Scott Linebrink, who pitched two scoreless innings in relief, got the win
while De La Rosa got the loss. Both are 2-1.
Blum singled to center with two out in the ninth and scored on Ojeda's drive
that was just fair down the left-field line.
"Even if it is old hat we're still enjoying every second of it," said Blum,
who netted two of the Padres' eight hits. "This thing is all about picking up
each other. No matter who falters or who needs a little extra push, there's
always somebody there to pick us up. It could be any guy on any given night
and Miguel Ojeda was the man tonight."
"I knew it was a lefty (De La Rosa) warming up and I was the only righty on
the bench so I got myself ready to pinch-hit and fortunately I got a big
hit," said Ojeda.
"I just go out there and try to hit the ball as hard as I can and believing
that every time I swing the bat, something good is going to happen," Ojeda
said. "It happened today. I got goose bumps watching my teammates come out
to greet me and that continued in the clubhouse. I wish it happened more
"'Rancho Grande' is one of my favorite songs in Mexico," said Ojeda, "and El
Coyote is a very good friend of mine. My teammates put it on every time I do
well and that happened today. And it was great."
The Brewers had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth. Jeff
Cirillo, a former Padre, walked, stole second and went to third when second
baseman Damian Jackson muffed the throw from catcher Ramon Hernandez.
Jackson's error snapped the Padres' club record for errorless innings at 101.
With Cirillo on third and the infield drawn in, Bill Hall hit a chopper to
short. Khalil Greene fielded the ball, turned to look Cirillo
back, and then fired to Blum, who caught Cirillo off the bag at third and
tagged him out.
Brewers right fielder Geoff Jenkins almost single-handedly kept the Brewers
in the game as he made four dazzling catches.
Jenkins robbed Hernandez and Greene of hits in the third by snaring line
drives. In the sixth, he went back to the scoreboard in right and leaped to catch
a Phil Nevin drive, and then on the very next batter dove to grab away another possible hit by Hernandez.
The Padres, who trailed 1-0, tied the game at 1 with an unearned run in
the bottom of the fifth.
Mark Sweeney, pinch-hitting for starting pitcher Darrell May -- who went five
innings -- drew a walk, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dave
Blum hit a grounder to first base, which Lyle Overbay bobbled in his glove
and threw late to Brewers starter Victor Santos, covering first. Blum was
safe at first and Sweeney moved over to third.
Ryan Klesko hit another grounder to first. This time Overbay was in position
to make a play at home, but once again bobbled the ball and wound up taking
out Klesko while Sweeney scored the tying run.
It was Overbay who drove in the Brewers' first run with a single off May
in the third, scoring Junior Spivey.
Spivey had singled to center with one out and moved to second when Carlos
Lee walked. Overbay then singled to center.
The Brewers threatened in the fourth when Wes Helms hit a one-out triple
just out of the reach of center fielder Roberts.
On the first pitch from May, Santos tried to
lay down a suicide squeeze bunt. He missed the pitch and Hernandez took a few steps up the line and tagged out Helms, who had
In the end it was the Padres' ability to cut down two Brewers runners at
home and third that paved the way for Ojeda's ultimate heroics.
The last two teams to win 21 games in a single month faced off in the 2004
World Series (Boston, 21-7 in August, and St. Louis, 21-7 in July)
The last team to win 22 or more games in a single month was the Oakland A's,
who won 24 (24-4) in August 2002.
The Padres will have a chance at win No. 22 for the month on Tuesday.