The Milwaukee Brewers kept Miller Park fans on the edge of their seats to the final pitch in Sunday's 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres. The visitors grabbed an early 2-0 lead as Will Veneble led off the game with a solo home run against Yovani Gallardo. An error by the Brewer pitcher led to another run in the second. From there, Gallardo was solid, going seven innings, allowing five hits with five strikeouts to even his record at 5-5. Milwaukee powered into the lead with a four run fifth inning, catcher Martin Maldanado's three run homer was the big blow. Ryan Braun would add a two run shot, his 15th of the year to make it 6-2 heading to the ninth. Closer John Axford ran into trouble with his control, giving up three hits and two walks. He gave way to Jose Veras who recorded a strikeout before issuing a bases loaded walk to make it a run one game. With the bases still full, Veras caught John Baker looking at a curve ball to record the save. Milwaukee took two out of three from the Padres on the weekend to improve to 28-32 on the season, four and a half games off the pace in the NL Central. After an off day Monday, the Brewers begin their second round of interleague play against the Royals in Kansas City Tuesday night.
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