MILWAUKEE -- Yangervis Solarte homered twice and drove in four runs as the Padres thumped the slumping Brewers in the opener of a four-game series, 13-5, at Miller Park on Monday.
The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Padres answered with a trio of second-inning runs against Brewers starter Wily Peralta and never trailed again. Solarte hit a solo home run in the first inning and a three-run homer in San Diego's sixth-run seventh to back starter Tyson Ross, who pitched six quality innings to win for the sixth time in his last seven decisions.
"It's just beautiful," said Padres interim manager Pat Murphy of Solarte. "I'm just really happy he's come into his own."
The Padres scored in each of the first five innings before Milwaukee reliever Corey Knebel struck out the side in the sixth on only 11 pitches. In his second start off the disabled list, Peralta allowed six earned runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. The Brewers have lost six games in a row and 11 of their last 13.
"The last few days haven't been a whole lot of fun, but that's the game," said Milwaukee second baseman Scooter Gennett, who homered in the ninth inning. "There's ups and downs but you have to try to grind through the tough times, go out there and try to enjoy the game."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Quick strike: The Brewers have surrendered more home runs in home games than any team in baseball, and it took the Padres only five Peralta pitches to pad that total. Solarte's home run came on the game's fifth pitch, and Jedd Gyorko and Solarte (again) pushed to 83 the number of homers served up by Brewers pitchers at Miller Park. The Rockies entered the day as the second-worst club at keeping visitors in the park, allowing 64 homers at Coors Field.
Little big swing: On Sunday, Alexi Amarista had a triple and a two-run home run during a loss to the Marlins. Amarista, listed at 5-foot-6, had the extra-base thing going again Monday, as he had a two-run triple in the Padres' three-run second inning off Peralta.
Knocked out: When Matt Kemp delivered an RBI single off Peralta in the fourth inning, San Diego had scored in each of the first four frames, and Peralta had surrendered nearly as many hits (eight) as he'd recorded outs (10). Manager Craig Counsell had seen enough to make a call for reliever Michael Blazek. It marked only the second time in Peralta's last 65 starts that he recorded 10 or fewer outs. More >
"He got stuck tonight," Counsell said. "He couldn't put it back together."
#GyorkStoreCalled: The Padres have seen better results from Gyorko since June 30 when he returned from a demotion to Triple-A. He had two hits on Monday, including his sixth home run of the season, a 420-foot shot to left field in the fifth inning, according to Statcast™.
"The challenge for us is that we don't let that happen. That's the challenge for us. We're in a rough stretch right now. Up until this point, despite this lengthy rough stretch, I've thought we've played decent baseball. We've just got beat." -- Counsell, on players resisting the urge to grow despondent amid the losing streak
"Winning cures everything," -- Gyorko, after the Padres won for the 13th time in their last 18 games
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
On Sunday, Padres left fielder Justin Upton struck out four times on 12 pitches. He then struck out on three pitches in his first at-bat Monday. Upton ended his (efficient) funk with a double to start the third inning.
TROUBLE WITH TYSON
Ross has beaten the Brewers in each of his last two starts, including a 4-1 win last Aug. 26 in San Diego that sent Milwaukee free-falling toward a rebuild. The Brewers entered that game 73-58 and in first place in the National League Central, but are 53-85 since -- missing the 2014 postseason, changing managers a month into the 2015 season, and trading away five players ahead of last week's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
WHAT'S NEXT Padres:Andrew Cashner (4-10, 4.13) gets the start in the second game of the series at 5:10 p.m. PT. Cashner has pitched against the Brewers once in each of the last three seasons, allowing eight earned runs in 14 1/3 innings.
Brewers:Jimmy Nelson carries a 2.15 ERA over his last seven starts, including four quality starts in a row, into Tuesday's game against the Padres. His first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT.