- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - With star slugger Ryan Braun sidelined by a sore right wrist, the Milwaukee Brewers still scratched and clawed their way back from a four-run deficit.

Too many more wasted opportunities came back to haunt them in an 8-7 loss in 12 innings Saturday night to the San Diego Padres.

Leaving 16 runners on base, a season-high, really hurts.

“It’s a frustrating game. Obviously, when you have that many baserunners, it’s frustrating,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We did such a great job coming back and the bullpen did a great job holding the line there.”

Until the top of the 12th, when Derek Norris and Melvin Upton Jr. hit back-to-back solo homers off reliever Chris Capuano (1-1) in his second inning of work. Upton’s shot ricocheted off the black backdrop beyond center for a two-run lead.

Carlos Villanueva, the eighth pitcher used by the Padres, picked up his first save despite allowing Jonathan Lucroy’s first-pitch homer to draw Milwaukee within a run with one out. He retired the next two hitters to close out the 12th.

“You’ve got a lot of guys in this clubhouse that are mentally tough,” Upton said. “We stick together. We know it’s going to be a grind.”

Leonel Campos (1-0), who was just recalled from Triple-A El Paso, tossed two scoreless innings of relief for his first major league win.

The Padres hung on despite committing four errors, including two that came in a two-run eighth inning that allowed the Brewers to tie it at 6. The Brewers had fallen behind by four runs in the fifth.

San Diego pitchers allowed 12 walks. Catcher Hector Sanchez, in his Padres debut, was called twice for interference - the second time in the eighth in a play that allowed the Brewers to load the bases for Alex Presley.

He lined a hard smash to first for an RBI single. The second run scored after second baseman Jose Pirela retrieved the loose ball in short right, but threw wildly home.

“It’s one of those things when you come up short in the end, you try to pull positives out of it,” Presley said. “The positive is we came back after we were down.”

BASERUNNING BLUNDER

The Brewers’ ninth ended with a double play after Scooter Gennett struck out swinging and Jonathan Villar was thrown out trying to steal third base. That call was confirmed on replay review.

“That was a mistake,” Counsell said. “Earlier in the count, that’s a play that makes sense, getting to third early. At that point, it wasn’t a good decision.”

PERALTA FALTERS

Right-hander Wily Peralta was shelled for six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, the latest in a string of poor starts for the veteran.

Asked if Peralta would keep starting, Counsell said: “We’ll talk about it. We have to look at the big picture of everything. It’s certainly got to be better.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Myers left in the top of the ninth after appearing to hurt his left leg while running out a fielder’s choice. He walked back to the dugout after being replaced by pinch-runner Jon Jay. … Norris (left hand) took batting practice and replaced Myers at first in the bottom of the ninth.

Brewers: Braun was a late scratch because of a sore right wrist. Braun who is hitting .367, had a 12-game hitting streak snapped Friday. He was not available as a pinch hitter.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Cesar Vargas (0-2) makes his fifth start since being called up from Double-A San Antonio on April 23. The pitching staff has allowed runs in the first inning of each of the last two games following a 23-inning scoreless streak.

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (1-3) got the win in a 5-0 victory against San Diego on Sept. 30. He allowed five hits and struck out six in seven innings in his only career start against the Padres.

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