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San Diego at Milwaukee

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Brewers 5, Padres 3

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MILWAUKEE -- When the Milwaukee Brewers were 12 games under .500 on Aug. 19, very few fans expected the team would rebound, let alone have a winning season and be in contention for the NL playoffs down to the last few days.

But with the Brewers' 5-3 win Monday over the San Diego Padres, the Brewers clinched a winning season for the second straight year. The Brewers won 28 of the last 40 to turn the season around and make a run at an NL wild card before being officially eliminated after a loss Sunday.

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"I don't think anyone thought we would have a winning season, considering where we were in August," said catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who hit a home run Monday. "We wanted to be in the playoffs, but we never gave up this year. I think we really showed the character of the team."

Brewers closer John Axford struck out the side in the ninth inning Monday to get his 34 save in 43 chances. It was a nice bounce back for Axford, who struggled this season blowing nine saves, including one Thursday in Cincinnati when the team was still battling for the wild card.

"This shows that perserverance pays off," he said. "We never gave up despite our record in August. I think we have a very good team and am confident we can rebound next season."

Shaun Marcum (7-4) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. Marcum was likely making his last start for the Brewers as the team is not expected to re-sign the veteran pitcher. It was his second straight victory after not winning a game since June 8 as he spent two months on the disabled list with right elbow tightness before being activated Aug. 25.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Marcum was good enough to get the win.

"He mixed speeds well and really battled," Roenicke said. "We always knew Shaun knew how to pitch. It is just a question of keeping him healthy."

Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez added home runs for the Brewers, who pounded out 10 hits.

Clayton Richard (14-14) gave up five runs and 10 hits in seven innings for his second straight loss after winning five straight decisions.

Richard said he was not executing his pitches.

"They jumped on everything I didn't execute," he said.

The Brewers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. With two outs, Ryan Braun lined a double down the right-field line and scored on Aramis Ramirez's RBI single.

Richard's first career home run with one out in the third inning tied the score at 1-1 for the Padres. Marcum then walked three of the next four batters, but got Yonder Alonso to fly out to end the inning.

"I'll take a win over a homer every time," Richard said. "But it's definitely neat to be able to do that [hit a home run]. It was just more luck than anything."

Gomez's career-high 19th home run of the season gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Gomez's previous high eight in 2011.

Weeks' two-run home run in the fifth inning boosted Milwaukee's lead to 4-1. It was the Brewers' 200th home run of the season, the second straight season the team has hit that mark and only the fifth time in team history.

Jesse Guzman's RBI single in the sixth inning scored Will Venable for the Padres to cut the lead to 4-2. Venable had doubled down the right field line and then stole third base.

Lucroy's 12th home run of the season in the sixth inning increased the Brewers' lead to 5-2.

San Diego pulled to 5-3 in the seventh inning on Yasman Grandal's RBI single.

Notes

Padres manager Bud Black said RHP Casey Kelley will not make his scheduled start Tuesday due to general arm and elbow soreness. RHP Anthony Bass (2-7) will start in his place. ... Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had a team meeting before the game to tell his team he was pleased with the way they had played in the last month to get back into the NL wild-card race. ... Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers visited Braun in the clubhouse before the game. The two are close friends and are involved in the ownership of a Milwaukee-area restaurant together.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS3110100 .242
   a- Carlos Quentin, PH0000100 .261
    Andy Parrino, PR0000000 .207
Logan Forsythe, 2B5000013 .277
Chase Headley, 3B3000222 .283
Yasmani Grandal, C3021101 .299
Yonder Alonso, 1B4000015 .273
Will Venable, RF4130010 .263
Jesus Guzman, LF4011012 .246
Cameron Maybin, CF3000012 .243
   b- Mark Kotsay, PH1000000 .264
    Alexi Amarista, CF0000000 .237
Clayton Richard, P3111002 .087
    Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Denorfia, PH1000010 .294
Totals3438358  
a-walked for Cabrera in the 9th
b-lined out for Maybin in the 8th
c-struck out for Vincent in the 9th
Batting
2B - Will Venable 2 (25, Marcum, Marcum)
HR - Clayton Richard (1, Marcum)
RBI - Yasmani Grandal (35), Jesus Guzman (47), Clayton Richard (7)
2-OUT RBI - Yasmani Grandal (10)
SB - Everth Cabrera 2 (43, 2nd base off Marcum/Lucroy, 2nd base off Henderson/Lucroy), Will Venable (24, 3rd base off Marcum/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Clayton Richard (6, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Richard (L,14-14) 71055033 3.99
Nick Vincent 1000120 1.75
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 102-66, Nick Vincent 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 9-8
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 30, Nick Vincent 4
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4130000 .289
Rickie Weeks, 2B4112012 .229
Ryan Braun, LF4120012 .321
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4011013 .299
Corey Hart, 1B3000002 .270
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B0000100 .253
Jonathan Lucroy, C4111001 .321
Carlos Gomez, CF4111011 .260
Jean Segura, SS3000000 .266
Shaun Marcum, P2010010 .105
   a- Eric Farris, PH1000000 .143
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals33510515  
a-grounded out for Marcum in the 6th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (36, Richard)
HR - Rickie Weeks (21, Richard), Jonathan Lucroy (12, Richard), Carlos Gomez (19, Richard)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (63), Aramis Ramirez (104), Jonathan Lucroy (57), Carlos Gomez (51)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (41), Carlos Gomez (25)
SB - Norichika Aoki (29, 3rd base off Richard/Grandal)
CS - Norichika Aoki (8, 2nd base by Richard/Grandal)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Segura-Hart
E - Shaun Marcum (1, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum (W,7-4) 6622421 3.70
Jim Henderson (H,14) 1211020 3.14
Francisco Rodriguez (H,31) 1000010 4.50
John Axford (S,34) 1000130 4.81
WP - Jim Henderson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 104-58, Jim Henderson 27-19, Francisco Rodriguez 18-12, John Axford 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 6-9, Jim Henderson 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 27, Jim Henderson 5, Francisco Rodriguez 3, John Axford 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30398
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Jim Joyce