SAN DIEGO (AP) — Omar Narvaez hit a two-run homer, Jace Peterson added a solo shot and six pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts for the Milwaukee Brewers, who beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.
San Diego right-hander Dinelson Lamet left his season debut after two scoreless innings due to right forearm tightness. The Padres closed out a 1-5 homestand with their seventh loss in nine games overall.
Milwaukee pitchers allowed only three runs in the series, none by the bullpen. Adrian Houser allowed both San Diego runs Wednesday in 4 2/3 innings, and the bullpen shut out the Padres the rest of the way. The relievers struck out 11.
“We played a good series,’’ Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “You have to play good to beat teams like this. We pitched exceptionally and we got some home runs. That was the story of the series. We played really well.”
Milwaukee won 3-1 Monday night and 6-0 Tuesday night.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler was ejected in the eighth after he calmly walked out to argue balls and strikes with home plate umpire Tom Hallion.
The Padres loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth but failed to score. Brad Boxberger struck out Tommy Pham before J.P. Feyereisen came on and struck out pinch-hitter Wil Myers and Victor Caratini.
San Diego had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth before Eric Hosmer struck out to end the game, giving Josh Hader a hard-earned third save.
“It was a real group effort pitching-wise today,’’ Counsell said. “The bullpen guys did a really nice job. They picked each other up.”
The Padres stranded 12 baserunners. They lead the NL with 162 runners stranded in 18 games.
“It’s been our Achilles’ heel,’’ Tingler said. “The guys continue to battle, but we…