Brewers 5, Padres 2

Mark Kotsay drove a flyball to deep right field and wasn’t at

all surprised that he had to settle for a double that brought in

the tying run rather than a three-run home run.

Kotsay had three hits and drove in two runs, and Yovani Gallardo

struck out nine to win his third straight start as the Milwaukee

Brewers, the NL’s worst road team, won 5-2 Wednesday night over the

San Diego Padres.

Even with the win, the Brewers are only 8-16 on the road. The

Padres dropped to 7-15 at Petco Park, the NL’s worst home mark.

Runs have been tough on the road for the Brewers, who

nonetheless seemed to be at home at the Padres’ spacious downtown

ballpark.

”Hitting is contagious and once you usually get that first one,

then things kind of fall in place,” Kotsay said. ”Fortunately we

had some hits with runners in scoring position and it felt good to

get that going tonight.”

Kotsay, who was with the Padres from 2001-03, had an RBI single

in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth. Corey Hart also had

three hits.

Although Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer in the fourth, the

Padres settled back into their low-scoring ways at Petco Park. This

was their first game back after scoring at least six runs six times

while going 4-4 on a trip through Milwaukee, Colorado and

Arizona.

Gallardo (5-2) held San Diego to two runs and five hits in six

innings while walking three. John Axford pitched the ninth for his

10th save in 12 chances. He allowed two singles with one out before

striking out Chase Headley and Brad Hawpe to end it.

Ludwick’s shot off Gallardo gave the Padres a 2-1 lead in the

fourth. His eighth, it hit off the front of the lower balcony on

the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field

corner. Hawpe was aboard on a leadoff single.

The Brewers jumped ahead 3-2 in the sixth when five straight

batters reached with one out. With runners on first and second,

Kotsay hit a drive off the out-of-town scoreboard on the right

field wall for an RBI double that tied the game. Yunisky Betancourt

was intentionally walked to load the bases, and starter Dustin

Moseley (1-6) made way for Ernesto Frieri. Frieri’s first pitch

grazed Jonathan Lucroy’s jersey, bringing in the go-ahead run.

Frieri struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Kotsay didn’t allow himself to think how far his drive might

have been at Miller Park.

”Not at all. I know that I was much more happier at Qualcomm in

a Padres uniform than I have been at Petco, as well as a lot of

former teammates that I’ve played with,” Kotsay said, referring to

the Padres’ former home.

”When it left the bat I thought it had a chance but knowing

this park, it plays so big that I was running full speed,” he

said.

Milwaukee added two more in the seventh, on Ryan Braun’s RBI

double and Prince Fielder’s RBI single. Kotsay got his third hit, a

single, after reliever Luke Gregerson dropped a foul ball. It

appeared that first baseman Hawpe’s knee grazed Gregerson’s head as

he also went for the ball.

Moseley allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits in 5 1-3

innings. He struck out three and walked two.

The Brewers scored an unearned run in the fourth, on Kotsay’s

single.

Manager Bud Black said the Padres had some good at-bats against

Gallardo.

”We kept him working through the whole night,” Black said.

”It elevated his pitch count and he was only able to go six. We

had some chances but couldn’t get that big knock.”

NOTES: Former big league closer Trevor Hoffman, who’s now

working in San Diego’s front office, and former Padres reliever

Akinori Otsuka will sign autographs prior to Friday night’s game

between the Mariners and Padres to raise money for Japan disaster

relief. According to the Padres, the tsunami stopped one mile from

Otsuka’s home. … Ludwick has four homers and 13 RBIs in his last

seven games. … San Diego’s Jason Bartlett failed to drive in a

run for the first time in 10 games. He had tied the club record

with an RBI in nine straight games.