The Milwaukee Brewers made a statement Monday beating the San Diego Padres 10-1 behind 16 hits and a stellar pitching performance from Kyle Lohse.
For the fifth time this season Milwaukee has that many hits in a game.
Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez each homered and had three hits to pace the offensive attack. Carlos Gomez also added three hits. Every Brewer starter except leading hitter Jonathan Lucroy recorded a hit. Lucroy did walk twice and scored a run.
The Brewers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Ramirez singled home Carlos Gomez who started the game off with a single and a stolen base. Padres would tie the game in the second, but Milwaukee quickly responded to take the lead for good.
In the third, Ryan Braun hit his solo home run and then a few batters later Martin Maldonado singled home Khris Davis with two outs making the score 3-1.
That score would remain until the fifth inning when Ramirez hit his solo home run to leadoff the inning making score 4-1. August has been a good month for Ramirez; he is hitting .427 going 33-for-82 in that span which is best in the Majors to date.
In the following inning, Milwaukee put the game out of reach 7-1. Ramirez and Davis would double in runs and then Rickie Weeks finished off the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Gerardo Parra added an insurance run in the seventh on an rbi ground out and then in the ninth inning singled home Jean Segura and Elian Herrera for the final runs of the night.
Brewer batters hit any Padres pitcher that faced them. Starter Eric Stults (6-14, 4.63 ERA) gave up four runs through five innings for the loss, then the bullpen gave up six more runs between the sixth and eighth inning.
Kyle Lohse (12-7, 3.42 ERA) went the first six inning for his 12th win of the season. After missing his last start with an ankle injury, Lohse finished with four hits, one run, four walks and five strikeouts. Zack Duke, Will Smith and Brandon Kintzler each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game.
After Monday, the NL-Central standings still showed the Brewers up by 1 1/2 games over St. Louis.
Game two of the series is Tuesday with a 9:10 first pitch start. Jimmy Nelson will get the start against Padres ace Tyson Ross. Both pitchers are coming off a loss in their last outings.