SAN DIEGO (AP) Tyson Ross pitched 6 1-3 strong innings, Abraham Almonte homered and drove in two runs, and the San Diego Padres beat Milwaukee 4-1 on Tuesday night to snap the Brewers’ five-game road winning streak.
Ross (12-12), the Padres’ lone All-Star, extended his franchise record with his 13th consecutive quality start. He gave up one run and four hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Ross is 6-6 with a 1.96 ERA during his quality start streak, which dates back to June 21. He has 86 strikeouts and 24 walks in that stretch.
Ross was lifted after walking Scooter Gennett with one out in the seventh. Reliever Nick Vincent came in and got Khris Davis to hit into a double play.
Jimmy Nelson (2-5) worked five innings for Milwaukee and allowed four runs – two earned – on five hits, with seven strikeouts in losing his third straight decision.
Despite falling for the fourth time in six games, Milwaukee maintained its 1 1/2-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central as the Cardinals lost 5-2 to Pittsburgh.
The Brewers pulled to 4-1 in the fourth, thanks to doubles by Jonathan Lucroy and Gennett. Gennett advanced to third after Davis’ two-out walk, but Davis was thrown out by Yasmani Grandal when trying to reach second on a pitch in the dirt.
The Padres scored three times in the third, as the Brewers’ defense let Nelson down.
The inning’s one earned run came on Almonte’s single which drove in Ross, after he led off with a double. Seth Smith followed with a potential double-play grounder to Gennett, but his relay to Jean Segura was mishandled for an error. Grandal’s single drove in Almonte and Smith scored on Jedd Gyorko’s groundout for a 4-0 lead.
The Padres went ahead 1-0 in the first inning when Almonte hit his second home run of the season.
Padres: SS Everth Cabrera (strained left hamstring) continues to do baseball drills but he’s not expected to play for another week.
Brewers: RHP Matt Garza, on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, threw a bullpen session and depending on how he feels on Wednesday, among the possibilities is him joining the rotation.
Brewers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 3.38 ERA), who has made 17 quality starts this season, needs five strikeouts to eclipse Ben Sheets (1,206) as the franchise’s all-time leader.
Padres: RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 3.44) will make his 11th career start and sixth at Petco Park. Despaigne has lost his last two decisions.