Padres take game, series

The San Diego Padres used a combination of small ball and long ball to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 on Sunday to take the series 2-1. Adam Eaton won his first game since April 13 and had a key bunt single that headed a rally. Phil Nevin added a three run homer. With a Los Angeles loss, San Diego again has a share of the division lead in the NL West.

A bases loaded single from Sean Burroughs with nobody out tied the game at 2-2. Adam Eaton had setup the situation when he laid down a bunt with Khalil Greene on first and Ramon Hernandez on second, both on from consecutive singles. Eaton dropped a perfect bunt down and Milwaukee pitcher Doug Davis chose to not even throw the ball to first base.

Mark Loretta followed Eaton's lead and dropped a bunt on the third base side that Davis threw away down the first base line and the error brought Eaton around, 3-2 Padres. It was ruled a single for Loretta, but no RBI. Brian Giles followed with a sacrifice fly to left that scored Burroughs. Loretta tried to make it to third on the play but was thrown out by Geoff Jenkins. The troubling part, Phil Nevin doubled right after that.

The Brewers scored two runs in the first when Scott Podsednik opened the game with a single, Craig Counsell walked, Jenkins singled in Podsednik and Lyle Overbay hit a sacrifice fly.

Eaton went six innings and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out five. He got his first win since April 13, going 0-6 with three no decisions in between wins.

Ramon Hernandez hit a one out homer to the deepest part of the field in the fourth inning. Podsednik leaped up against the wall and at first appeared to catch the ball but came down empty. Hernandez now has six homers on the season.

Keith Ginter got one back for the Brewers in the seventh with a homer that was without debate, landing in the upper level of left field.

Phil Nevin, who missed a homer by a foot earlier in the game, hit a three run homer in the bottom of the seventh to extend the Padres lead to 8-3.

Notes:

Jon Knott went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout in his first start as a Major Leaguer. He has yet to have a hit in five at bats this year.

Sean Burroughs extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a base hit.

The Padres had singled 16 straight times in the series before Nevin's double in the third.

The Padres won the season series 4-2, going 2-1 in Milwaukee and at Petco Park.

The Padres will have a travel day on Monday before meeting the Boston Red Sox. David Wells is 10-10 in his career at Fenway Park and 14-20 with a 4.96 ERA against the Red Sox overall. Wells last pitched May 16, when he allowed three runs in a 4-2 loss to the Cubs.

"David Wells makes us a better rotation," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's going to be good to have him back."

Jake Peavy will throw for the first time Tuesday in Boston, a soft-toss session that will be followed by a more strenuous exercise if he feels no discomfort.

The Padres will make the first overall selection in tomorrow's First-Year Player Draft, scheduled to begin at 10:00 am PST. This will mark the fifth time in franchise history that the Friars will have the number one pick, having previously selected at the top of the draft in 1970 (Mike Ivie), 1972 (Dave Roberts), 1974 (Bill Almon) and most recently in 1988 (Andy Benes)...the selection rotation is determined by the club's reverse order of finish in their respective leagues, at the close of the previous season. The draft will have 50 rounds and will conclude after all 30 teams have passed on a selection or after all 50 rounds have been completed.

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