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Padres claim road win, series against Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Suddenly, being away from home isn't so bad for the San Diego Padres.
By holding off the Milwaukee Brewers 10-8 on Thursday at Miller Park, the Padres won a road series for the first time in more than two months and for just the third time this season.
"That's a good win for us," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The Brewers aren't going to roll over."
Yovani Gallardo's command problems led to an offensive barrage by the Padres, who collected 16 hits, including home runs by Carlos Quentin and Jesus Guzman, against the Brewers starter.
Quentin's 13th home run of the season gave the Padres a 3-0 lead in the third and San Diego opened the game up in the fourth, drawing three walks off Gallardo, who was chased from the game after Yonder Alonso's two-run single.
Gallardo lasted just 3 2/3 innings and was charged with six runs on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
"The ball was up in the zone from the first pitch of the game," said Gallardo, who was 2-0 with a 3.37 ERA in his three previous starts. "I was just catching too much of the plate.
"It's especially frustrating coming after the start I had against the Marlins. I was able to keep the ball down and mix in pitches, but then to go out there today and the ball is up in the zone ... I have to make an adjustment and I wasn't able to do it today."
The Brewers had a chance to claw their way back in the sixth. Jonathan Lucroy flied out to center to open the inning and Carlos Gomez followed with a home run to left, making it 6-2.
Edinson Volquez (8-8) walked Juan Francisco and gave up a single to Yuniesky Betancourt before giving way to reliever Dale Thayer.
Thayer walked Caleb Gindl to load the bases and pinch-hitter Logan Schafer made it 6-3 with a base hit into short center field.
That left the bases still loaded for Rickie Weeks, who bounced back to Thayer for an inning-ending and rally-killing double play.
In 5 1/3 innings, Volquez gave up three runs and six hits with three walks with five strikeouts.
The Padres added four runs in the seventh -- capped by Guzman's home run -- but Milwaukee rallied again, cutting the Padres' lead to two.
Norchika Aoki led off with his fifth home run of the season. Jean Segura grounded out to short, but four straight singles by Lucroy, Gomez, Francisco and Betancourt made it 10-6.
Caleb Gindl followed with a two-run double and pinch-hitter Khris Davis drew a walk, representing the tying run. Both Gindl and Davis advanced on a double-steal, but Rickie Weeks struck out and Will Venable made a diving catch of Aoki's fly ball to center, ending the inning.
"I caught the ball and saved the runs," Venable said. "That's all I cared about. (Coach Dave Roberts) had just moved me another three or four steps to my right -- otherwise I don't have a chance. Two more inches and I don't catch it."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke came out to discuss the play with umpire John Hirschbeck, who confirmed that it was a clean catch.
"I saw movement in the glove," Roenicke said. "That led me to believe that the ball hit the ground first, then bounced into his glove, but they said the replay showed he caught the ball; got his little finger underneath it and actually flipped the ball into his glove. That's pretty much what John told me out there and they were right on."
Huston Street picked up his 18th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
NOTES: Betancourt's home run was just his second since May 7. After hitting six in May, he has just 10 for the season. ... Guzman's seventh-inning pinch-homer was his third and the Padres' fifth of the season. ... Segura batted No. 3 in the lineup for the fifth consecutive game and went 0-for-4. Since moving down one spot in the order, Segura is 2-for-21 with one extra-base hit and two RBI. ... San Diego OF Cameron Maybin will likely move to the team's spring training facility this weekend to work on baseball activities as he continues to rehab a torn posterior cruciate ligament that has kept him out since June 9. ... After the game, Milwaukee optioned IF Sean Halton to Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers will select the contract of RHP Rob Wooten from Nashville Friday when they open a three-game series at Colorado.