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Kouzmanoff's hits grand slam as San Diego holds on for win

May 26, 2007 - 6:53 AM SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- Rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff's struggles must seem like a distant memory. His latest blast helped Greg Maddux notch career win No. 337.

Kouzmanoff, who hit under .200 for the first seven weeks of the season, hit his first career grand slam as part of a five-run fifth inning to help the San Diego Padres post an 8-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

Adrian Gonzalez added three hits for the Padres, who have won three of four and eight of their last 11 games.

Kouzmanoff blasted the first pitch he saw in the fifth from Milwaukee starter Dave Bush over the left-center field wall for his second career grand slam, capping a five-run frame for a 7-0 lead.

"Basically, with runners in scoring position, I'm just looking for a good pitch to hit," Kouzmanoff said. "I just tried to hit it hard and put the ball in play to get those runs in any way we can."

"I figured he'd be aggressive there," Bush said. "It was a little cutter, and I wanted to throw something that he'd swing at a little off the plate, or at least down, and try to get a ground ball. I don't know what he was looking for, but I didn't make a good pitch"

It was the third homer in four games for Kouzmanoff, who was hitting .108 on May 17 before going 17-for-37 to raise his average to .217.

"It feels good," Kouzmanoff said. "Obviously, you know, with guys in scoring position to drive those runs in. It feels good especially after a win."

"Kouz is swinging well," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's good to see four runs cross the plate on one swing of the bat. He jumped on that first pitch slider and hammered it. He's had a much better look in his eye, his confidence is growing, and he feels good in the (batter's) box."

The offense benefited Greg Maddux, who carried a shutout into the sixth.

"The offense was outstanding," Maddux said. "Sometimes it's when you pitch not how you pitch. Tonight, (Kouzmanoff) really picked everyone up. I felt like I survived. I felt very fortunate the first five innings, and felt like I got away with a lot."

Milwaukee rallied with three runs in the sixth, knocking out Maddux, and three more in the seventh off Doug Brocail to close its deficit to 8-6. J.J. Hardy and Prince Fielder each belted their National League-leading 15th home run during the comeback.

"I thought we swang the bats good, we kept battling," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We were down seven and we stayed after it. Normally, six runs is going to be enough to win you a ballgame."

However, Milwaukee could not complete the comeback as Heath Bell retired all five batters he faced before Scott Linebrink worked the ninth for his first save.

Coming off his worst outing of the season, Maddux won his fourth straight game at Petco Park. He allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. In his last start Maddux allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings of a 7-4 loss to Seattle on Saturday.

Bush (3-5) was rocked for seven runs and nine hits in five innings in his second straight loss.

"I wish I had a better answer," Bush said of his struggles. "I'm mostly unable to keep the ball down. It's something, but I'm not sure where or what exactly is going wrong. My biggest problem is especially the fastball just drifting up over the plate. Most of the time, that's not going to get it done."

Rickie Weeks had a pair of hits for the Brewers, who have lost nine of 12.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MILWAUKEE 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 6 11 0
    SAN DIEGO 1 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 x 8 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIL - DAVE BUSH, CHRIS SPURLING (6TH), MATT WISE (8TH) AND DAMIAN
    MILLER
    SDG - GREG MADDUX, DOUG BROCAIL (6TH), HEATH BELL
    (7TH), SCOTT LINEBRINK (9TH) AND JOSH BA

    May 26 12:42 AM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY J.J. HARDY (15) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF DOUG BROCAIL SCORED RYAN BRAUN.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 6, SAN DIEGO 8
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: P FIELDER (.288, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Brewers vs. PadresMay 26 12:07 AM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN BRAUN SCORED TONY GWYNN JR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BRAUN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 4
    SAN DIEGO 8 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: J HARDY (.313, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Brewers vs. PadresMay 26 12:04 AM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARCUS GILES (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF CHRIS SPURLING.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 3, SAN DIEGO 8
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: J CRUZ JR (.275, 1-FOR-3)

    Brewers vs. PadresMay 25 11:50 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAMIAN MILLER SCORED GEOFF JENKINS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D MILLER ON FIRST, B HALL ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 3
    SAN DIEGO 7 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: G GROSS (.250, 2-FOR-2)

    Brewers vs. PadresMay 25 11:44 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY PRINCE FIELDER (15) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF GREG MADDUX.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 2, SAN DIEGO 7
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: G JENKINS (.286, 0-FOR-2)

    Brewers vs. PadresMay 25 11:41 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RYAN BRAUN SCORED RICKIE WEEKS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    SAN DIEGO 7 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: J HARDY (.314, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Brewers vs. PadresMay 25 11:38 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY KEVIN KOUZMANOFF (4) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF DAVE BUSH SCORED MIKE CAMERON, ADRIAN GONZALEZ AND JOSH
    BARD.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 0, SAN DIEGO 7
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: T SLEDGE (.193, 0-FOR-1, BB, RBI)

    Brewers vs. PadresMay 25 11:33 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE CAMERON SCORED MARCUS GILES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CAMERON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 0
    SAN DIEGO 3 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: A GONZALEZ (.288, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Brewers vs. PadresMay 25 11:24 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY TERRMEL SLEDGE SCORED JOSH BARD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K KOUZMANOFF ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 0
    SAN DIEGO 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: G MADDUX (.077, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Brewers vs. PadresMay 25 10:39 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADRIAN GONZALEZ SCORED JOSE CRUZ JR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GONZALEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 0
    SAN DIEGO 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: K GREENE (.222, 6 HR, 23 RBI)

    Brewers vs. PadresMay 25 10:21 PM