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MILWAUKEE -- Zack Greinke rarely notices the size of the crowds. Yet, even he was impressed at how well he was received at his hyped home debut for the Brewers.
Greinke struck out nine over six effective innings with 27,058 fans waving white rally towels with his number on it and Rickie Weeks homered, lifting Milwaukee to a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.
"It was really good," Greinke said. "Having them out there tonight was actually real nice and got me a little extra excited, especially early on in the game. It was great, I was real impressed."
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Greinke (1-1) bounced back from a disappointing start Wednesday for his first win with the Brewers by allowing five hits to the struggling Padres, who are hitting a major league-worst .216.
Milwaukee's bullpen held on, thanks to a key double play turned by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and Weeks in the eighth.
"It was one of the best plays ever had behind me," reliever Kameron Loe said. "Hats off to them. It was awesome."
Weeks also drove in a run with a single in the second inning and then homered in the fifth off Padres starter Mat Latos (0-5) that handed the right-hander his 10th loss in his last 10 decisions.
It was an uplifting win for the Brewers, who were coming off a miserable 2-8 road trip that saw them hit 6 of 58 with runners in scoring position, but it wasn't easy.
Leading 4-2, Loe put runners on the corners with no outs in the eighth before the defensive play of the night.
Betancourt snagged Jason Bartlett's grounder deep up the middle and flipped a behind-the-back toss out of his glove to Weeks at second, who barehanded the ball and completed the double play while a run scored to make it 4-3.
"His hands are fantastic," Greinke said of Betancourt. "It definitely wasn't surprising to see that play."
The effort drew more oohs and ahhs from the crowd when a replay was shown after the inning, and cameras caught Betancourt and Weeks smiling and watching it again in the dugout.
"That was the only way we were going to get a double play," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "When you're on the other side, you're saying, 'You've got to be kidding.' I know I said it."
Prince Fielder wasn't sure what happened as he watched it, and couldn't send the ball back around the infield because Weeks wasn't ready.
"He was still high-fiving," Fielder said.
John Axford worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his sixth save.
The Brewers acquired Greinke and Betancourt as part of a six-player deal with Kansas City in December. Greinke missed the first month of the season and almost all of spring training after cracking a rib playing basketball.
In his first start in Atlanta, he gave up five runs in four innings of an 8-0 loss, looking little like the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner. This outing was different as Greinke never dealt with serious trouble beyond back-to-back hits to start the sixth.
"I just try to do what I can do," Greinke said.
Latos snapped a nine-start losing streak when the bullpen blew his chance at a win in his last outing for a no decision. He's been foiled by a lack of run support throughout this ugly skid, receiving two runs or fewer in eight of those games, including Monday night.
"It's one of those things where the games he's pitched in have been close, like a lot of our starters," Padres manager Bud Black said. "If we happen to score some runs, you'd say, 'Hey, Latos, good job.' But that's not the way it is. It's not what's happening right now for him. He's pitching in low scoring games."
Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead off a wild pitch by Latos in the first and three consecutive singles in the second, capped by Weeks' run-scoring hit.
San Diego cut it to 2-1 on Chase Headley's double. Weeks homered, but the Padres got back within a run the next inning on Bartlett's broken-bat, RBI single.
"It's a huge win, especially for what's been happening with us and the road trip. To come back here and I think everybody had a good feeling, so for Zack to come out and throw the type of game he did, give our offense a chance to score a few runs," Roenicke said. "It's huge. You never know what game it's going to take to get on the right track."
|Zack Greinke is sharp in his first outing in Milwaukee as he yields just two runs and five hits through six solid innings. (US Presswire)|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Will Venable, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.224|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.228|
|Ryan Ludwick, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.189|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.245|
|Brad Hawpe, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.194|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.232|
|Eric Patterson, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.136|
|a- Jorge Cantu, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.198|
|Rob Johnson, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Mat Latos, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.091|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Denorfia, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.347|
|Ernesto Frieri, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Patterson in the 9th|
|b-doubled for Qualls in the 8th|
|2B - Chase Headley (9, Greinke), Chris Denorfia (2, Loe)|
|3B - Will Venable (2, Greinke)|
|RBI - Jason Bartlett (6), Chase Headley (14)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|San Diego Padres|
|Mat Latos (L,0-5)||5.2||7||4||4||2||4||1||4.86|
|WP - Mat Latos 2 (2), Chad Qualls (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 94-59, Chad Qualls 11-8, Ernesto Frieri 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 4-9, Chad Qualls 2-1, Ernesto Frieri 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Mat Latos 26, Chad Qualls 4, Ernesto Frieri 4|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.292|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.242|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.300|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.282|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.254|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.229|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.176|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.299|
|Zack Greinke, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.333|
|a- Mark Kotsay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.246|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Axford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Greinke in the 6th|
|2B - Prince Fielder (10, Frieri), Corey Hart (1, Latos), Jonathan Lucroy (3, Latos)|
|3B - Carlos Gomez (2, Latos)|
|HR - Rickie Weeks (7, Latos)|
|RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (12), Jonathan Lucroy (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (4)|
|SB - Ryan Braun (5, 2nd base off Latos/Johnson)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Betancourt-Weeks-Fielder|
|Zack Greinke (W,1-1)||6||5||2||2||0||9||0||5.40|
|LaTroy Hawkins (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.35|
|Kameron Loe (H,6)||1||2||1||1||0||1||0||3.86|
|John Axford (S,6)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||5.40|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 89-59, LaTroy Hawkins 12-10, Kameron Loe 8-7, John Axford 14-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 3-6, Kameron Loe 1-0, John Axford 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 23, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Kameron Loe 4, John Axford 4|
|Attendance - 27058|
|Game Time - 2:30|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell|