Headley drives in 2 more runs, Padres beat Brewers
- Associated Press
- October 3, 2012 - 11:33 PM
MILWAUKEE - Chase Headley drove in two runs, finishing the season with an NL-leading 115 RBIs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Wednesday night.
Headley doubled home a run in the fifth inning, moments after his apparent home run was overturned and called foul when the umpires looked at a video replay.
He hit an RBI triple in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Yonder Alonso.
Headley also drew two walks and finished with a .286 batting average. His previous RBIs high was 64 in 2009.
San Diego improved by five wins this year and wound up with a 76-86 record. The Padres won only five of their last 15 games.
Travis Ishikawa drove in four runs for Milwaukee, including three with a double in the third that made it 6-0. The Brewers went 83-79, a drop of 13 wins after reaching the NL championship series last year.
Since Aug. 20, Milwaukee's 29-13 record was tops in the majors. The Brewers got within 1 1/2 games of St. Louis in the chase for the second wild-card berth, but that was dashed with a 3-6 stretch in late September.
Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer for San Diego, and five relievers held Milwaukee hitless in the final six innings.
Tommy Layne (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the victory and Luke Gregerson earned his ninth save. Jim Henderson (1-3) gave up two runs in the seventh.
Brewers star Ryan Braun went 1 for 4. He led the NL with 41 homers and 108 runs, and also ranked first extra-base hits, slugging percentage and total bases. Braun was second in RBIs with 112 and third in batting at .319.
Braun won the NL MVP last year when he hit .332 with 33 homers, 111 RBIs and 109 runs. He faced a 50-game suspension after testing positive for elevated testosterone, but the players' union appealed and the test result was overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das.
NOTES: San Diego SS Everth Cabrera finished with 44 stolen bases to become the first Padres player to lead the league in that category. ... 3B Aramis Ramirez, who joined Milwaukee in the offseason, was taken out before the start of the third inning. He went out for warmups and received a nice hand when he was replaced by Jeff Bianchi. Ramirez set a team record for most RBIs by a third baseman (103) when he drove in a run in the first. ... The Brewers are the first team to lead the NL in home runs and stolen bases since the 1996 Rockies.
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