Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

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

(28-22, 15-13 away)

Brewers 2

(25-23, 14-12 home)

    2:05 PM ET, May 30, 2004

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: I. Valdez (4-2)

    L: V. Santos (2-2)

    S: T. Hoffman (14)

    Padres 7-5 on road trip

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ismael Valdez made a small adjustment to his motion, and it made all the difference.

    Valdez pitched seven strong innings for his first victory in over a month, leading the San Diego Padres over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Sunday.

    "I kept the ball down and my pitches were working a lot better," he said.

    The change came after a bullpen session Thursday in which he realized what he was doing wrong.

    "My body was going toward first base instead of toward home plate," Valdez said, adding that he also moved to the left side of the rubber to help his balance.

    Valdez (4-2), who had not won since beating Montreal April 27 to run his record to 3-0, gave up nine hits and two runs. In his previous five starts, he had two losses and three no-decisions.

    "Tip your hat to Valdez," Keith Ginter said. He kept the ball down. He made pitches that kept us off balance."

    Valdez helped his own cause with an RBI ground-rule double with two outs in the sixth inning to make it 5-1 -- and got plenty of support from his teammates.

    Brian Giles had a two-run triple, Phil Nevin a solo homer and Terrence Long an RBI triple for the Padres, who finished their road trip 7-5.

    "I guess I'm lucky," Valdez said. "I really don't know how I hit that ball. I'm glad that I could help the team in any way."

    Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

    Milwaukee failed to score more than three runs for the eighth time in nine games. The Brewers beat San Diego 4-3 on Saturday getting just four hits.

    Manager Ned Yost had a simple explanation for the lack of runs.

    "We had opportunities. We got a bunch of hits but didn't drive in the runs," Yost said of the Brewers, who left 12 runners on base.

    Victor Santos (2-2) lost his second straight start as he gave up eight hits and five runs in six innings, but Yost was not down on him.

    "Vic kept us in the game. We had opportunities. We didn't pick upon those opportunities," he said.

    Nevin's fifth homer of the season, in the fifth inning, gave the Padres a 4-1 lead.

    "It was actually a good pitch, one you're not expecting to hit out of the park in that situation," Nevin said of Santos' 0-2 splitfinger fastball. "Maybe it was a little up. That one just happened to hit the barrel, to be honest with you."

    Giles' two-run triple to the wall in deep center in the third inning put San Diego ahead 3-1. Giles drove in Sean Burroughs and Jeff Cirillo, who both singled.

    Terrence Long had an RBI triple in the second to tie it 1-all after Milwaukee's Craig Counsell scored from third on an infield out by Geoff Jenkins for a 1-0 lead in the first.

    Counsell's RBI double in the seventh inning pulled the Brewers to 5-2 and chased Valdez. Scott Linebrink relieved Valdez with no outs but retired the side. ^Notes:@ Milwaukee on Monday begins a nine-game, 11-day road trip in Los Angeles. The club was 3-3 on its homestand. ... Brewer outfielder Jenkins extended his errorless streak to 181 games. The streak began June 4, 2002, against the Cubs. Fans at the game received a Jenkins bobblehead doll. ... Santos had a single in the fourth inning for his first hit of the season and second of his career. ... The Padres return home Monday after a long road trip to face Colorado. Adam Eaton (1-5) will take the mound for San Diego. ... Valdez's last start against Milwaukee was one to forget. On August 6, 2000, he gave up seven runs in 1 1-3 innings for Los Angeles.

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