Ed-win: Padres overpower Brewers in finale

Ed-win: Padres overpower Brewers in finale

SAN DIEGO -- The way Edwin Jackson was dealing on Wednesday afternoon, the Padres' offense didn't need to do much. But the Friars broke out the lumber anyway, cruising to a 12-3 victory over the Brewers in the rubber match at Petco Park.

In arguably his best outing since joining the Padres, Jackson tossed eight innings, allowing only three late runs once the game was out of reach. He made his presence felt on offense, too, becoming the second pitcher in Padres history to record an RBI, a steal and a win on the same day -- joining Adam Eaton, who did so twice.

"In the National League, you get the chance to be a player again," Jackson said. "You feel like you're a part of the game. … I know we're pitchers, but when you have a bat in your hand, you can help make or break a game at the plate. I definitely wanted to come out and join the parade."

Jackson steals second base

Yangervis Solarte and Jabari Blash provided the power. Solarte, who finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs, put the game out of reach with a two-run, sixth-inning dinger. Then, Blash went to the opposite field in the seventh for his first career home run.

Solarte's two-run homer

Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra struggled from the outset, allowing three runs in the first inning -- although he got no help from a controversial ruling at second base on a double-play ball. In his shortest outing of the year, Guerra surrendered four runs on six hits over just four innings.

Scooter Gennett got the Brewers on the board in the eighth with an RBI single, and Ryan Braun followed with a two-run shot two pitches later. But that was all the offense Milwaukee would muster, and the Brewers matched their most lopsided defeat of the season.

Gennett's RBI single

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Three in the first: A non-call at second base extended the first inning for the Padres to score three runs against Guerra. With one out and runners at the corners, Solarte beat out a fielder's choice grounder while the game's first run scored. But Brewers manager Craig Counsell challenged, arguing that the runner advancing to second -- Wil Myers -- broke the so-called "Chase Utley rule" by sliding wide of second base without trying to reach for the bag. By the new rule, such a slide would result in an automatic double play, thus ending the inning. But after a two-minute, 46-second review, the umpires decided Myers did not hinder or impede the fielder, and the inning continued with two outs and the Padres ahead, 1-0. Counsell had discussions with home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild between each of the next two half-innings.

Solarte drives in a run

 "I wasn't sure we'd win the challenge," Counsell said. "But it definitely deviated [Guerra's] path. They're interpreting it more now than they were the first couple weeks of the season. We knew they are interpreting it more." More >

Jank you very much: Travis Jankowksi impacted the game in every facet Wednesday afternoon. The speedy center fielder ignited the first-inning rally with a leadoff double. He'd later showcase his speed with a pair of steals and an infield hit. And he topped it all off with a brilliant diving catch to rob Jonathan Villar in the top of the sixth.

Jankowski's superb diving catch

"That's my main goal -- just get on base and let 2-3-4 drive me in," Jankowski said. "The main thing is staying aggressive, but also being selective -- a patiently aggressive mindset."

We have Blashtoff: The Padres made things tough on Blash in his first big league stint, as he received only 29 plate appearances during April and May. This time, San Diego vowed to get Blash consistent playing time, and it has paid off thus far. Since he returned to the big league club as a replacement for Matt Kemp, Blash is 4-for-12 with the home run and three walks.

Blash bashes first career homer

"He was never comfortable the first time around," Padres manager Andy Green said. "He didn't look stressed or anything like that. He just wasn't getting enough reps to really settle into anything. … I think he's been great. I have no hesitation to continue to run him out there and watch him do his thing." More >

Homer happy: Five days off to rest a sore right rib cage seemed to do wonders for Braun, who homered in each of the final two games of the series, including his two-run shot in the eighth inning off Jackson. Braun, who made his Major League debut at Petco Park in 2007, has eight home runs in 23 career games here.

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The Padres started five rookies on Wednesday -- Jankowski, Blash, second baseman Ryan Schimpf, left fielder Alex Dickerson and shortstop Jose Rondon. All five either scored or drove in a run or both.

Schimpf snags NL rookie honors for July

DICKERSON, SOLARTE BANGED UP
Still feeling the ill effects from a right hip contusion he sustained last week, Dickerson was removed after six innings, as a precaution, because he was feeling sore.

Solarte, meanwhile, came up hobbling after stepping awkwardly on the third-base bag for a forceout in the seventh. He appeared to hurt his left calf on the play, but he remained in the game and added a single an inning later.

Solarte gets shaken up

WHAT'S NEXT
Brewers: After a day off Thursday, the Brewers open a series against the D-backs at Chase Field beginning at 8:40 p.m. CT on Friday. Chase Anderson, who was drafted and developed by the D-backs and pitched for them in 2014 and '15 before a January trade to Milwaukee, will start the opener against his former team.

Padres: Looking to build off his solid start last time out, Christian Friedrich takes the ball for the series opener against Philadelphia. Following Thursday's off-day, first pitch is slated for 7:40 p.m. PT Friday night. Friedrich was especially effective with his breaking ball in his start against Cincinnati on Saturday, allowing just one run over six innings in his first quality start since June 12.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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