MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers manufactured a pair of four-run innings to reward rookie Taylor Jungmann for another strong start, and they avoided a late scare for an 8-5 win over the Padres on Wednesday at Miller Park.
Jungmann, a 25-year-old former first round Draft pick, has surrendered two or fewer runs in 10 of his first 11 Major League starts, including the last eight in a row. Between allowing lone runs in the first inning and the seventh on Wednesday, Jungmann faced the minimum from the second inning through the sixth and retired 11 consecutive batters in one stretch.
"Being consistent is huge up here," Jungmann said. "Being able to make in-game adjustments is another big thing for me. If you have a rough first inning, you have to make an adjustment. If you don't, they're going to wear you out out there."
For most of the night, Padres pitchers were just as good. Between a four-run outburst against starter Ian Kennedy in the first inning and another four-run strike against reliever Marcos Mateo in the eighth, Kennedy held the Brewers scoreless on only two hits -- both singles.
Mateo's tough inning loomed large when the Padres rallied for three runs in the ninth inning, two on Brett Wallace's pinch-hit home run, before Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez recorded the final out for his 25th save.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED First-inning cycle: Brewers batters combined to hit for the cycle and score four runs before Kennedy recorded his second out. Scooter Gennett and Adam Lind singled in the inning, Khris Davis provided the double, Peterson hit his two-run triple and Lucroy a two-run home run.
"Often times it feels like the first inning and the sixth and the seventh inning are those big innings," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "In the first inning, you have a chance before the starting pitcher settles in with his stuff to maybe jump on him. Then towards the end of their start, when they're 100 pitches in, is also when they're vulnerable."
Solarte, whoa, whoa:Yangervis Solarte has become the most dependable and formidable hitter for the Padres recently. He had hits in his first two at-bats Wednesday, with his first-inning single putting the Padres in position to score on Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly. The two hits gave him 16 in his last eight games.
Tacking on: After falling silent from the second inning through the seventh, the Brewers' offense came back to life in the eighth inning against Mateo, a hard-throwing right-hander. Logan Schafer, Jean Segura and Hernan Perez delivered successive run-scoring hits with two outs to extend a 4-2 lead to 8-2, with Segura's two-run single (he went all the way to third on a two-base error charged to Padres center fielder Melvin Upton Jr.) doing the most damage.
Tale of two starts: Kennedy scuffled early but then settled down. He allowed two hits with seven strikeouts over the last six innings, tying his career-high with 122 pitches. In fact, he was still going strong at the end as he struck out the side in the seventh inning.
"The first inning, my fastball was leaking over the plate, and I was leaving my curveball up, and they got a couple of base hits on it. I came in and had to regroup," Kennedy said.
"It would make a big difference to come out tomorrow and redirect this kind of momentum, have some fun, win a ballgame, go home 6-4. Not exactly what we're looking for, but to go home 5-5 kind of puts you in a different spot." -- Padres interim manager Pat Murphy on wanting a winning record on this 10-game road trip.
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It was another slow start for the Padres -- a common theme on this 10-game road trip. The four runs they allowed Wednesday gave them 13 runs allowed in the first inning of their nine games against the Mets, Marlins and now Brewers on this trip.
Twice, Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun saw fly balls fall mere feet shy of becoming his 250th career home run. In the first inning, Will Venable hopped at the wall in right-center field to make a catch of Braun's deep drive, and Braun hit another in the eighth that hit the wall in straightaway center for a double. Braun remained two home runs shy of the Brewers' all-time leader, Robin Yount, who hit 251 homers during his 20-year career.
WHAT'S NEXT Padres:Odrisamer Despaigne (5-7, 4.75) gets the start in the series finale at 11:10 a.m. PT. He got a no-decision in his only start against the Brewers last August, allowing one run in six innings.
Brewers: The Brewers are 7-12 when Matt Garza (5-12, 5.17) starts a game this season, a mark the right-hander will look to improve when he takes the mound for Thursday's series finale against the Padres. Garza is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in three career starts against San Diego.