Brewers 6, Padres 3

Yovani Gallardo pitched well enough to win when he was off his


The Brewers ace pitched into the seventh inning and Milwaukee

rode an early offensive outburst to another win, beating the San

Diego Padres 6-3 Tuesday night for its ninth straight win.

Gallardo (2-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3

innings, with five walks and two strikeouts. Jonathan Lucroy hit a

two-run double in the Brewers’ five-run second inning.

”It was a struggle,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of

Gallardo’s start. ”His command, ball-strike ratio in the first

three innings – that wasn’t him. But I was glad to see somewhere in

there that he got it together. If he can keep us in ballgames and

win ballgames when he’s struggling it’s going to be a nice thing

when he gets going.”

Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five


Padres starter Clayton Richard (0-2), who missed his last start

due to the flu, allowed six runs on six hits in 1 2-3 innings.

”The Brewers had good at-bats against Clayton,” Padres manager

Bud Black said. ”They had a lot of opposite field hits and they

were taking what he was giving them. They strung some hits together

in the second after the leadoff walk and it kind of snowballed from


The Padres have lost five straight overall and seven straight at

home, their longest skid since a seven-game losing streak Aug.

26-Sept. 5, 2010, at Petco Park. They have scored six runs in their

five-game losing streak and are 5-15 on the season.

The nine-game winning streak is Milwaukee’s longest since it won

10 in a row Aug. 19-28, 2003. The Brewers started 2-8 this


The Brewers broke it open in the second on a two-run single by

Yuniesky Betancourt, a groundout by Segura and Lucroy’s double

after an intentional walk to Ryan Braun.

Gallardo’s victory was his second straight since he was arrested

on drunken-driving charges April 16. He left in the seventh after

issuing three straight walks, his last to Carlos Quentin to load

the bases with two out.

Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny came on and struck out Yonder Alonso

on three pitches to end the threat.

”My mechanics were a little bit off to be honest those few

innings,” Gallardo said. ”I was falling behind hitters, but I

felt a lot better as the game was going along and I could find my

rhythm except for that seventh inning.

”I got two quick outs and tried to just tried to finish the

inning too quickly and walked three straight batters,” said

Gallardo. ”But Gorzy picked me up. And the guys played terrific

defense behind me.”

Quentin, playing in his first game since his eight-game

suspension for his part in a brawl with the Dodgers and Zack

Greinke April 11, drove in the Padres’ first run with a single in

San Diego’s two-run first inning

The Padres went up 2-1 in the bottom of the first on Quentin’s

RBI single and another by Alonso after Braun’s infield grounder

scored Jean Segura, who had tripled.

Thad Weber pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of Richard

for the Padres.

Roenicke was tossed out of the game for arguing balls and

strikes by plate umpire Gary Darling in the fifth inning on a check

swing by Headley.

”Darling kicked me out for me saying that `he missed the call’,

said Roenicke of Headley’s check swing. ”It was a full swing. When

they make a mistake like that they should take a little bit. And

for me to get thrown out because I yelled that they missed it

that’s wrong.”

NOTES: Segura had three hits and turned an unassisted double

play in the fourth inning. … Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse said he has a

little soreness from dislocating his pinky finger on his left hand

Monday night, but said he expects to make his next scheduled start

which would be Sunday against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw.

However, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that Lohse’s start could

be pushed back to next Monday or Tuesday at home against the

Pirates. ”We could bump him back a day or two days. We’ll see how

he does and how he grabs a bat and see what happens there.” .

Brewers rookie RHP Hiram Burgos, who won his major league debut

April 20th against the Cubs, will take his spot in the regular

rotation on Friday against the Dodgers Friday. … Padres RHP

Edinson Volquez (0-3,8.84) will make his 11th start against the

Brewers on Wednesday night, against Milwaukee RHP Marco Estrada

(2-0, 4.50).