San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera makes the diving stop on a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy in the sixth inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Cabrera threw out Lucroy at first. (AP photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Edinson Volquez threw seven strong innings and Carlos Quentin hit his first home run of the season, helping the San Diego Padres snap Milwaukee's nine-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night.
Volquez (1-3) allowed just five singles, struck out three and did not walk a batter, lowering his ERA from 8.84 to 6.39 as San Deigo ended a five-game skid. It marked only the fourth time in 127 starts that Volquez did not walk a batter.
Quentin, whose eight-game suspension for a brawl against the Dodgers ended Tuesday, hit a blast into the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building off Brewers starter Marco Estrada with one out in the fourth to break a scoreless tie.
It was the seventh home run given up by Estrada (2-1) in five starts. He pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, with two walks and three strikeouts.
Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless eighth for the Padres and Huston Street came on in the ninth to get his third save in as many opportunities as the Padres also ended a seven-game losing streak at home.
Street didn't lock down his save without some nail-biting. Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt had back to back doubles with two out before Martin Maldonado was called out for running into his own batted ball outside the batters' box for the final out.
Volquez also helped produce the Padres' second run in the fifth.
Nick Hundley singled with one out and Volquez laid down a sacrifice bunt. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy threw to first, where second baseman Rickie Weeks was waiting for the out. However, Hundley, after hesitating around second, headed for third. As he was approaching the bag, Weeks rifled the ball across the diamond to a shortstop Jean Segura, who was also heading for third, but the ball bounced in the dirt and wound up in foul territory in left field and Hundley scored
NOTES: Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez, who has been on the DL since April 6th with a sprained left knee, was taking BP and ground balls Wednesday night and could be back in the lineup during the next homestand. ... RHP John Axford could be back in his closer role soon, according to Roenicke. "I think right now we are not going to flip Jim Henderson and John. The way Ax threw yesterday (Tuesday) he could win every ball game he went in. It wouldn't take much for me to flip the two," said Roenicke. Axford had 46 saves last season.