SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers made themselves at home
in their first game at Petco Park, just like most visitors to San
Diego this season.
Geoff Jenkins had two RBI doubles, and three pitchers combined
on a five-hitter to lead the Brewers to a 3-1 win over the Padres
on Friday night.
The first four of the Brewers' eight hits went for extra bases
in the spacious downtown ballpark. The Padres, who've struggled all
season at home, have been outscored 18-5 in the first four games of
a six-game homestand, including three losses.
Petco Park played to the Brewers' strengths.
"It's kind of a pitcher's park and we've been pitching well,"
manager Ned Yost said. "And we don't have mashers, anyway. We've
got guys who drive the gaps. So it plays into our game a little
Victor Santos (3-2) got the win five days after losing to the
Padres in Milwaukee. He and two relievers held the top five batters
in the Padres' order to just one hit, an infield single by cleanup
hitter Phil Nevin in the fourth inning.
After Mike Adams threw one-hit ball for three scoreless innings,
including retiring seven straight batters, Dan Kolb pitched the
ninth for his 15th save in 16 opportunities.
"Our pitchers have been doing such a good job," Jenkins said.
"We've been getting some key hits. We haven't clicked offensively
as a team since the first couple of weeks. We've been doing little
things to win ballgames. "
Jenkins, bumped up in the order from cleanup to No. 3, doubled
in a two-run third inning and again in the fifth.
Gary Bennett, the Padres' catcher last year, walked leading off
the third and scored with two outs when Craig Counsell sliced a
ball to left field that went for a triple when Terrence Long
misplayed the carom off the padded wall down the line.
The Brewers took a 2-1 lead when Jenkins followed with a double
off the front of the short porch in right, with the ball rattling
around a bit before Brian Giles could track it down.
Jenkins gave the Brewers a 3-1 lead in the fifth when his
ground-rule double brought in Counsell, who reached on first
baseman Nevin's two-base error with two outs. Giles got a late jump
on Jenkins' fly ball, which bounced over the wall.
Manager Bruce Bochy said the Padres are pressing.
"It's hard to do what we've done since we've been home here --
one run a game except for when we went extra innings," he said,
referring to a 2-1 win in 10 innings against Colorado on Wednesday.
"With this lineup, it's tough to do," Bochy said. "We're a
better hitting club than this. Going through something like it,
it's gotten a bit contagious. We're pressing and trying a little
Nevin went 1-for-4 with an infield single.
"This is our home and we have to figure out a way to hit
here," Nevin said. "There's no way around it. Obviously, one run
a night isn't going to cut it."
Santos walked Long with two outs in the second and hit Ramon
Hernandez in the shoulder with a pitch before allowing rookie
Khalil Greene's RBI single to left.
Santos left after throwing 84 pitches in five innings, allowing
one run and three hits wile walking four and striking out three.
Dennis Tankersley (0-2) lost for the second time since being
recalled from Triple-A Portland, both to the Brewers. Tankersley
allowed six hits and three runs, two earned, in 6 1-3 innings, with
five strikeouts and three walks.
He lost 4-3 at Milwaukee on Saturday, when he allowed only three
hits in six innings but was hurt by three unearned runs.
San Diego's Sean Burroughs was a late scratch due to a
stomach virus. Jeff Cirillo replaced Burroughs at 3B and in the
leadoff spot. ... LHP David Wells is scheduled to come off the
disabled list and start Tuesday at Boston, meaning he'll also be
scheduled to start June 13 at Yankee Stadium. Wells spurned the
Yankees' offer of a minor league contract to sign with his hometown
Padres on Dec. 31. ... Lyle Overbay, bumped up one spot in the
Brewers' lineup to cleanup, doubled in his first at-bat and walked
in his final four plate appearances.