Brewers rout Padres in series opener
AUG 26, 2014 1:35a ET
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers' domination of the NL West could go a long way in helping them win the NL Central.
Milwaukee has won 10 of 11 games on the road against NL West opponents this season. The Brewers' .910 winning percentage against the NL West is the highest road winning percentage by any team against any single division this season.
Lohse (12-7) allowed a run and four hits over six innings in making his first start since spraining his right ankle on Aug. 13. He beat the Padres for the fourth straight time.
"The ankle was fine," Lohse said. "It was one of those things where I felt really good and really strong. And we kept putting up runs. . . . I'm not used to having almost two weeks off late in the season. Everything else has been feeling good but I just needed a little break to get ahead of the ankle soreness."
Eric Stults (6-14) was charged with four runs and nine hits in five innings as he lost his first game in August to snap his three-game winning streak.
"We did a really good job offensively today," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Everybody seemed to chip in and that is always nice to see."
Lohse skipped his last turn in the rotation after getting hurt against the Cubs. But he was efficient in striking out five as the Brewers stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.
When he struggled early with his fastball, he turned to his off-speed pitches in stifling the Padres.
"He looked like he settled down and got things working," Roenicke said. "He had a good change up, real good curve balls, nice sliders. I was happy to see him get back into that rhythm again."
Ramirez's 14th home run came in the fifth inning off an 87 mph fastball from Stults and extended Milwaukee's edge to 4-1.
The Brewers broke the game open with a three-run sixth en route to their fifth straight road win.
Braun's 17th home run in the third inning gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead, when he hit it into the left-center seats. Martin Maldonado added a run-scoring single for a 3-1 advantage.
"They were on tonight and they are an aggressive group," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They have power, they don't walk much or strike out much. It's a good offensive group.
Braun left the game in seventh inning with a sore right knee, but he's expected to play on Tuesday.
The Padres tied the game 1-1 in the second but the Brewers got off easy.
Alexi Amarista sliced a triple down the left-field line to score Cameron Maybin after he singled. But Amarista was retired when Stults' squeeze bunt failed as Lohse's toss to Maldonado beat Amarista.
Will Venable then struck out to end the inning, stranding two runners.
The Padres have lost eight of their last 11 games.