-1) 0.2222011 3.38
Jose Capellan 1122111 5.87
IBB - Loretta by Dana Eveland
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Helling 88-60, Dana Eveland 27-13, Kane Davis 15-10, Jose Capellan 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Helling 1-13, Dana Eveland 1-0, Kane Davis 1-0, Jose Capellan 1-1
Batters Faced - Rick Helling 26, Dana Eveland 5, Kane Davis 4, Jose Capellan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24785
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Mark Carlson