MILWAUKEE -- After losing their lead in a mistake-marred eighth inning, the Padres pushed back ahead in the 12th with their second pair of back-to-back home runs, then held on for an 8-7 win over the Brewers at Miller Park that spanned five hours and four minutes.
The go-ahead home runs belonged to Derek Norris and Melvin Upton Jr., who went deep against Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano with two outs in the 12th inning. Coincidentally, Norris entered the game in the ninth as a replacement for an injured Wil Myers, who had combined with Matt Kemp for back-to-back home runs in the fifth.
"The great thing about the team is they just keep fighting, they don't stop," Padres manager Andy Green said. "We were about to do some crazy stuff as far as lineup and defense and pitchers in the game playing defense and position players pitching. We were on the verge, we were out of bullets, but those two homers were huge for us. Loved seeing the guys fight all the way till the end."
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy homered in the bottom of the 12th inning off Padres reliever Carlos Villanueva to halve Milwaukee's deficit. But the Padres won despite walking 12 batters and committing four errors, including two interference calls against catcher Hector Sanchez, one of which extended the eighth inning for the Brewers to tie the game.
The Brewers couldn't cash in on enough of those mistakes. They went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded a season-high 16 men on base.
"I think we're all just tired and ready to move on to the next one, honestly," said Brewers center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who had three hits, three RBIs and came within mere feet of hitting a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning. "Those are ones that are a lot better to win, for sure."
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Crazy eighth: The Brewers had already stranded the bases loaded twice in the first seven innings, and it appeared they'd done it again in the eighth when Aaron Hill hit a harmless two-out grounder to shortstop. But Padres catcher Sanchez had committed interference for the second time in the game, so Hill was awarded first base, and the inning continued for Alex Presley's game-changing, two-run grounder. It caromed off first baseman Myers and into shallow right field, where second baseman Jose Pierla gathered it and threw wildly to the pitcher covering first base. The error allowed the tying run to score.
"The second one is frustrating because we were in a situation to end the inning," Sanchez said. "I probably reached a little bit forward, but I guess that happens. That probably cost us a couple of runs, but that happened in the game." More >
Back-to-back jacks: San Diego entered having hit back-to-back home runs on two occasions this season. The Padres did it twice Saturday, accounting for their final four runs. Myers and Kemp went back-to-back in the fifth to give San Diego a 6-2 lead. Seven innings later, Norris and Upton left the yard in consecutive at-bats against Capuano to put San Diego up 8-6 in the 12th.
It marked the fifth time in franchise history the Padres hit back-to-back home runs twice in one game with the last occurrence coming April 4, 2005.
The game was so long I actually forgot Matt and Wil did it," Upton said. "I don't think I've ever seen that."
Leaving 'em loaded: Twice on Saturday, a Brewers batter was called out on strikes to end an inning with the bases loaded. In the second, Lucroy was caught looking on three Luis Perdomo pitches, and the Padres promptly scored twice in the next half-inning for a 4-2 lead. In the seventh after the Brewers scored a pair of runs to cut their deficit to 6-4, Jonathan Villar was called out on a Strike 3 from Brandon Maurer at the bottom of the zone, stranding three more runners. More >
Hand carved: With San Diego's bullpen needing to cover 12 innings Saturday, Brad Hand provided a big lift by tossing four scoreless innings. The left-hander struck out five, including three with runners in scoring position. Hand struck out Martin Maldonado with two on and two outs in the third. With two on in the sixth, Hand fanned Maldonado on a fastball and Hernan Perez on a curveball. He then walked Villar to load the bases before getting Scooter Gennett to tap weakly back to the mound. It was the longest outing of the season for Hand, who made 12 starts for Miami last season. Called up from Triple-A El Paso earlier in the day, Leonel Campos provided the Padres two scoreless innings to pick up his first career win.
"We brought in Hand early, and he was, for four innings, outstanding," Green said. "We desperately needed that. In that position, 6-2 game, you have a chance to win a game, so we went aggressively at it."
"We"ll talk about it. We have to look at the big picture of everything. It's certainly got to be better." -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell, asked whether Wily Peralta will remain in the starting rotation. Peralta surrendered six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings and has the highest WHIP of any Major League starting pitcher.
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According to STATS, Inc., Saturday marked the first time a Padres catcher was called for interference twice in the same game. It was the second time that an opponent did it against the Brewers; Cleveland's Ray Fosse was charged with catcher's interference twice against Milwaukee on June 30, 1970.
The Padres challenged a call at second base in the ninth after Brewers shortstop Villar bobbled a Myers grounder that might have made for a double play. Villar recovered in time to retire Travis Jankowski on a close play at second, and the call stood upon review. Myers was injured on the play and left the game, with Derek Norris taking over at first base.
It was the Brewers' turn to challenge in the bottom of the inning, when Villar was out trying to steal third base. Unlike the "call stands" in the top of the inning, this one was confirmed, meaning replay officials saw clear evidence that Villar was tagged out.
Padres: Rookie Cesar Vargas will look to bounce back from the worst start of his young Major League career when he takes the mound for the series finale against Milwaukee at 11:10 a.m. PT. After allowing just two earned runs in his first three starts, Vargas was hammered for six runs on 10 hits by the Cubs on May 10.
Brewers:Zach Davies pitched a gem in his only career start against the Padres last season, a scoreless, seven-inning outing at Petco Park on Sept. 30. He will look to repeat that success on Sunday beginning at 1:10 p.m. CT.
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