Renfroe's walk-off HR lifts Padres past Crew

Renfroe's walk-off HR lifts Padres past Crew

SAN DIEGO -- Hunter Renfroe mashed a two-run homer into the first row of left-field seats Monday night in the 10th inning, sending the Padres to their first walk-off victory of the season, a 6-5 thriller over the Brewers at Petco Park.

Eric Sogard had put Milwaukee on top with a majestic solo shot in the top of the 10th inning. But Renfroe, who finished 2-for-4 with a walk and a double, negated Sogard's blast by crushing a full-count offering from Brewers reliever Oliver Drake just over the left-field wall.

Renfroe became only the third Padre in history to hit a walk-off home run with his team trailing in extra innings, joining Mark Parent in 1988 and Fred McGriff in '93. The rookie right fielder has long been known for his immense power, and after the game, he was asked where this particular dinger ranks among all those he's ever hit.

Renfroe walks off, plates four

"It's at the top. ... First walk-off home run tonight, that's pretty special," said Renfroe.

In the early stages Monday night, Luis Perdomo did it all for the Padres. At the plate, he tripled and doubled, joining Madison Bumgarner as the only pitchers with multiple extra-base hits in the same game this season. On the mound, Perdomo struck out a career-high nine hitters, while tossing six innings of three-run ball.

Perdomo showcased some serious speed with his second-inning triple, as well, going home-to-third in 12.2 seconds. Among the 16 pitchers in the Statcast™ era to hit a triple, Perdomo's time ranks third, behind only Steven Matz and Raisel Iglesias.

Statcast: Perdomo's RBI triple

"I was an outfielder [when I was young], so I know a little bit about the game and how to play," Perdomo said through a team interpreter. "I know how to hit, and I know how to run the bases."

Statcast™ of the Day: Perdomo shows off wheels

The Padres couldn't make that hold up, as Brewers right fielder Domingo Santana would tie the game in the eighth with an RBI single. That got starter Chase Anderson off the hook, after he had allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings -- including Perdomo's RBI triple in the third and his double in the fifth. Anderson struck out five, while allowing six hits and three walks.

Santana's RBI single ties game

Offensively, Santana knocked in three runs for the Crew and finished 3-for-5. Jesus Aguilar added his third home run of the season, a straightaway blast to center field in the sixth that barely carried over the outstretched glove of Manuel Margot.

"I hit it good, but I thought it was going to be a fly ball to center field,'' said Aguilar, who actually paused a moment on the basepaths, thinking it had been caught.

Aguilar surprised by solo homer

Brewers show grit despite tough loss

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Nervy ninth: With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Cory Spangenberg -- who finished with a career-high-tying three hits -- singled and stole second as the potential winning run. But Brewers closer Corey Knebel slammed the door. After an intentional walk to Wil Myers, Knebel struck out Ryan Schimpf and Austin Hedges, sending the game to extras.

Knebel's clutch strikeout

"If you let it, it starts to have the feeling of: 'Here it goes again,'" said Padres manager Andy Green, whose club lost three late leads on its five-game road trip that ended Sunday. "But our guys fought that today. The energy in the dugout -- even going into the last inning -- was great."

Bloop triple: Hernan Perez opened the top of the eighth inning with a soft blooper to right field that landed just between a diving Spangenberg and Renfroe. The ball kicked away toward the right-field corner, and Perez would end up on third.

Perez triples to right field

"We got a break with that bloop triple,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Santana would tie the game two batters later, charging Padres reliever Brad Hand with a tough-luck run. But Santana promptly ran into an out on the basepaths when he tested Renfroe's arm trying to stretch his single into a double.

Renfroe's throw nabs Santana

QUOTABLE
"As he starts to shrink the zone, pitchers start coming back toward him. Then he drives balls into the gap and drives runs in. He's making the adjustment back to the league right now, and that's really good to see." -- Green on Renfroe, who has walked in five straight games after walking twice in April 

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When Santana smacked his eighth-inning RBI single into the right-field corner, it made Perdomo the first Padres starter in history to open his season with six consecutive no-decisions. The Padres won their home opener with Perdomo, but had lost four straight before Monday's walk-off victory.

SOGARD SHOWING NO RUST
After not playing last season due to knee surgery, Sogard is flexing his muscles like few imagined. Does that surprise Counsell that Sogard's bat is showing some pop?

"For sure,'' Counsell said. "He hit one homer in 2015 and he's hit two in six at-bats. That qualifies for a surprise, I think.''

WHAT'S NEXT
Brewers: Jimmy Nelson (1-2, 3.99 ERA) is hoping to build on his last outing, when the right-hander surrendered an unearned run, four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings against the Red Sox. Nelson is 1-3 with a 3.80 ERA in four career starts against the Padres. He's 0-2 lifetime at Petco Park. Tuesday's first pitch is at 9:10 p.m. CT.

Padres: Clayton Richard gets the start Tuesday night against the Brewers, looking to build off seven strong innings last week in Texas. Expect an active night for Padres infielders. Richard currently ranks third in the Majors with a 61.2 percent ground-ball rate. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. PT.

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

Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego who covered the Brewers on Monday.

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