Loretta executes suicide squeeze after Brewers' error


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A bizarre throwing error set up Mark Loretta's
suicide squeeze in the ninth inning, giving the Milwaukee Brewers a
4-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

Ronnie Belliard led off the inning with a double, chasing
reliever Alan Embree (3-3). After Trevor Hoffman came in, Jose
Hernandez hit a ball off Hoffman's glove, first baseman Ryan Klesko
fielded it and threw to Ramon Vazquez at first. The throw knocked
his glove off and both runners advanced a base on the play.

After Hoffman retired Luis Lopez, Loretta bunted down the
first-base line to score Ronnie Belliard with one out.

Mike DeJean pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 11
chances. Luis Vizcaino (3-1) pitched a one-hit eighth for the win.

San Diego starter Brian Lawrence pitched 7 1/3 innings, striking
out a career-high 10 batters and limiting Milwaukee to six hits.

Ben Sheets gave up three earned runs and seven hits in six
innings for Milwaukee.

The Brewers tied the game at 3-all in the eighth. With one out,
Young singled to center, chasing Lawrence. Jeffrey Hammonds greeted
reliever Steve Reed with a single to left, moving Young to third.
Richie Sexson grounded out to short to score Young.

Embree came in and struck out Geoff Jenkins, stranding Hammonds
on second.

In the fifth, the Padres took a 3-2 lead. Mark Kotsay hit a
grounder to the right of the mound that Sheets threw away for a
two-base error, allowing Kotsay to reach third. With one out,
Klesko was intentionally walked and Ron Gant followed with an RBI
single up the middle.

San Diego tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the fourth. Ryan
Klesko walked and Deivi Cruz extended his hitting streak to 14
games with a one-out single to center that Sanchez fielded but
threw wildly to third, allowing Klesko to reach third and Cruz to
advance to second.

The Brewers scored a run in the first after Alex Sanchez walked,
Eric Young singled and Hammonds drove in a run with a single to

The Padres tied the game 1-1 in the second with a two-out single
by D'Angelo Jimenez followed by a triple by Ramon Vazquez.

The Padres were without the services of Phil Nevin, who is out
for at least six weeks with a fractured left humerus. San Diego
also played without slumping regular outfielders Bubba Trammell
(0-for-25) and Ray Lankford (2-for-24), who were given a rest.

Kotsay finished 3-5 with three singles and Jimenez went 2-3 with
a run scored.

Game notes
Sexson's 0-3 ended his eight game hitting streak. Sheets
has only allowed four home runs in 71 innings. Jimenez's two hits
gives him seven hits in his last 12 at-bats after going 3 for his
last 30. The Padres set a franchise record in May for double plays
with 38 and started June off with two double plays. Kotsay as a leadoff hitter is 11-for-20 (.550) in five games.