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Apr 30, 2010 - 6:45 AM By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer

Milwaukee (9-13) at San Diego (14-8), 10:05 p.m. EDT

The last time the San Diego Padres finished April atop the NL West, they went on to reach the World Series. They're already assured of leading the division after the opening month in 2010, and their play at Petco Park is a big reason why.

The Padres look to extend their home winning streak to eight Friday night when they face the struggling Milwaukee Brewers.

San Diego (14-8), which leads the West by 1 1/2 games over second-place San Francisco, will enter May in first place for the first time since 1998. That season, the Padres went 19-7 in April and won the division and their second NL pennant before falling to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

While serious playoff talk remains premature, San Diego has fueled its success with an 8-2 record at Petco, tying St. Louis for the best home mark in the NL. They Padres have outscored opponents 34-10 during their current seven-game home winning streak, which includes three shutouts after Thursday's 9-0 rout of Milwaukee (9-13) to open this four-game series.

Wade LeBlanc and Tim Stauffer combined for a nine-hitter. LeBlanc also helped himself with three of the Padres' 13 hits - all singles.

"It's amazing. It's really nice," said catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. "Our goal is to score runs early because we know how good our pitching is. To be able to put some early runs out there, especially from the bottom of the lineup, even the pitcher, it's great."

Clayton Richard (0-2, 3.75 ERA) will take the mound for a fifth chance at his first win of the season.

The left-hander didn't earn a decision Sunday, when he allowed three runs and seven hits with four walks in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-4 loss at Cincinnati.

Richard is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts against the Brewers. The win came Aug. 11, when he allowed four runs in six innings of a 13-6 victory in Milwaukee.

The Padres have won 13 of 18 home meetings with the Brewers.

Milwaukee, which has dropped six of seven overall, will turn to Dave Bush (1-1, 4.84), who is trying to rebound from by far his worst performance of the young season.

The right-hander surrendered nine runs and 10 hits, including a career-high four homers, in 3 2-3 innings of a 12-2 home loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

"I would say not much of anything went right," said Bush, whose ERA more than doubled from 2.41 due to the poor outing.

Bush has been very effective in his last four road starts dating to last season, going 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA. He had a terrible time in his only career outing at Petco, though, getting tagged for seven runs and nine hits in five innings of an 8-6 loss May 25, 2007.

Overall, Bush is 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA in three starts against the Padres.






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