MILWAUKEE (AP) -- After striking out three times, John Vander Wal
was just trying to put the ball in play with the score tied in the
He did more than that, hitting a two-out homer to give the
Milwaukee Brewers an 8-7 victory over San Diego on Tuesday night
and sending the Padres to their season-high seventh consecutive
"If you try to hit the ball out of the ballpark, you aren't
going to do it," Vander Wal said. "I was unhappy with the three
strikeouts, but I'm happy I came through in the end."
Wes Helms hit a three-run homer for Milwaukee.
Vander Wal drove a 3-1 changeup from Matt Herges (1-1) over the
right-center fence with two outs in the ninth for his 400th career
RBI and sixth homer of the year.
"It was up," Herges said. "Hindsight, I probably should have
thrown a fastball. We gave them a million changeups throughout the
The Padres, who have dropped 15 of 17, tied it on Sean
Burroughs' two-out RBI triple in the ninth off closer Mike DeJean
(2-3). Burroughs hit a liner to left, Geoff Jenkins missed on a
diving attempt and the ball rolled all the way to the wall.
"He was just doing everything he could do to win the game right
there," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "He gave his full-out
effort. It was hard to fault his effort."
Ramon Vazquez reached on a one-out error by second baseman Eric
Young and scored an unearned run on Burroughs' triple. It was
DeJean's third blown save in 11 chances. He retired Dave Hansen to
get out of the inning.
The Brewers have won four of five after beginning their 13-game
homestand with four consecutive losses to the Chicago Cubs.
"It just seems like you can battle and battle and things don't
go your way," Yost said. "Now, things are starting to go our
Young's RBI single with two outs in the eighth gave Milwaukee a
Rookie Xavier Nady homered and had a career-high four RBIs for
San Diego (13-33), which has the worst record in the NL. Nady's
two-run homer, his seventh, gave the Padres a 6-5 lead in the
sixth. He finished with three hits.
The Brewers tied it in the bottom half on a single by
pinch-hitter Alex Sanchez.
Milwaukee took a 4-0 lead in the first against Adam Eaton,
making his first start since going on the disabled list May 4 with
a groin strain. Richie Sexson's RBI single gave the Brewers a 1-0
lead and Helms extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a
three-run homer, his seventh, to make it 4-0.
San Diego tied it at 4 in the third. Milwaukee starter Ben
Sheets walked Eaton to open the inning and Vazquez followed with
his third homer of the season to make it 4-2. After Keith Lockhart
and Burroughs each hit singles, Nady drove them both home with a
two-run double to make it 4-4.
"They're fighting," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "They
fought with all they've got. That's a good sign."
The Brewers took a 5-4 lead in the fifth on Jenkins' RBI
Attendance was only 11,720. ... Padres 1B Ryan Klesko was
held out of the starting lineup with an ankle strain. He pinch-hit
and walked in the eighth. ... Brewers SS Royce Clayton is batting
.126 (14-for-109) since April 15. ... Eaton is the first of nine
Padres players to come off the DL this season. ... Two Brewers on
the DL, LHP Valerio De Los Santos (tendinitis in his pitching
shoulder) and OF Jeffrey Hammonds (right ankle sprain) will go to
extended spring training in Phoenix on Thursday. RHP Todd Ritchie,
on the DL with fatigue in his right shoulder, will pitch in the
bullpen Thursday. ... Padres catchers have thrown out only five of
34 runners attempting to steal. ... The Brewers are 14-14 at night
and 3-15 during the day.