Rookie Taylor Jungmann had another strong outing, striking out a career-high eight and allowing six hits without a walk over seven innings in the Milwaukee Brewers' 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
Jonathan Lucroy, Shane Peterson and Jean Segura each drove in two runs to help Milwaukee record back-to-back wins for the first time in 15 games.
Jungmann (6-3) has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts and in all but one this season.
After San Diego scored three runs in the ninth off Corey Knebel, Francisco Rodriguez recorded the final out for his 25th save in as many chances.
Padres starter Ian Kennedy (6-10) gave up four earned runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out seven without a walk, but San Diego still lost consecutive games for the first time since July 23.
That's because Jungmann settled down after giving up a run and three hits in the first. Singles by Alexi Amarista and Yangervis Solarte were followed by a sacrifice fly by Matt Kemp, before Justin Upton singled. The right-hander then retired 17 of the next 18 batters he faced.
In the bottom of the first, Lucroy hit a two-run blast to left field for his fourth of the year, and Peterson's triple to right gave Milwaukee a 4-1 lead.
The Brewers added four more runs in the eighth, including two on a single to center by Segura for a 7-2 lead.
Kennedy rejoined the team in Milwaukee on Tuesday after he left Saturday because of the birth of his fourth child the day before. He is 2-5 in his last eight starts.
Padres: Upton returned to the lineup after missing the game Tuesday with a bruised right thumb.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Kintzler (left knee tendinitis) began a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday.
Padres: Odrisamer Despaigne (5-7) will try to win his third straight start for the first time this season.
Brewers: Matt Garza (5-12) faces San Diego for the first time since Sept. 27, 2011, when he was with the Cubs.