Brewers move into first place
Jett Bandy singled in the go-ahead run with one out in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Wednesday night to take over first place in the NL Central.
The Brewers won for the fifth time in six games. They overtook St. Louis, which lost to Boston.
The Brewers had only two hits going into the ninth before getting four straight with one out against reliever Brandon Maurer (0-3). Travis Shaw, who missed the previous two games with a swollen right index finger, started the rally with a double to left. Domingo Santana reached on a single that glanced off the glove of leaping shortstop Erick Aybar, and Bandy hit a bouncer up the middle to score Shaw. Keon Broxton singled to load the bases and Santana scored on Orlando Arcia’s groundout.
Jacob Barnes (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win and Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his second save.
The Padres wasted a brilliant effort by Jhoulys Chacin, who struck out eight in seven innings, retiring 19 straight batters at one point. Chacin left an inning after the Padres tied it at 1.
The right-hander fell behind 1-0 after four batters. He walked leadoff hitter Eric Sogard, allowed a single to Hernan Perez and then a one-out RBI single by Shaw.
He then settled in and retired 19 straight until walking Bandy with two outs in the seventh. He struck out Broxton to finish his night’s work. He walked two.
San Diego tied it at 1 against Matt Garza with two outs in the sixth. Wil Myers beat out an infield single to deep shortstop and scored when Yangervis Solarte’s lazy fly ball fell just in front of diving center fielder Broxton.
Garza held San Diego to a run and four hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one.