Milwaukee Brewers' Khris Davis (18) is congratulated in the
dugout after hitting a home run during the fourth inning.
MILWAUKEE — Jean Segura hit a
three-run homer, and the Milwaukee Brewers broke out of an
offensive slumber at home to support Kyle Lohse in a 5-2 win
over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
Segura homered for a 4-1 lead in the second. Khris Davis added a
solo shot for the Brewers, who have won five of six and are a
big league-best 16-6.
Lohse (4-1) allowed five hits and no walks in seven innings.
Brewers batters backed him with nine hits at Miller Park, where
the team had been averaging just two runs and six hits entering
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth
save, his 313th over 12 full big league seasons.
Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross, right, waits for a
ball as Milwaukee Brewers' Jean Segura rounds the bases
after hitting a three-run home run during the second inning.
Tyson Ross (2-3) allowed a
season-high five earned runs in six innings.
Ross regressed after striking out nine and shutting out the
Giants over eight innings in his previous start last week. He
had little to celebrate Wednesday, a day after he turned 27.
Milwaukee was aggressive from the outset and made solid contact
early in counts. Ryan Braun doubled home a run in the first on a
1-1 pitch, the same count on which eighth-place hitter Segura
hit a 385-homer off the green facade over the left-field wall.
Waiting in the on-deck circle, Lohse pumped his right fist in
the air as Segura's drive cleared the fence. On the mound, the
right-hander held the Padres to one earned run until the bullpen
shut down San Diego over the final two innings.
Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross throws during the
San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the
first off of Seth Smith's sacrifice fly, but was otherwise
limited until pinch-hitter Nick Hundley's RBI single with two
outs in the seventh.
After four straight one-run games, the Brewers got a relative
breather. Manager Ron Roenicke said it was only a matter of time
before his squad broke out of its hitting slump at home — and
his players backed him up with four runs and five hits in the
first two innings.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse throws during
the first inning.
Getting the 24-year-old Segura
going will help. Segura, who was dropped from second to eighth
in the order after starting the season hitting .232, hit his
first homer since July 30, spanning 269 plate appearances.
NOTES: A fan sitting in the front row next to the Brewers
dugout left with an ice pack on her right wrist after apparently
being hit by a bat that flew out of the hands of Padres
pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal in the seventh on a strikeout. ...
Padres manager Bud Black said RHP Josh Johnson is scheduled for
elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time in his
career and will miss the entire season. Johnson was placed on
the DL before the season began. ... Brewers RHP Brandon Kintzler
(rotator cuff) had a 40-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and
appears on track to return from the DL on Friday. The setup man
has been sidelined since April 9. ... The Padres will send LHP
Eric Stults (1-2) to the hill when they begin a three-game
series in Washington on Thursday. ... The Brewers are off
Thursday and plan to start RHP Matt Garza (0-2) at home against
the Cubs on Friday.