- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell figured it was worth a chance to challenge a play at second base. However, the delay with the appeal might have hampered Junior Guerra on the mound.

Guerra had a rare rough second-half outing, allowing four runs and six hits in four innings of the Brewers’ 12-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

The trouble started in the first when Guerra allowed three runs. However, the Brewers argued Will Myers slid toward shortstop Orlando Arica at second to prevent a double play. The umpires checked the replay and didn’t agree.

Having Guerra wait some five minutes until a verdict was delivered might have contributed to his ineffectiveness.

“Obviously we would have liked to have the double play in that situation,” Guerra said through a translator. “But after that I had trouble finding the strike zone.”

Added Counsell: “I wasn’t sure we would win the appeal..it was a run so it was worth taking a shot.”

Guerra (7-3), who had won four of his previous five starts, gave up the four runs in the first two innings.

Regardless of the first-inning doings, San Diego’s Edwin Jackson was just too tough.

Jackson (2-2) retired the first 11 batters he faced, and the Brewers didn’t put a runner in scoring position until Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled in the fifth.

“He pitched well,” Counsell said. “The key for him is to keep the ball down. If a guy like that keeps the ball down he can be effective.

Jackson signed a minor-league contract with the Padres in June after starting the season in Miami’s bullpen. He gave up three runs - two on Ryan Braun’s homer - and eight hits with five strikeouts over eight innings.

The Padres made it 8-0 on Yangervis Solarte’s two-run, two-out homer in the sixth. Blash homered in the two-run seventh.

“Some days you have good days and some days you have bad days,” Guerra said. “Unfortunately it was a bad game for me and I have to keep working hard.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (right shoulder, left ankle) reported no setbacks a day after an abbreviated throwing session off the mound. There’s a chance Ross, who last pitched on opening day, will return before the season’s end.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (6-10, 5.13) makes his second career start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday as Milwaukee continues its six-game road trip. Anderson, who beat Arizona on July 25, aims for his third straight win despite having no quality starts over his last eight outings.

Padres: LHP Christian Friedrich (4-6, 4.72) looks to recapture the form he flashed when winning three straight decisions in May and June as he faces the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. He’s coming off a rocky outing, surrendering five runs on six hits in three innings against the Washington Nationals on July 24.

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