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Padres' Brown One-Hits Brewers


Kevin Brown, who already has a no-hitter, was content to be a one-hit wonder Sunday.

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  • San Diego Padres right-hander pitched no-hit ball until Jeromy Burnitz singled with two outs in the seventh. That was all the Milwaukee Brewers got as a dominant Brown matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts and pitched his third shutout this year as the Padres won 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Brown threw a no-hitter for Florida against San Francisco last year.

    "You're aware of it (the similar feeling), but that's not the main thing," Brown said. "You try to concentrate and try to make sure I don't do something silly to give them a chance to get back into the game."

    Brown (15-4), whose pitches move so much that they've been called "nasty" and "filthy," said he hardly had his best stuff of the year.

    "I feel like I was pretty lucky," he said. "I felt like I had a lot of very mediocre, if not down-right bad, pitches. Some days I felt like I had better pitches and given up three or four runs. That's the nature of the beast, I guess."

    After retiring 18 straight, Brown walked Dave Nilsson with a full-count pitch with two out in the seventh. Burnitz then singled to the right of second base on the first pitch from Brown. Brown walked two in his fifth complete game this year.

    "I made a bad pitch," Brown said of the fastball to Burnitz. "I made more than one bad pitch, I guarantee you that, but I didn't get away with that one."

    The Padres still don't have a no-hitter in their 30-year history. Not including this year's expanson teams, the Mets and Rockies are the only other teams that haven't had a no-hitter.

    June 27, Sterling Hitchcock held the Anaheim Angels hitless for seven innings before allowing a homer to Phil Nevin on the first pitch of the eighth. Hitchcock shut out the Brewers 7-0 on a five-hitter Friday night.

    The Brewers entered the game hitting .256, same as the Padres. They've lost six in a row and 10 of 11.

    "Obviously he's a good pitcher," Milwaukee manager Phil Garner said. "But it's hard to tell what's what with our club. We're struggling."

    Brown hit a two-out, bases-loaded single to drive in two runs in the second.

    He was coming off a 3-2 loss to former teammate Livan Hernandez and the Marlins Monday, which snapped his club-record 11-game winning streak.

    Milwaukee left-hander Rafael Roque (0-1) was called up from Triple-A Louisville to make his second career start. He allowed one-out singles to Wally Joyner and Ruben Rivera in the second and walked Chris Gomez with two out. Brown chased a changeup in the dirt, hitting a chip shot down the left field line as the bat flew out of his hands. The ball rolled into foul territory, allowing Joyner and Rivera to score.

    The Padres made it 4-0 on RBI singles by Ruben Rivera and Carlos Hernandez off Bronswell Patrick in the seventh.

    Roque allowed two runs and three hits in five innings, with four walks and four strikeouts.

    Notes

  • Tracy Ashby saved her husband Andy some travel by giving birth to the couple's third daughter, Taryn Drew , Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Anticipating the birth any day, the Ashbys were going to take a red-eye flight Sunday night to Pennsylvania, where her parents live, with Andy rejoining the Padres in time for his start Tuesday at Florida. Ashby was then going to fly back to Pennsylvania, then on to Milwaukee for his start next Sunday. "She plans it out so I don't miss any starts, then yesterday the Big Man upstairs takes care of us," Ashby said.
  • Brown has reached double-digits in strikeouts for the fourth time in five starts.
  • The doubleheader was forced because of a San Diego Chargers exhibition game Saturday night. The Padres have had two straight Saturday nights off due to football.
  • Roque made his big-league debut in a start against Arizona on Aug. 1, running his ERA up to 6.75 and getting a no-decision in a 5-4 loss.

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