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Padres shutout Brewers, 5-0

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Associated Press
May 2, 2012
— Jeff Suppan pitched five solid innings to win his first game since 2010, leading the San Diego Padres to a 5-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

Suppan, called up from Triple-A Tucson to start in place of the injured Cory Luebke, had not pitched or won in the majors since Oct. 3, 2010. The 37-year-old Suppan limited the Brewers to four singles, walked two and struck out two as he combined with three relievers for the shutout.


It was Suppan's first victory since a 6-1 win over Colorado as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals on the final day of the 2010 regular season.


Cameron Maybin and Jose Guzman each drove in two runs as the Padres won their first series of the season by taking two of three from Milwaukee. The Brewers have lost five of seven.


The Padres threw their second straight shutout, the first time since July 2-3, 2010, against Houston. San Diego beat the Brewers 2-0 on Tuesday night.


Ernesto Frieri pitched the sixth, Luke Gregerson threw two innings and rookie Dale Thayer pitched the ninth to complete the shutout.


Suppan, who spent the entire 2011 season with Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate Omaha, gave up consecutive, one-out singles to Corey Hart and Jonathan Lucroy in both the second and fourth innings.


The Brewers loaded the bases in both innings, but Suppan escaped each time.


In the second, Suppan struck out Yovani Gallardo (1-3) to end the inning, Suppan got Travis Ishikawa to hit into a double play to get out of the fourth inning.


Suppan got the start in place of Luebke, who went on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left elbow.


Gallardo allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked four.


With one out in the third, Mark Kotsay doubled in a run. After San Diego loaded the bases with two outs, Maybin lined a two-run single to right field. The Padres loaded the bases again before Gallardo retired Andy Parrino on a fly out.


Guzman added a pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth off Vinnie Chulk.


Notes: Suppan, who played for Milwaukee from 2007-10, has a 13-2 record against the Brewers, winning his last seven decisions. . Suppan, who made his major-league debut with the Boston Red Sox in 1995, is playing for his seventh big league club. ... To make room for Suppan on the 40-man roster, the Padres moved IF/OF Kyle Blanks (strained left shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. . Suppan is the oldest San Diego starting pitcher since Greg Maddux, 42, made 28 starts in 2008. . San Diego RHP Anthony Bass (1-3, 2.30 ERA) will face RHP Josh Johnson (0-3, 5.34) in the opener of a three-game series Friday night at home against Miami. ... Brewers RHP Zack Greinke (3-1, 3.94) faces RHP Tim Lincecum (2-2, 5.74) Friday night at San Francisco in the first of three games.



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