SAN DIEGO (AP) -- After giving up two runs in the first inning,
Adam Eaton appeared headed for yet another loss.
But Eaton regained his composure Sunday and pitched the San
Diego Padres to an 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, snapping
his six-game losing streak.
"To go through what he has gone through, I'm sure he was
thinking, 'Oh no, here we go again," Padres manager Bruce Bochy
said. "He did a real good job of settling down."
Phil Nevin hit a three-run homer, Ramon Hernandez also connected
and Sean Burroughs had a two-run double for the Padres, who moved
within two percentage points of first-place Los Angeles in the NL
The Padres visit Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium this week.
After allowing two runs in the first, Eaton (2-6) retired 15 of
16 batters. He gave up three hits in six innings, striking out five
and walking one.
"We got two quick ones on him but then he just slammed it
shut," Milwaukee's Scott Podsednik said. "We just couldn't seem
to get anything going. I know we're struggling, but you have to
give him credit, too."
Eaton's only previous win this season was an 8-3 victory against
the Dodgers on April 13. He lost six of his next nine starts.
"It was definitely nice to be on the winning side. More than
anything, I started pitching again," Eaton said.
He helped himself on offense, too, with two singles and a stolen
Nevin went 2-for-4. He homered in the seventh off reliever
Brooks Kieschnick to extend San Diego's lead to 8-3.
"I just happened to get a pitch on the inner half of the plate
that I was able to pull," Nevin said.
Trailing 2-0, San Diego scored four runs in the third, stringing
together five consecutive hits off Milwaukee starter Doug Davis
After singles by Hernandez and Khalil Greene, Eaton laid down a
two-strike bunt single to load the bases. Davis fielded the ball
near the third-base line but didn't throw to first even though it
appeared he had a play.
"I was a little off balance and didn't think I could get a good
throw off," Davis said.
With no outs, Burroughs poked a double down the left-field line
to drive in two runs. Mark Loretta hit an infield single, and Eaton
scored on an errant throw to first by Davis.
Brian Giles followed with a sacrifice fly.
Hernandez led off the fourth with his sixth homer of the season
for a 5-2 lead.
Davis went four innings, giving up five runs and eight hits.
Milwaukee scored twice in the first on an RBI single by Geoff
Jenkins and a sacrifice fly by Lyle Overbay.
The Brewers made it 5-3 in the seventh when Keith Ginter homered
off Linebrink. Otsuka retired Podsednik with two on to end the
Burroughs extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16
games. ... Brewers 2B Bill Hall is hitless in his last 17 at-bats.
... San Diego LHP David Wells was activated from the disabled list
and will start Tuesday in Boston against Pedro Martinez. To make
room for Wells, the Padres optioned pitcher Justin Germano to
Triple-A Portland. ... Hernandez's homer was the first by a Padres
player at home since May 15, a span of 213 plate appearances.