teased backup catcher
about his newfound acclaim.
and the rest of the Brewers didn't want any part of the attention.
Fielder and Rivera each hit two home runs, and the struggling Brewers built a big lead before hanging on to beat the
San Diego Padres
''I've been waiting the whole season to help the team,'' said Rivera, who'll catch Gallardo on Friday instead of
when the Brewers play Houston. ''It feels good that now I'll get a little bit more playing time, my confidence is pretty good
Milwaukee led 9-0 after three, but needed
to earn his 26th save.
''You never know how many runs you'll need,'' Macha said.
The Brewers built their big lead after Fielder hit a 465-foot shot off the Miller Park scoreboard and Braun homered as the
Brewers connected a season-high five times.
If Fielder or Braun were happy with their performances, they chose not to talk about them. The players stayed behind in the
dining area and didn't leave before the clubhouse closed an hour later despite being asked to be available by the public relations
The Brewers, who limped through the last six weeks after entering July with a two-game lead in the NL Central, won a day after
sending former All-Star shortstop J.J. Hardy to the minors, designating third baseman
for assignment and firing pitching coach
(8-8) won his fifth straight decision despite allowing 13 hits in 5 2-3 innings. He took a nine-run lead into the fifth inning,
but allowed three runs on five straight singles and a sacrifice fly.
led off the Padres sixth with a pinch-hit home run and
hit a two-run shot, his 30th this year, that made it 11-6.
San Diego rallied for three more runs off reliever
and a gaffe by second baseman
in the eighth that made it 12-9.
singled in the first run for his career-high fifth hit and Lopez dropped what would've been the third out to allow another
run to score.
followed with an RBI single, but
got out of the jam and Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth.
''When you're down 9-0 after three innings and you can get their closer in the game you've done a hell of a job fighting back,''
said. ''I'm proud of our guys.''
Fielder homered in the second and fifth innings, giving him 29 this season with 102 RBIs. The Brewers rattled Padres starter
(0-1), who allowed every man he put on to score in his short major league debut.
Fielder's towering shot - tied for the third-longest in the park's nine-year history - thudded loudly off the scoreboard to
the right of the pitch speed indicator, which read 93 mph.
''They're a good hitting team and I fell behind a lot of batters,'' Carrillo said. ''Prince is one of the best hitters in
baseball and I threw him a first-pitch fastball and he didn't miss it.''
Carrillo fell apart after that, plunking
before Rivera homered into the Brewers bullpen to make it 4-0.
The Brewers scored five more runs in the third.
and Braun followed with a homer into the left-field bleachers. Gerut's RBI double made it 7-0, chasing the shaken right-hander,
allowed Rivera's two-run shot to make it 9-0.
Fielder's second homer came in the fifth and Parra added an RBI single later in the inning that gave the Brewers an 11-3 lead.
''I thought it was fortunate that Prince came up and hit his second homer after they'd scored three,'' Macha said. ''Unfortunately,
I had to go to the bullpen and get Hoffman (after) you score 12 runs and you use almost everybody in your bullpen. But a win
is a win, so we'll take it.''
NOTES: Rivera hit his first two homers of the season. ... Brewers RHP
(oblique) is scheduled to make a rehab start at Single-A Wisconsin and Brewers RHP
(triceps) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday.