MILWAUKEE — Jesus Guzman homered and had three RBI to lift the Padres to a 5-3 win over Milwaukee on Monday, hours after the Brewers learned that Ryan Braun would be suspended for the rest of the season.
The 2011 National League MVP was suspended Monday afternoon for the final 65 games without pay for being tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance enhancing drugs.
Guzman capped a four-run sixth inning off Tom Gorzelanny (1-4) with a two-out double that snapped a tie, scoring Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin to give the Padres a 5-3 lead. It was only their 17th win in 50 road games.
San Diego starter Andrew Cashner (6-5) pitched six solid innings and keyed the sixth-inning rally with a leadoff bunt single. The right-hander allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.
But the game took a back seat to the news that Braun was the first player to be suspended for baseball's latest drug scandal. Braun spoke to his teammates, issued a statement and left Miller Park without answering questions.
"I am not perfect," he said in the statement. "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions."
The loss of Braun leaves another hole in a lineup that has been without Corey Hart (knee) all season and Aramis Ramirez, who has played in only 54 games and is on the disabled list due to recurring knee pain.
The watered-down lineup had only four hits, but showed no immediate effects from the announcement regarding their star player. Milwaukee scored twice in the first off Cashner but managed only one more run the rest of the game.
Logan Schafer, starting in center field for the injured NL All-Star Carlos Gomez, walked with one out. Jean Segura doubled to center field, and Schafer - who was running on the pitch - slid and scored on a close play for a 1-0 lead.
Jonathan Lucroy then doubled to score Segura and make it 2-0.
Milwaukee didn't allow a run in its weekend series against Miami, but had its 36-inning scoreless pitching streak snapped in the second when Guzman hit his sixth homer to bring the Padres within 2-1.
The Brewers extended the lead to 3-1 in the fifth when Norichika Aoki scored on a Segura groundout.
Gorzelanny was having little trouble with San Diego until Cashner and Everth Cabrera led off the sixth with a pair of bunt singles. Chris Denorfia then hit a groundout to advance the runners to second and third, and Chase Headley was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Carlos Quentin doubled to the base of the wall in right field to score Cashner and Cabrera, tying the score 3-3. Guzman then hit the first pitch from Gorzelanny down the left-field line for another double, scoring Headley and Quentin to snap the tie and give the Padres a 5-3 lead.
Gorzelanny pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six.
Notes: It was Gorzelanny's 115th game as a starter vs. 114 games as a reliever. . Segura has a nine-game hitting streak.