Series: Game 2 of 3

Milwaukee leads 2-0 (as of 5/20)

Game 1: Monday, May 19
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Game 2: Tuesday, May 20
San Diego7Final
Game 3: Wednesday, May 21
San Diego0Final

Padres 7

(13-33, 6-17 away)

Brewers 8

(17-29, 9-16 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 20, 2003

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: M. DeJean (2-3)

    L: M. Herges (1-1)

    Vander Wal's homer in ninth wins it for Brewers

    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 ninth inning.

    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 loss.

    "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 night."

    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 way."

    Young's RBI single with two outs in the eighth gave Milwaukee a 7-6 lead.

    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 single.

    Game notes
    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.

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