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Greinke wins home debut as Brewers hold off Padres

May 10, 2011 - 4:48 AM Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Rickie Weeks paced the offense with two RBI and Zack Greinke was solid in his home debut, as the Milwaukee Brewers held off the San Diego Padres, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game series.

Weeks went 2-for-4 with a solo homer for the Brewers, who had lost eight of nine coming into Monday's game. Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.

Greinke (1-1) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings to pick up his first win in a Brewers uniform. The former Cy Young Award winner also struck out nine. Acquired from the Royals last December, Greinke made his Milwaukee debut last Wednesday at Atlanta, giving up five runs -- four earned -- on five hits with six strikeouts in an 8-0 loss.

"He was really throwing his fastball well along with his breaking stuff and changeup," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Greinke.

Jason Bartlett and Chase Headley each drove in a run for the Padres, who started an eight-game road trip on Monday.

Mat Latos (0-5) continued his struggles on the mound, allowing four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 frames. Latos hasn't won since September 7, 2010.

"I was fighting to get everything over," Latos said. "I don't know what to say. No excuses."

The Brewers got on the board in the first inning. Carlos Gomez hit a one-out triple off the wall in left and scored three batters later on a wild pitch.

Milwaukee tacked on another run in the second for a 2-0 lead. Lucroy and Greinke hit consecutive one-out singles. Weeks followed with an RBI single to left.

The Padres finally got to Greinke in the fourth. Bartlett led off with a single and crossed the plate on Headley's double to right.

Weeks led off the fifth with a homer to center to make it 3-1.

But San Diego got the run back in the sixth. Will Venable led off with a triple and scored on Bartlett's base hit to right.

Lucroy pushed Milwaukee's margin to 4-2 with an RBI double in the home sixth.

The Brewers maintained their lead in the eighth because of some great defense. With men on the corners and nobody out, Bartlett hit a sharp grounder through the middle of the infield. But shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt made one of the best defensive plays of the year. The ball found the glove of Betancourt, who made a backhand flip with his glove to second baseman Weeks for the first out. Weeks quickly fired to first for an amazing double play. A run did score in the process, cutting the gap to 4-3.

John Axford worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Game Notes

San Diego won four of seven over the Brewers last year, but dropped two of three at Miller Park...Greinke suffered a cracked rib in a pickup basketball game at the start of Spring Training...Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder and Headley both turned 27 on Monday...Brewers utility man Erick Almonte, the first player to be placed on baseball's new seven-day disabled list for concussions, was cleared to resume physical activity on Monday.