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Padres enjoy hit parade

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Associated Press
August 12, 2009
— Adrian Gonzalez had a career-high six hits, and the San Diego Padres had their best offensive output of the season in beating the struggling Milwaukee Brewers, 13-6, on Tuesday night.

Gonzalez paced the 22-hit attack as the Padres had at least two hits in every inning except the fourth when they were retired in order. Gonzalez singled in the first, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth, and doubled in the third. It was first time a San Diego player had six hits in a nine-inning game and fourth time overall.


Chase Headley and Kevin Kouzmanoff each had three hits, and Will Venable and Gonzalez had three RBIs apiece.


San Diego won for the 10th time in 14 games, scoring a season high for runs against Milwaukee—and starter Braden Looper—for the second time in 12 days.


On July 31, Looper gave up six runs and 10 hits over five innings, but ended up with a no-decision in an 11-7 loss to the Padres.


Clayton Richard (2-0) went six innings and allowed four runs on six hits, struck out three and walked two, facing Milwaukee for the second time this month in his third start for the Padres.


He settled down after allowing Mike Cameron’s solo home run in the first and Felipe Lopez’s RBI single in the second and allowed just one hit from the third inning until the sixth, when Bill Hall hit a two-run homer.


The left-hander was one of four pitchers acquired from the White Sox at the trade deadline for Jake Peavy.


The Brewers, who just finished 4-5 on a nine-game road trip, slipped two games under .500 (55-57). It was the most hits they have allowed since the Los Angeles Dodgers had 18 en route to a 17-4 victory on Aug. 4.


The Padres chased Looper (10-6) and then pummeled reliever Mitch Stetter in the sixth when they sent 11 men to the plate and broke the game open with six runs on four hits, two errors and two intentional walks.


With two on, catcher Jason Kendall pounced on Richard’s bunt and bounced a throw to third that allowed a run to score. Looper was pulled after intentionally walking Everth Cabrera.


Gonzalez greeted Stetter with a two-run single. Headley knocked in a run with a shot off the glove of third baseman Casey McGehee, who was given an error. After Stetter intentionally walked Kouzmanoff, Venable ripped a two-run single.


Venable and Henry Blanco hit solo shots in the second off Looper who leads the majors with 29 home runs allowed. He went five innings, allowed seven runs—five earned—on 11 hits.


Kouzmanoff’s RBI single in the fifth put the Padres ahead to stay.


Tony Gywnn, acquired from Milwaukee for Jody Gerut on May 21, returned to Miller Park for the first time since the trade. Pinch hitting for Richard, he doubled and scored in the seventh.


The Padres knocked reliever Jesus Colome out of the game in the eighth when Cabrera lined a run-scoring hit that deflected off the pitcher’s hand. Colome has a contusion of his right pinky finger.



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