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Padres Win 3rd Straight

Shields Silences Brewers in Series Opener



    Padres Win 3rd Straight
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    Starting pitcher James Shields struck out 9 in 7 innings of work against the Brewers. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

    Did you know the Padres are only two-and-a-half games out of first place?

    That’s right. As of Thursday evening that is NOT a typo.

    For a team that’s been shut out 8 times already this year, a 3-0 Padres victory over the Brewers was an encouraging sign. Especially since the team was coming off a doubleheader sweep of the NL Central-leading Cubs.

    James Shields struck out 9 batters over 7 scoreless innings, and Melvin Upton Junior hit a solo homer to help San Diego win its 3rd straight contest in less than 48 hours.

    Left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter also recorded his first career save in the majors as he worked a perfect 9th. Buchter has a remarkable 0.54 ERA in 17 appearances this season. 

    Closer Fernando Rodney had the night off after picking up 2 saves against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    San Diego will try to make it 4 in a row when Christian Friedrich takes the mound Friday against Milwaukee starter Junior Guerra.