Solarte leads Friars' fun night in Milwaukee

Solarte leads Friars' fun night in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Yangervis Solarte homered twice and drove in four runs as the Padres thumped the slumping Brewers in the opener of a four-game series, 13-5, at Miller Park on Monday.

The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Padres answered with a trio of second-inning runs against Brewers starter Wily Peralta and never trailed again. Solarte hit a solo home run in the first inning and a three-run homer in San Diego's sixth-run seventh to back starter Tyson Ross, who pitched six quality innings to win for the sixth time in his last seven decisions.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

If the Padres extend their 13-5 run ...

Updates on Solarte, Amarista, Gyorko, Ross

If the Padres extend their 13-5 run ...

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Has the Padres' 13-5 run since July 11 ignited a surge that could carry them into the National League playoffs?

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Smith wins PCL honor after 7 shutout innings

Middlebrooks hitting .341 for Triple-A El Paso

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Right-hander Chris Smith of Triple-A El Paso has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week after throwing seven scoreless innings for the Chihuahuas on Sunday.

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Multi-HR game just latest from streaking Solarte

Padres third baseman matches career-high four RBIs

Multi-HR game just latest from streaking Solarte

MILWAUKEE -- With apologies to some of the more prominent hitters in the Padres' lineup, the hottest bat these days belongs to third baseman Yangervis Solarte.

Solarte continued his recent torrid stretch at the plate on Monday when he hit two home runs, driving in four runs as the Padres defeated the Brewers, 13-5, at Miller Park.

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J. Upton DTD, hurts thumb making running grab

Left fielder crashes against rail after catch

J. Upton DTD, hurts thumb making running grab

MILWAUKEE -- Left fielder Justin Upton left Monday's game after injuring his right thumb as he made a catch in the seventh inning of the Padres' 13-5 victory over the Brewers.

Upton made a nice running snag toward the left-field line of a ball hit by Scooter Gennett. His momentum carried him toward the seats, where he braced himself against the rails.

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Fatigue a factor for struggling Maurer?

Righty reliever already has new career high in appearances in 2015

Fatigue a factor for struggling Maurer?

MILWAUKEE -- Reliever Brandon Maurer has wandered waist deep into uncharted waters as of late.

Maurer has not only pushed well beyond his career high in appearances this year, but he's also been hit more than usual by opposing batters recently.

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ICYMI: Solarte's 2 homers help Friars rout Crew

ICYMI: Solarte's 2 homers help Friars rout Crew

Yangervis Solarte certainly had himself a game at Miller Park on Monday as the Padres infielder recorded the first multiple-home run game of his career in a 13-5 rout of the Brewers during the first of a four-game series in Milwaukee. Indeed, Solarte's multi-hit game was complimented by the four RBI he collected on the day and the 13 hits in total that the Padres pounded out to score 13 runs against the Brew Crew. Starter Tyson Ross also enjoyed an excellent day at the yard as he collected his eighth win of the season and his third RBI of the year en route to the team's victory in the series opener in Wisconsin.

Although Ross' 1-for-3 performance at the plate with an RBI is certainly impressive, what was more impressive was the quality start and victory he posted as he needed 109 pitches to throw six innings of three-run baseball. Of the three runs surrendered only two were earned as Ross yielded only seven hits and five strikeouts while walking two en route to his eighth victory of the year.

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Cashner, Padres set to battle Nelson, Brewers

Cashner, Padres set to battle Nelson, Brewers

The Brewers and Padres will continue their four-game series at Miller Park on Tuesday, when Milwaukee's Jimmy Nelson and San Diego's Andrew Cashner will oppose each other on the mound.

Nelson enters Tuesday's game having thrown 14 straight scoreless innings. He last started Thursday vs. the Cubs and received a no-decision due to a rare misstep by Milwaukee's bullpen.

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Managers Murphy, Counsell go way back

Brewers skipper played four seasons at Notre Dame under Murphy

Managers Murphy, Counsell go way back

MILWAUKEE -- The hot-headed coach saw promise in the skinny infielder, and rode him hard. That's how Padres interim manager Pat Murphy treated many of his players at the University of Notre Dame, including Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who so irked his skipper with a series of errors one fall that Murphy ordered Counsell onto a half-frozen field in November to field hot-shot grounders.

One particularly hard-hit baseball took a bad hop, bounced up and broke Counsell's nose.

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Marlins Park brings out slugger in Amarista

For 2nd straight year, Padres shortstop hits clutch homer in Miami

Marlins Park brings out slugger in Amarista

MIAMI -- There's something about late-game heroics and Marlins Park that brings out the best in Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista.

For the second successive year, Amarista -- hardly a prodigious power hitter -- provided a little late-game thunder, though it ultimately went for naught as the Marlins defeated the Padres, 5-2, on Adeiny Hechavarria's walk-off three-run home run.

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Amarista clutch, but Padres fall in ninth

Amarista clutch, but Padres fall in ninth

MIAMI -- After watching a two-run lead slip away on Alexi Amarista's homer in the top of the ninth, the Marlins responded with Adeiny Hechavarria's walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Hechavarria blistered a drive out to left-center off Brandon Maurer to lift Miami to a 5-2 win over the Padres on Sunday at Marlins Park.

The Padres tied it on Amarista's two-run shot off A.J. Ramos with one out. The blast to right marked Ramos' third blown save since taking over the closer's role in May, with all three coming on home runs.

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Ferrell's special premiering at Petco on Sept. 5

Program documents comedian taking the field for 10 teams during Spring Training

Ferrell's special premiering at Petco on Sept. 5

HBO's "Ferrell Takes the Field" comedy special, which documents comedian Will Ferrell's memorable day in baseball this spring, will premiere at Petco Park in San Diego on Sept. 5, immediately after the Padres' 5:40 p.m. PT game against the Dodgers.

All fans in attendance will have the opportunity to stay and watch the screening, and Ferrell will be on hand to introduce it.

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Preller didn't see good value at Deadline

Padres added Rzepczynski, but many expected club would be more active

Preller didn't see good value at Deadline

MIAMI -- Padres general manager A.J. Preller said he wasn't put off or offended by criticism that the team decided not to move more players before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"I think people have a right to their opinion. I think maybe there was an expectation level set, with the offseason moves, that we were going to make seven different moves or something," Preller said late Saturday.

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A mid-season look at top prospects in the Padres system

Jankowski, Rea, Renfroe, Giron, Urias among 16 to watch

A mid-season look at top prospects in the Padres system

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

With a month to go in the Minor League season, here is an updated look at some Padres prospects broken down into three categories: Closest to the Major Leagues, Kids to Watch and Advancing.

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Spangenberg ready for rehab assignment

Padres infielder tests knee during workout at Marlins Park

Spangenberg ready for rehab assignment

MIAMI -- As of Saturday, the Padres were hopeful that infielder Cory Spangenberg would be set for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment at some point late next week.

That plan changed Sunday when Spangenberg -- on the disabled list since June 28 with a bone bruise in his left knee -- essentially breezed through a handful of on-field drills, impressing the team Instead of needing more time, Spangenberg will join Double-A San Antonio for a rehab stint on Monday. He'll play second base and third base and attempt to get his timing back at the plate.

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ICYMI: Ninja launches rally, Padres drop finale

ICYMI: Ninja launches rally, Padres drop finale

Sunday afternoon's series finale between the Padres and Marlins was chalked up to be a classic pitching duel between the proverbial ace of each club, as James Shields faced off against Jose Fernandez and the Marlins. For the most part, that is exactly what fans got to witness, as both pitchers delivered quality starts, while Fernandez kept San Diego scoreless through six. The Friars would remain scoreless until the very end, when they scratched a couple of runs across the board late, in a two-run rally, before ultimately dropping the finale by a score of 5-2, thanks to a Marlins walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Shields stumbled out of the gate, as he surrendered three hits and two earned runs in the bottom of the first inning before recovering and posting five straight innings of shutout baseball. Shields finished the day throwing six innings of two-run ball on only five hits and four strikeouts, while only walking two. Shields was relieved by Kevin Quackenbush and Marc Rzepczynski, who each combined for two more shutout innings while striking out two and surrendering only one hit along the way.

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Solarte playing key role in Padres' recent run

Venable, Gyorko, Norris also streaking

Solarte playing key role in Padres' recent run

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Yangervis Solarte has played a major role in the Padres' 12-4 run since July 12.

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Padres finish off Fish after Despaigne's start

Padres finish off Fish after Despaigne's start

MIAMI -- Odrisamer Despaigne allowed three runs in six-plus innings and closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 31st save as the Padres edged the Marlins, 5-3, on Saturday at Marlins Park.

Despaigne allowed five hits and got nine groundouts for the Padres, who have won 12 of their last 16 games.

