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San Diego at Milwaukee

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San Diego (74-49) «110023000790
Milwaukee (59-65)0000200013110

Gonzalez, Headley power Padres past Brewers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- The San Diego Padres are starting to think about the postseason.

With a six-game lead in the NL West and one of the NL's best hitters on the roster, it'd be hard for them not to.

Adrian Gonzalez hit his 25th homer, Chase Headley homered too, and the Padres beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 on Sunday.

"You can start to smell it," Headley said. "We've got a month and change left to go and we're in good position.

"I think everybody is worried about going out there and giving it there all each and every day," he said. "Every win kind of gets you one bit closer to where you want to be. I think that's the mentality that everybody has."

San Diego (74-49) can match last year's victory total of 75 wins when the Padres return home Tuesday night against Arizona. The San Francisco Giants lost Sunday to fall further behind in the division race.

The Padres lost the first two games of the series, but got a solid outing from starter Jon Garland (13-8) and improved to 14-1 in games following two straight losses.

"Good pitching and defense is going to win games," Gonzalez said. "If we continue to do that we're not going to go into a losing streak because pitching and defense prevails."

Garland's scoreless-innings streak ended at 21 innings when he gave up Ryan Braun's 18th home run in the fifth, but he won his third straight start and four of five.

Manny Parra (3-10) gave up seven runs in six innings on eight hits and four walks. He struck out five. The left-hander is 0-5 with a 7.42 ERA in his last eight starts and manager Ken Macha said he and general manager Doug Melvin have considered replacing the left-hander in the rotation.

"I had a brief discussion with Doug," Macha said. "Talked a little bit about perhaps who's coming up and maybe giving somebody else a call."

Gonzalez went deep in the first and Headley connected for his 10th homer in the second for a 2-0 lead, but San Diego blew the game open by taking advantage of Parra's wildness in the fifth and sixth innings. Three of the four batters the Brewers starter walked in those two innings ended up scoring.

"My fastball command was terrible all day," Parra said. "And that's what came back to bite me. I'm frustrated overall with the fastball command. It's consistently terrible. Today, it was absolutely terrible."

Milwaukee had plenty of chances against Garland (13-8), but left two runners stranded in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. The right-hander pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

"Breaking ball early on with spotting the fastball kept them off-balance," Garland said. "I was able to make pitches when I needed to."

Four San Diego relievers pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief, allowing a two-out RBI single to Braun in the ninth.

Luis Durango, making his first start since being recalled from the minors Saturday, walked to open the fifth and stole second base. David Eckstein then walked, and Gonzalez walked with two outs to load the bases.

Ryan Ludwick followed with a double down the right-field line, scoring Durango and Eckstein for a 4-0 lead.

Braun's two-run homer in the bottom of the inning made it 4-2, but San Diego tacked on three more runs in the sixth -- all with two outs.

Parra walked Durango and gave up a hit to Garland. Eckstein hit an RBI single for a 5-2 lead.

Miguel Tejeda followed with a double to the base of the left-field wall, scoring Garland and Eckstein to make it 7-2.

The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but reliever Luke Gregerson got Rickie Weeks to ground into a double play to end the threat.

"Luke coming in and getting that double play just took the air out of them," Garland said. "It was huge."

Notes

  • Gonzalez has hit 17 of his 25 homers on the road.
  • Brewers RF Corey Hart missed his second consecutive game with a strained hamstring. He is expected to return Tuesday night against the Dodgers.
  • The Brewers' four-game winning streak was snapped.
  • San Diego went 7-3 on its 10-game road trip, and returns home Tuesday night to play Arizona.
  • Milwaukee INF Craig Counsell played in his 1,500th major-league game Sunday. He has been in the majors since 1995.
 
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Adrian Gonzalez admires his 25th home run on the season, a solo shot in the first inning.  (US Presswire)
Adrian Gonzalez admires his 25th home run on the season, a solo shot in the first inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
San Diego

R. Ludwick
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David Eckstein, 2B4221111 .278
Miguel Tejada, SS5012000 .270
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4111102 .297
Ryan Ludwick, RF5012021 .272
Chase Headley, 3B4111002 .278
Chris Denorfia, LF4000010 .288
Nick Hundley, C4010020 .237
Luis Durango, CF2210211 .429
Jon Garland, P3110012 .196
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000011 .205
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .143
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Totals3679749  
a-struck out for Gregerson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Tejada (23, Parra), Ryan Ludwick (24, Parra)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (25, Parra), Chase Headley (10, Parra)
RBI - David Eckstein (23), Miguel Tejada 2 (49), Adrian Gonzalez (79), Ryan Ludwick 2 (55), Chase Headley (52)
2-OUT RBI - David Eckstein (13), Miguel Tejada 2 (12), Adrian Gonzalez (20), Ryan Ludwick 2 (18)
SB - Luis Durango (3, 2nd base off Parra/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Eckstein-Gonzalez, Gregerson-Hundley-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Garland (W,13-8) 5.1822341 3.25
Joe Thatcher0100000 1.33
Luke Gregerson (H,32) 1.2000110 2.64
Tim Stauffer 1000010 1.14
Edward Mujica 1211000 3.42
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 97-60, Joe Thatcher 1-1, Luke Gregerson 21-12, Tim Stauffer 13-10, Edward Mujica 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 6-5, Luke Gregerson 2-1, Tim Stauffer 1-1, Edward Mujica 2-1
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 26, Joe Thatcher 1, Luke Gregerson 5, Tim Stauffer 3, Edward Mujica 5
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B5220021 .274
Craig Counsell, SS5010022 .244
Ryan Braun, LF3123200 .296
Prince Fielder, 1B4010103 .268
Casey McGehee, 3B4000013 .287
Lorenzo Cain, CF4000010 .333
Chris Dickerson, RF3020100 .239
Jonathan Lucroy, C4020001 .271
Manny Parra, P2000002 .188
   a- Joe Inglett, PH1010000 .274
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
   b- Alcides Escobar, PH1000000 .250
Totals36311346  
a-singled for Parra in the 6th
b-grounded out for Hoffman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (27, Mujica), Prince Fielder (20, Garland)
HR - Ryan Braun (18, Garland)
RBI - Ryan Braun 3 (73)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (31)
Team LOB - 10
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Manny Parra (L,3-10) 6877452 5.65
Todd Coffey 2100030 4.35
Trevor Hoffman 1000010 6.53
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 100-58, Todd Coffey 28-17, Trevor Hoffman 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 9-4, Todd Coffey 1-2, Trevor Hoffman 1-1
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 30, Todd Coffey 7, Trevor Hoffman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32126
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ed Rapuano