So would another strong outing from Yovani Gallardo .
Gallardo goes for a third straight winning decision Thursday in the finale of this four-game set.
After news broke Monday that 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun would be suspended for the remainder of the season for violations of Major League Baseball's drug policy, the Brewers (42-58) dropped the first two games of this series, getting four hits in each.
Milwaukee, though, won 3-1 on Wednesday behind All-Star Carlos Gomez 's career high-tying four hits and two RBIs."We really needed a little bit of good news after this week," starter Kyle Lohse said. "We have to focus on the job we have to do. This season has not turned out the way I or anyone on this team thought it would. But we have to focus on the next two months and go out and win as many games as we can."
The Brewers conclude their seven-game homestand with Gallardo (8-8, 4.58 ERA) looking to build on a much-needed quality start. The right-hander threw 6 1-3 innings of five-hit ball in Saturday's 6-0 win over Miami after going 1-2 with an 8.53 ERA in his previous four starts.
"I thought the rhythm was really good in his delivery," manager Ron Roenicke told the Brewers' official website. "That's the guy that we need to carry on with."
Despite his struggles and career-worst ERA, Gallardo could be on the move with Wednesday's trade deadline approaching.
Even if he sticks around, the Brewers may start shipping off more players after dealing closer Francisco Rodriguez to Baltimore on Tuesday for third base prospect Nick Delmonico.
San Diego (45-57) figures to be a seller as well, but it's hard to see anyone showing much interest in Edinson Volquez (7-8, 5.73).
Volquez has the highest ERA of any qualifying NL starter and has lasted six innings just twice in his last seven starts. He struggled to finish five in his last outing, giving up three runs in a 5-3 win at St. Louis on Saturday."It was tough," said Volquez, who had a 10.45 ERA while losing his previous two starts. "... My pitching count (107) was a little bit high."
The right-hander did have his best start of the season against Milwaukee on April 24, throwing seven shutout innings in a 2-1 home win that prevented a Brewers sweep.
Rickie Weeks is 2 for 23 against Padres pitching this season, but his .412 average (7 for 17) off Volquez is the second-highest among those with 15 at-bats. Two of those hits were homers.
San Diego's Nick Hundley has homered in the past two games in this series. He has three hits - including two doubles - in six-at bats versus Gallardo.
|San Diego Padres|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 23, 2013||Donovan Hand||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right hand|
|July 21, 2013||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Sore left elbow|
|July 09, 2013||Norichika Aoki||Day-to-Day||Left elbow tightness|
|July 07, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||15-Day DL||Sprained left knee|
|July 06, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left knee injury|
|July 02, 2013||Wily Peralta||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Will Venable certainly makes the most out of playing at Miller Park.
Venable doubled twice Thursday, raising his career average at Milwaukee's home ballpark to .394. The San Diego center fielder also made a key catch in preserving the Padres' 10-8 win over the Brewers.
After the Brewers scored five times in the seventh inning, Norichika Aoki came up with two outs and runners on second and third.
Right before the play, Padres coach Dave Roberts shifted Venable. Aoki had homered earlier.
"I knew it was going to be close," Venable said. "Dave had just moved me about four more steps over, so if he hadn't done that, it would not have been close. Two more inches and I don't think I have a play."
Carlos Quentin and Jesus Guzman homered for the Padres, who collected 16 hits.
Edinson Volquez (8-8) worked into the sixth inning. Huston Street , the Padres' seventh pitcher, closed for his 18th save in 19 tries.
Volquez ran his career record to 22-8 against teams from NL Central.
"I was in Cincinnati for four years, I pretty much know those guys," Volquez said. "I was here in the same division. It is nothing new."
Volquez gave up six hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings, while walking three and striking out five.
"Edinson did a nice job early in the game," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "I thought he was throwing the ball well. He was really utilizing the curveball and changeup. He was making his pitches."
Volquez knows he and his team might not have picked up the win if it wasn't for Venable's defensive gem.
"It was an unbelievable catch. He saved the game right there," Volquez said. "If the ball bounces, two guys score and probably tie the game. That was big time."
Yovani Gallardo (8-9) was tagged for six runs on eight hits and three walks in 3 2-3 innings. In his previous outing, he pitched 6 1-3 shutout innings against Miami.
The brief outing marked the second time in his last five starts that Gallardo lasted fewer than four innings.
"It's definitely frustrating, especially coming after the start I had against the Marlins," Gallardo said.
Quentin hit a sacrifice fly in the first, then hit a two-run homer in the third. Yonder Alonso doubled and scored in the third and added a two-run double in the fourth for a 6-0 lead.
Yuniesky Betancourt homered in the Milwaukee fourth and Carlos Gomez connected in the sixth.
The Padres got four runs in the seventh for a 10-3 lead, capped by Guzman's two-run pinch-hit homer.
Milwaukee rallied with five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Aoki homered and Caleb Gindl hit a two-run double.
NOTES: Ryan Braun 's locker at Miller Park was absent of most personal items except for a few jerseys and a bat prior to the game, three days after he was suspended for the remainder of the season by Major League Baseball. Braun remained unavailable for comment on Thursday. A team spokesman said Braun texted him a message stating that he wants to speak with the media but isn't "legally" permitted at this time. ... Milwaukee reliever Michael Gonzalez threw two wild pitches in the seventh inning. ... Following the game, the Brewers announced that 1B Sean Halton will be optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Rob Wooten, Nashville's closer, will be brought up. "He's got a nice cutter and locates the ball. He's saved a lot of games and doesn't mind being in that pressure situation," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.