Red-hot Brewers use five-run first to beat Padres

Updated: April 23, 2013


The Milwaukee Brewers scored five runs in the
first inning and defeated the San Diego Padres, 7-1, on Monday to pick up
their eighth straight win.

Ryan Braun had a two-run homer and drove in three runs while Yuniesky
Betancourt hit a three-run shot for the Brewers, who won the first game of a
three-game set.

“I just enjoy coming back to the West Coast, it’s always rejuvenating for me,”
said Braun. “It feels like home. Obviously, it’s still a challenging ballpark
to hit in, but I think I’ve enjoyed hitting here over the course of my career
and as a team, I think we’ve enjoyed getting the chance here to come out and

Kyle Lohse (1-1) was having a solid start, allowing just one run on five hits
and a walk in five innings but in the sixth, as he was reaching first on a
bunt, he bumped into Yonder Alonso at the base and left the game with an
apparent left hand injury.

Jason Marquis (1-2) lasted just 4 2/3 innings, surrendering seven runs on four
hits and four walks. Anthony Bass, who came on in relief of Marquis, drove in
the lone run for the Padres, who were swept by the Giants over the weekend.

“Today, we got behind the 8-ball early,” said Padres manager Bud Black. “But
overall, we outhit them, we made some good plays in the field. Just a complete
game, we’re not playing. Now we got to do that more often, we just can’t do it
here and there.”

Braun put the Brewers on the board with a two-run blast that plated Rickie
Weeks. After Jonathan Lucroy struck out, Logan Schafer and Carlos Gomez were
both hit by a pitch, setting up Betancourt’s shot.

In the fifth, Jean Segura drew a leadoff walk and stole second base. Following
a walk for Weeks, Braun hit a liner to left, scoring Segura. Four batters
later, Marquis was replaced by Bass, but he threw a wild pitch with Betancourt
batting and Weeks reached home to make it a 7-0 game,

The Padres got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Jedd Gyorko hit a
leadoff double and reached third after Nick Hundley fouled out to right. Bass
then grounded out to the shortstop but was able to score Gyorko.

Alfredo Figaro pitched the final two innings for the Brewers, fanning three
while allowing three hits to end the game.

Game Notes

The last time the Brewers won eight straight games was August 5-13, 2008 …
The Padres were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on
base … Everth Cabrera stole his sixth base of the season, tied with Andrew
McCutchen for most in the National League … Padres batters struck out 10
times … San Diego has lost six straight at home.