MILWAUKEE (AP) - Chase Headley gave the best bullpen in baseball a lift.
There was no doubt about the solo shot he hit over the wall in right-center to break a deadlock in the 12th inning.
The struggling San Diego third baseman hit a 447-foot homer to back six shutout innings by relievers, and the Padres beat the Brewers 2-1 on Tuesday night to snap Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak.
“It was big for me personally but it was big for our team. The way our guys pitched today was phenomenal,” said Headley, who was hitting .180 coming into the night.
Huston Street retired the side in order in the bottom of the 12th for his seventh save after Donn Roach (1-0) allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings.
Headley’s homer to center off a 1-0 fastball from Alfredo Figaro (0-1) was one of the few mistakes from the mound among teams with two of the best staff ERAs in baseball. Padres starter Ian Kennedy labored through his first three innings before settling down his final three innings.
Brewers counterpart Yovani Gallardo went seven strong innings before the bullpens took over.
The Padres‘ bullpen was a little better and allowed three hits and struck out eight. Street capped the night capped by catching slugger Ryan Braun looking while leaning back on a slider for a strikeout to end the four-hour contest.
Padres relievers had a major league-best 2.00 ERA coming into the night.
“The pitching was the story tonight. All of our guys did a fantastic job,” manager Bud Black said.
Both teams squandered earlier scoring opportunities. With a runner on second, first baseman Mark Reynolds went to his knees to pick up a hard bouncer down the line from Everth Cabrera for the third out in the top of the 10th inning.
Milwaukee’s Khris Davis left runners on first and second to end the bottom of the 10th after flying out against Roach. An inning earlier, reliever Dale Thayer left runner Jean Segura stranded on second after striking out pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks and getting Carlos Gomez to fly out softly to center.
“When you let those runs get away, it’s tough,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “Play those close games and you always look back - what could you do better to score that run?”
This is the type of close game that the Brewers have been winning in building the best record in baseball at 15-5 entering Tuesday night. Their three previous games were one-run victories.