Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 5/28)

Game 1: Friday, May 28
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Game 2: Saturday, May 29
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Game 3: Sunday, May 30
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Padres 5

(27-21, 14-12 away)

Brewers 3

(24-22, 13-11 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 28, 2004

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: B. Lawrence (7-3)

    L: D. Davis (3-4)

    S: T. Hoffman (13)

    Lawrence ties career-high 10 strikeouts

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have managed to win recently despite struggling at the plate. Brian Lawrence put a stop to that.

    Lawrence tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in seven solid innings and Mark Loretta hit a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh, leading the San Diego Padres to a 5-3 win over Milwaukee Friday night.

    The Brewers had won six of their previous nine games, despite an offensive slump that produced just 24 runs.

    "You're really walking a tightrope," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "That puts so much pressure on a pitching staff. It's so much easier for a starting pitcher to go out there with a three- or four-run lead. If a guy gets on, you can still afford to make a mistake and survive it."

    That wasn't the case Friday night.

    After the Brewers took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning, Jay Payton tied it with a two-run single after the Brewers made two errors on Brian Giles' ground ball. Loretta had a run scoring single in the seventh and pinch hitter Sean Burroughs hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

    Lawrence (7-3) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and four hits, and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season. He fanned 10 for the third time in his career, and first since Aug. 2, 2002, against Cincinnati.

    "I felt as good as I've felt in a couple of years," said Lawrence, who is tied with Houston's Roger Clemens and Cincinnati's Paul Wilson for most wins in the NL.

    Lawrence gave up a two-run homer to Ben Grieve in the fourth after Craig Counsell reached on catcher's interference. It was his only costly mistake.

    "He pitched great," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had great location and velocity and only got one pitch up."

    Akinori Otsuka pitched a hitless eighth, and Trevor Hoffman allowed an RBI double by Geoff Jenkins in the ninth before finishing for his 13th save in 14 chances when Junior Spivey flied out to right on a 3-0 fastball.

    "You know he's trying to throw a fastball for a strike. If he gets a fastball for a strike, he's not going to throw you another one," Yost said. "So I thought the best opportunity for us right there to get a big blow was to go ahead and let Junior swing 3-0, get a fastball and see if he can put it in the seats and he almost did."

    With the game tied 2-2, Loretta gave the Padres a lead in the seventh inning when he drove a low pitch from Milwaukee starter Doug Davis (3-4) to left, scoring Ramon Hernandez from second.

    Davis did not allow a hit until Payton's infield single leading off the fifth.

    Burroughs homered off Luis Vizcaino with one out in the ninth to give the Padres a 5-2 lead.

    The Brewers had been overcoming their anemic offense with stellar pitching, especially by a bullpen that allowed just one run in 15 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers this week.

    "We've been relying a lot on our pitchers," Grieve said. "Hopefully when the offense does come around, the pitchers will still be throwing like they are now."

    Game notes


    Giles was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a called strike three. He was replaced by Terrence Long. ... Padres OF Ryan Klesko (rib) was placed on the 15-day DL. OF Jon Knott was called up from Triple-A Portland. ... Brewers OF Scott Podsednik sat out his first start in 85 straight games dating back to Aug. 14, 2003. He entered the game in the eight inning as a pinch hitter and finished the game in center field. ... SS J.J. Hardy, the top prospect in the Brewers' farm system, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder Friday. Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the operation in Los Angeles. Hardy can begin rehab immediately, and the Brewers said they expect him to be ready for spring training.

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