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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wily Peralta's second start after spending more than two months on the disabled list with a strained oblique didn't go nearly as well as the first.

Peralta gave up six runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings as the Milwaukee Brewers were routed by the San Diego Padres 13-5 Monday night.

"He got two quick outs in the second inning and then he just got off track," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "I'm hoping it's just a one-time thing."

Peralta looked sharp against San Francisco last Tuesday, allowing two runs and five hits over six innings to pick up the win.

"I wasn't able to do my job today," said Peralta (2-6), who walked three and struck out two. "What's frustrating is especially in the first inning, I was alright. I was locating pretty good. After that, things got away."

San Diego manager Pat Murphy said Peralta's extended stay on the disabled list could have played a part in his performance.

"I think that happens when pitchers come back. Sometimes they have a hiccup," Murphy said. "He's a great major league pitcher. Tonight, he made some pitches that were available for us to hit."

Yangervis Solarte hit two home runs and Tyson Ross pitched six effective innings for the Padres.

Solarte hit a solo home run in the first and connected for a three-run shot in the seventh. It was Solarte's first career multi-homer game.

Jedd Gyorko also homered and had three hits while Alexi Amarista drove in three runs for the Padres.

Ross (8-8) gave up seven hits and two earned runs in six innings. He struck out five and walked two. He also had an RBI single in the third inning.

The Padres blew the game open in the seventh with six runs sparked by Solarte's three-run homer off Preston Guilmet.


Murphy, who coached Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell at the University of Notre Dame, faced his former player for the first time as manager on Monday. "I was awful to him. I was very, very hard on him. I thought he would never speak to me again. But when we were done with practice at night and you'd hear someone hitting in the cage, you didn't have to look who it was. It was Counsell. He's one of the best examples in baseball." Murphy recalled breaking Counsell's nose while hitting ground balls to him.

"He was back at practice an hour later. That taught me everything I needed to know."

Counsell attempted to hire Murphy for his coaching staff in Milwaukee earlier this year.

"He's a friend, he's been an important person for me in my baseball career," Counsell said. "He was a person who made me mentally tough, because he challenges you a lot."


Padres: OF Justin Upton injured his right thumb when he crashed into the wall after making a running catch along the left-field line in the seventh. "His thumb got bruised pretty bad," Murphy said. "If he's down for any longer than a day we'll be concerned." .INF Cory Spangenberg began a rehab assignment Monday night with Double-A San Antonio. He had a triple, a walk and drove in a run in four plate appearances. Spangenberg was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 30 (retroactive to June 28) with a knee contusion.

Brewers: Counsell said Kyle Lohse is penciled in to make his next start, on Friday at home against St. Louis. Lohse (5-13) lasted 4 1/3 innings on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs, giving up nine hits and four runs. That prompted Counsell to state that Lohse's spot in the rotation would be discussed "in the next couple days." "Kyle's pitching Friday night as of now," Counsell said before Monday's game.


Padres: Andrew Cashner (4-10, 4.13 ERA) last faced the Brewers on April 26 last season in Milwaukee. He gave up four earned runs over six innings in a 4-3 loss. He's 2-1 in three career starts against the Brewers.

Brewers: Jimmy Nelson (8-9, 3.76) is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA over his last seven starts. He has pitched 14 consecutive scoreless innings. Nelson's only career appearance against the Padres came on Aug. 26 last season in San Diego. He took the loss, giving up four runs (two earned) in five innings.

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