Sun. Final: Brewers 6, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Felipe Lopez hit a three-run double that highlighted a five-run seventh inning, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Craig Counsell and Frank Catalanotto also drove in runs in the seventh, breaking a 1-all tie against four San Diego pitchers and snapping the Padres' five-game winning streak. Milwaukee won for just the fourth time in 11 games.
Mitch Stetter (3-1) got the final two outs of the sixth and earned the win, combining with four pitchers to allow just five hits against a San Diego lineup that had at least 10 in five straight games.
Trevor Hoffman, who pitched 16 seasons for the Padres, worked the ninth inning and received a standing ovation from the few remaining fans. It was his only appearance of the series in his first trip back to San Diego since signing with Milwaukee in the offseason.
The Brewers' big inning got going with Casey McGehee's one-out single and a double by Mike Cameron that knocked out San Diego starter Kevin Correia (7-9).
Joe Thatcher came in and gave up a single to Catalanotto to put the Brewers ahead 2-1. Rookie Luke Gregerson relieved Thatcher and after a strikeout, hit pinch-hitter Jody Gerut to load the bases. Lopez then hit a line drive down the right-field line to score three runs.
Counsell followed with an RBI single to make the score 6-1.
Correia was charged with three runs and two hits over 6 1-3 innings.
San Diego tied the game at 1-all in the sixth on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI double off reliever Claudio Vargas, which scored Everth Cabrera.
The Padres were held in check by Brewers starter Carlos Villanueva, who was making only his second start of the season after coming out of the bullpen in 43 games. Most of San Diego's baserunners came on four walks as Villanueva allowed just two hits through five shutout innings.
The outing was much better than Villanueva's other start on Tuesday, when the right-hander lost 8-3 against Washington. He allowed five runs on eight hits in four innings of that one.
NOTES: The Brewers won for the fifth time in their last 17 road games. ... Hoffman faced San Diego for just the third time in his career. His other two appearances came in 1993 with the Florida Marlins.
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