Sat. Final: Padres 4, Brewers 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Ryan Braun's outfield miscue allowed the go-ahead run to score and Clayton Richard was solid in his first start after coming over in the Jake Peavy trade as the San Diego Padres beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Saturday night.
Braun misplayed a fly ball from pinch hitter Oscar Salazar into a double that allowed the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as the Padres won their fifth straight game. It is San Diego's longest streak since winning 10 in a row from May 15-25.
The Brewers, held to one hit through five innings by Richard, tied the game at 2-all in the sixth on solo homers by Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee on consecutive pitches.
San Diego came right back in the bottom of the inning when rookie Everth Cabrera tripled off Mike Burns (2-4) with two outs. Burns appeared to get out of the inning when Salazar hit a fly ball to left field. But Braun broke in on the ball and it sailed over his head and rolled to the wall for a run-scoring double.
Richard, acquired in the Jake Peavy trade Friday, pitched strongly for the Padres into the sixth inning but came away with no decision. Richard, one of four pitchers acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the deal, did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.
The left-hander struck out five and walked three as he allowed one run and two hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Richard gave up one run over eight innings in each of his final two starts for the White Sox. Overall in his last three starts, he has allowed three earned runs and 11 hits in 21 2-3 innings for an ERA of 1.25.
He was removed from the game after allowing Fielder's solo homer, his 26th, to right field with two outs in the sixth inning that cut San Diego's lead to 2-1.
McGehee then followed with a home run on the first pitch off reliever Greg Burke (3-3) to tie the score 2-2.
Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 27 chances to complete the combined four-hitter.
Milwaukee has lost seven out of 10 games.
Burns made his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Friday to replace Jeff Suppan, who went on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. The righty gave up three runs on nine hits over 5 2-3 innings.
Rookie Will Venable hit a solo homer in the second inning to put the Padres on top 1-0. It was the third straight game that Venable has homered and he has driven in eight runs in that span. Venable has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats.
Kevin Kouzmanoff had a sacrifice fly in the fifth to put the Padres ahead 2-0. Tony Gwynn added an RBI single in the ninth to score pinch-hitter Chase Headley, who reached on a two-out double.
Notes: With the loss, Milwaukee is 0-6-2 in its last eight series. The Brewers, who lost 11-7 Friday night to San Diego, have not won a series since taking two of three against the Mets from June 29 through July 1.
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