For the second straight day, the Milwaukee Brewers failed to stretch their NL Central lead over St. Louis. Wednesday afternoon, the Cardinals were beaten by the Pirates in Pittsburgh again, 3-1. The Brewers then let one slip away to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, falling 3-2 in 10 innings. Starting pitchers Yovani Gallardo and San Diego's Ordisamer Despaigne didn't blink through the first six scoreless innings. Gallardo's pitch count soared working out of trouble, allowing just three hits and failing to strike out a single batter. Despaigne struck out a career high 9 Brewers, fanning the top three in the order, Carlos Gomez, Johnathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun seven times. The Brewers plated two runs in the 7th as Ellian Herrera doubled in Lyle Overbay and later scored on a passed ball. San Diego answered with a run in the bottom half and the 2-1 lead held until the ninth. Francisco Rodriguez came on for his 40th save but Rene Rivera greeted him with a leadoff home run to tie the game. It was the 12 long ball allowed by Rodriguez this year who blew his 5th save. In the 10th, Rivera delivered again, a walk off RBI single off Zach Duke. Milwaukee (73-60) remains a game and a half in front of the Cardinals as they take Thursday off before opening a weekend series in San Francisco.
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