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Renfroe and Asencio hit back-to-back HRs in Double-A San Antonio win

Jankowski has two more hits for Triple-A El Paso

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Yeison Asencio capped a five-run sixth inning with back-to-back homers on Saturday night to lead Double-A San Antonio to a 5-4, Texas League win over Frisco in San Antonio.

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Friars' fortified relief corps quickly stomps out threat

Friars' fortified relief corps quickly stomps out threat

MIAMI -- Before Saturday's 5-3 win over the Marlins, new Padres reliever Marc Rzepczynski lamented his struggles earlier this season with the Indians, the result, he said, of yielding too many first-pitch hits.

Not that the left-hander minds first-pitch contact -- just as long as it goes for outs and not hits.

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Kennedy on paternity list; Federowicz designated

Reliever Campos recalled while starter's away; Friars to go with Norris, Hedges behind plate

Kennedy on paternity list; Federowicz designated

MIAMI -- The Padres placed starting pitcher Ian Kennedy on paternity leave Saturday, one day after his wife, Allison, gave birth to the couple's fourth daughter, Evelyn Nicole.

Kennedy, who allowed two runs in seven innings in a no-decision Friday, will rejoin the team Tuesday in Milwaukee, one day ahead of his next scheduled start against the Brewers.

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SoCal native Rzepczynski glad to be home

SoCal native Rzepczynski glad to be home

MIAMI -- New Padres reliever Marc Rzepczynski grew up in Orange County and was an Angels fan, though he did admit Saturday to having a soft spot for the Padres.

Or, rather, the Friars.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Preller made no moves, and that's A-OK

Notes on Kennedy, Jankowski, Norris and more

Preller made no moves, and that's A-OK

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

I'll make this short and sweet.

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Mejia, Dorminy, Herrera pace Minors pitchers

Domoromo, Gillies each record 4 RBIs for Class A Fort Wayne

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Three short-season Single-A Tri-City pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout Friday night as the Dust Devils defeated Hillsboro 9-0 to improve to 25-18 - the best overall record in the Northwest League. Elsewhere, in the Padres system 20-year-old right-hander Ronald Herrera picked up his first win for Double-A San Antonio, where first baseman Luis Domoromo and left fielder Tyson Gillies both drove in four runs. And left-hander Thomas Dorminy, 22, allowed one run on three hits over seven innings to lower his earned run average to 3.39 for low Single-A Fort Wayne.

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Padres top Marlins with five-run 11th inning

Padres top Marlins with five-run 11th inning

MIAMI -- It took a little extra work, but the Padres defeated the Marlins, 8-3, in 11 innings on Friday to win the series opener at Marlins Park and claim their sixth victory in seven games. Marlins closer A.J. Ramos walked Yonder Alonso with the bases loaded to send home the go-ahead run, and San Diego added four in the frame, giving Brandon Maurer the victory.

After a seven-inning, two-run outing by Ian Kennedy -- who was briefly removed as the starter prior to the game, as he'd planned to join his wife for the birth of their daughter -- Padres closer Craig Kimbrel had the Marlins down to their last out protecting a one-run lead. But Derek Dietrich launched a solo homer to send the game into extra innings.

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A night of special deliveries for Kennedy

Padres starter throws seven strong innings following child's birth

A night of special deliveries for Kennedy

MIAMI -- Ian Kennedy certainly had a lot on his plate -- and on his mind -- before Friday's 8-3 win, and very little of it actually had to do with the non-waiver Trade Deadline and how it pertained to him.

Kennedy, set to start the series opener against the Marlins, got a call at 7:15 a.m. PT from his wife, Allison, who was going into labor with their fourth child. Kennedy's plan was to return to Southern California in time to attend the birth, but that's when things got complicated.

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Venable helps kick-start winning rally

Venable helps kick-start winning rally

MIAMI -- Of the three hits Will Venable had in Friday's 8-3 win over the Marlins, his favorite -- and certainly the most important -- was the one that traveled the shortest distance.

"I'll take a broken-bat hit any day," Venable said.

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Padres decide standing pat the best option

San Diego gets Rzepczynski, but big deals don't materialize

Padres decide standing pat the best option

MIAMI -- The bonanza of deals that general manager A.J. Preller was expected by many to make on or before Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline never came to fruition.

The Padres did make one small deal with the Indians, acquiring left-handed specialist Marc Rzepczynski in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.