MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Finally, the home run helped the San Diego
Padres instead of hurt them.
"We've been missing that," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said.
"It won the game for us tonight, and that was what was hurting us,
the long ball. "The Mexican Connection game through."
Milwaukee scored three times in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead
but Gonzalez led off the next inning with his seventh homer.
Gonzalez's drive came on an 0-2 pitch from Matt Wise (3-3) and
extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games.
"An 0-2 change-up for a strike is pretty much a mistake,"
Gonzalez said. "It stayed up knee-high. When you throw a change-up
with two strikes up in the zone, most times, you're going to be
able to (hit) it."
Castilla followed with another 0-2 pitch that resulted in a
homer to left, his second of the season and first since April 12.
"Two of them in a row? That's the last thing you'd expect,"
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.
Added Wise: "I wouldn't take the pitch back. It was the
location of them. Against Castilla I was trying to go head-high
with a fastball possibly to set up a change-up, but I left it
nipple-high and he tomahawked it."
Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 13
"That would have been a tough one to let get away," Bochy
San Diego starter Chan Ho Park, trying to increase his career
record to 8-0 against Milwaukee, retired 12 in a row before he got
into trouble in the seventh.
With two outs and San Diego ahead 4-2, pinch-hitter Gabe Gross
walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Rickie Weeks singled in Gross to get Milwaukee within one and
chase Park from the game.
"He's normally really, really tough on us," Yost said.
Scott Cassidy (4-2) came in and gave up a two-run homer to Brady
Clark, the first batter he faced, for a 5-4 lead. It was Clark's
second homer of the season and first since April 22.
"They've been doing a great job down in the bullpen," Bochy
Milwaukee's Zach Jackson, making his first major league start,
allowed 10 hits and four runs, two earned, in 6 1-3 innings.
"I just wanted to give my team a chance to win," Jackson said.
Khalil Greene doubled and scored on Castilla's single in the
sixth to give San Diego a 4-2 lead.
Bill Hall hit a two-run shot for his 13th homer for Milwaukee.<
Notes:@ Left-handed pitcher Shawn Estes, on the disabled list
with a strained left elbow, had successful Tommy John surgery by
Dr. Lewis Yocum at the Surgery Center in Los Angeles. "It all went
well," Bochy said. ... The homers given up by Wise were the first
earned runs he allowed at home this season. ... Prince Fielder's
bat flew out of his hands on the first pitch he saw in the first
inning and struck a young girl in the head. The girl, sitting in
the first row behind Milwaukee's dugout on the first-base side,
walked out of the stadium along with medical personnel. ...
Milwaukee pitcher Rick Helling, on the disabled list with a
sprained right elbow since April 11, will start for Triple-A
Nashville on Saturday at New Orleans. He will then pitch next
Thursday against Omaha before returning to Milwaukee for further
evaluation. ... San Diego right fielder Brian Giles robbed Jackson
of a possible home run in his first major league at-bat in the
second inning. ... Milwaukee has used a major league-high 24
different pitchers this season, one shy of the club record.