The Brewers had won six of their previous nine games, despite an
offensive slump that produced just 24 runs.
"You're really walking a tightrope," Brewers manager Ned Yost
said. "That puts so much pressure on a pitching staff. It's so
much easier for a starting pitcher to go out there with a three- or
four-run lead. If a guy gets on, you can still afford to make a
mistake and survive it."
That wasn't the case Friday night.
After the Brewers took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning, Jay
Payton tied it with a two-run single after the Brewers made two
errors on Brian Giles' ground ball. Loretta had a run scoring
single in the seventh and pinch hitter Sean Burroughs hit a two-run
homer in the ninth.
Lawrence (7-3) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and four hits,
and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season. He fanned
10 for the third time in his career, and first since Aug. 2, 2002,
"He pitched great," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had
great location and velocity and only got one pitch up."
Akinori Otsuka pitched a hitless eighth, and Trevor Hoffman
allowed an RBI double by Geoff Jenkins in the ninth before
finishing for his 13th save in 14 chances when Junior Spivey flied
out to right on a 3-0 fastball.
"You know he's trying to throw a fastball for a strike. If he
gets a fastball for a strike, he's not going to throw you another
one," Yost said. "So I thought the best opportunity for us right
there to get a big blow was to go ahead and let Junior swing 3-0,
get a fastball and see if he can put it in the seats and he almost
Davis did not allow a hit until Payton's infield single leading
off the fifth.
Burroughs homered off Luis Vizcaino with one out in the ninth to
give the Padres a 5-2 lead.
The Brewers had been overcoming their anemic offense with
stellar pitching, especially by a bullpen that allowed just one run
in 15 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers this week.
"We've been relying a lot on our pitchers," Grieve said.
"Hopefully when the offense does come around, the pitchers will
still be throwing like they are now."
Giles was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a
called strike three. He was replaced by Terrence Long. ... Padres
OF Ryan Klesko (rib) was placed on the 15-day DL. OF Jon Knott was
called up from Triple-A Portland. ... Brewers OF Scott Podsednik
sat out his first start in 85 straight games dating back to Aug.
14, 2003. He entered the game in the eight inning as a pinch hitter
and finished the game in center field. ... SS J.J. Hardy, the top
prospect in the Brewers' farm system, underwent arthroscopic
surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder Friday. Dr.
Lewis Yocum performed the operation in Los Angeles. Hardy can begin
rehab immediately, and the Brewers said they expect him to be ready
for spring training.