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Brewers trounce Padres, 10-1

SAN DIEGO -- The opening game of the Milwaukee Brewers' final West Coast road swing was a rousing success.

Kyle Lohse returned to the rotation after a one-start hiatus to pitch six solid innings and the Brewers' offense teed off to the tune of 16 hits and two home runs in cavernous Petco Park en route to a 10-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

Lohse (12-7) allowed four hits, one run (earned) and four walks while striking out five to record his first victory since July 23, while Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez each homered as the Brewers maintained their 11/2-game lead in the National League Central Division.

The 10 runs were the most for the Brewers since July 13, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 11-2, and the victory was the Brewers' fifth straight on the road.

Milwaukee used three singles in the opening inning to grab a 1-0 lead off San Diego left-hander Eric Stults, who entered the night ranked fourth in the National League with 13 losses.

Ramirez drove in Carlos Gomez, who singled, stole second and went to third on a Braun infield single.

The Padres got that run back in the second when, with one out, Cameron Maybin singled and Alexi Amarista tripled into the left-field corner to score him. Chris Nelson drew a walk -- the third in the first two innings issued by Lohse -- to bring up Stults, who dropped a bunt down to the first-base side of the mound.

Lohse got to it quickly and fired home to Martin Maldonado just in time for the out, only to have Padres manager Bud Black ask for a review to determine if Maldonado was illegally blocking the plate. After a review of 3 minutes, 53 seconds, home-plate umpire Paul Schreiber's call stood, and Lohse struck out Will Venable to emerge with no further damage.

The Brewers tacked a run onto their lead in the third when, with one out, Braun blasted a homer to left-center. It was Braun's fifth homer at Petco Park in the last three seasons, with his three-homer game there on April 30, 2012, setting a career high for him.

Ramirez added a solo homer of his own, this one to straightaway center, to open the fifth and stretch Milwaukee's lead to 4-1.

Lohse, meanwhile, settled in nicely from his early struggles and settled into a groove.

Beginning with the strikeout of Venable in the second, Lohse retired 10 straight to head into the sixth at 72 pitches. He also was helped by Ron Roenicke's successful challenge of a safe call by first-base umpire Mark Ripperger on an apparent infield single to the right side by Nelson that ended the fourth.

A big three-run sixth against Padres reliever Blaine Boyer gave Lohse some added breathing room.

With one out, Jonathan Lucroy walked and Braun singled. Ramirez followed with a ground-rule double to left to score Lucroy and send Braun to third. Khris Davis, next up, blooped a double to left that Seth Smith misplayed, allowing Braun to score and moving Ramirez to third.

Rickie Weeks followed with a fly ball to right that Ramirez tagged and scored on, and just like that Milwaukee had stretched its lead to 7-1.

Lohse's string of consecutive batters retired ended when Smith opened the bottom of the sixth with a single, and Yasmani Grandal then drew a walk to put two on with nobody out for the Padres.

Lohse responded by striking out Jake Goebbert and Maybin, with Maldonado throwing down to second with Amarista up to pick Smith off and end the frame -- and Lohse's night.

He threw 90 pitches, and save for his early control problems looked good in his return from a right-ankle injury.

Milwaukee scored another run in the seventh off Boyer when Gerardo Parra, playing in place of Braun, grounded out sharply to first with the bases loaded to drive in Lyle Overbay, who got the inning going with a one-out, pinch-hit single.

Braun was lifted with a left quadriceps contusion, believed to have been sustained in a collision with Goebbert at first base in the opening inning.

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