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Milwaukee at San Diego

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Milwaukee (9-14)000000000060
San Diego (15-8) «00100020x361

Padres 3, Brewers 0

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres are in an unfamiliar position: For the first time since 1998, they lead the NL West heading into May.

Clayton Richard combined with three relievers to throw the club's major league-leading fifth shutout in a 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

Add in a late two-run homer by Scott Hairston to provide some breathing room, and San Diego is riding high.

"We're not putting a lot of pressure on ourselves," Hairston said. "We feel like we are a really good team."

The Padres are playing that way. They won for the 12th time in 14 games and increased their home winning streak to eight in a row.

San Diego (15-8) has its best record entering May since the 1998 team also was in first place en route to winning the NL pennant. The Padres are tied with St. Louis for the league's best record.

"I think our thinking daily is for us to go out and play solid baseball," manager Bud Black said. "If we do that, we have a chance to win."

One area that has been rock solid is San Diego's pitching. The staff ran its scoreless streak to 24 innings. In the last 14 games, the Padres' ERA is 2.23 with 121 strikeouts and 42 walks in 125 innings.

"We have been pitching well as a unit and I think it's contagious," Richard said. "You don't want to be the guy to screw it up."

Richard (1-2) tied his career high with eight strikeouts. He allowed four singles and walked three.

Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams and Heath Bell each pitched one inning to complete the six-hitter. Bell earned his seventh save in eight opportunities.

"We have so much confidence in those guys in the 'pen," Richard said.

Milwaukee, blanked 9-0 Thursday night in the series opener, has failed to score in 22 straight innings. The Brewers, who have lost seven of eight, came into the series having scored more runs than any other NL team.

"It's only two games, but they've been putting it to us a little bit," Corey Hart said.

Hairston, who entered in the seventh as part of a double switch, homered with one out in the bottom half off Dave Bush (1-2) after his brother, Jerry, reached on a leadoff double.

"I'm trying to drive the ball and just looking for a ball that's up," Hairston said of his homer, which hit the brick Western Metal Supply Co. building near the left-field foul pole.

Bush regretted the pitch.

"It was not particularly well-located," he said. "But given the situation, it was not a very good choice, either. I tried to throw a fastball in and I really shouldn't have."

Four of the Padres' eight straight home wins have been shutouts, and they have outscored opponents 37-10. San Diego's 9-2 home record is the best in the National League.

"Once they get into the bullpen and they get those three guys out there, it's tough," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

Bush allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings. He walked four and struck out three. Bush has allowed seven homers, tied for the most in the NL.

The right-hander was coming off one of his worst outings when he gave up a career-high nine runs and 10 hits, including four homers, in 3 2/3 innings of a 12-2 loss at home to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Chase Headley gave the Padres a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the third.

Notes

Richard is 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA in nine career starts at spacious Petco Park. Richard, who struck out eight batters for the third time in his career, has held opponents to a .195 batting average in those starts. ... Milwaukee CF Carlos Gomez left in the second inning with a strained left knee. ... Brewers INF Casey McGehee rejoined the team and was in the starting lineup one day after his wife gave birth to a girl, the couple's second child. ... Padres SS Everth Cabrera (strained right hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He was replaced on the roster by INF Lance Zawadzki, recalled from Triple-A Portland.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

S. Hairston
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

C. Richard
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 8
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4010011 .258
Carlos Gomez, CF1000000 .269
    Jody Gerut, CF3000012 .158
Ryan Braun, LF3010100 .355
Prince Fielder, 1B3000123 .244
Casey McGehee, 3B4000022 .305
Corey Hart, RF4010011 .270
Gregg Zaun, C3010112 .226
Alcides Escobar, SS3000023 .250
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1010000 .333
Dave Bush, P3010020 .167
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Inglett, PH1000011 .357
Totals33060313  
a-singled for Escobar in the 9th
b-struck out for Villanueva in the 9th
Batting
SB - Rickie Weeks (2, 2nd base off Gregerson/Hundley)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jody Gerut 1
DP - Gerut-Zaun-McGehee
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush (L,1-2) 7633431 4.60
Carlos Villanueva 1000120 0.00
IBB - Gonzalez by Dave Bush
WP - Carlos Villanueva (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 107-63, Carlos Villanueva 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 7-9, Carlos Villanueva 1-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 29, Carlos Villanueva 5
San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3120100 .255
David Eckstein, 2B4010003 .272
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000103 .288
Chase Headley, 3B3001021 .322
Will Venable, RF3000120 .230
Matt Stairs, LF2000100 .133
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Oscar Salazar, PH1000012 .130
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS3110103 .235
Nick Hundley, C2010001 .275
Clayton Richard, P2000001 .143
    Scott Hairston, LF1112000 .244
Totals2736355  
a-struck out for Adams in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2, Bush)
HR - Scott Hairston (3, Bush)
SF - Chase Headley (1)
SH - Nick Hundley (1)
RBI - Chase Headley (8), Scott Hairston 2 (8)
SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (5, 2nd base off Bush/Zaun), Chase Headley (7, 2nd base off Villanueva/Zaun)
CS - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1, 2nd base by Bush/Zaun)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Clayton Richard (W,1-2) 6400380 3.00
Luke Gregerson (H,7) 1100000 2.03
Mike Adams (H,6) 1000020 4.50
Heath Bell (S,7) 1100030 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 98-61, Luke Gregerson 11-7, Mike Adams 17-12, Heath Bell 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 7-3, Luke Gregerson 1-2, Mike Adams 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 25, Luke Gregerson 4, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29366
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Angel Hernandez