MILWAUKEE (AP) — San Diego Padres pitcher Clayton Richard was thrilled to hit his first career home run. He just wished it came in a winning outing.
Instead, Richard (14-14) gave up three home runs to the Milwaukee Brewers as Milwaukee beat the Padres 5-3 on Monday night.
"I'll take a win over a homer every time," Richard said. "Every pitcher would say that. But it's definitely neat to be able to do that (hit a home run). It was just more luck than anything."
Richard even got the ball back from a Brewers fan, trading a handshake and an autograph.
He gave up five runs and 10 hits in seven innings for his second straight loss after winning five straight decisions. He said he was not executing his pitches.
"They jumped on everything I didn't execute," he said.
Padres manager Bud Black said the home runs came back to haunt Richard.
"It started out looking like he was going to help his own cause," Black said. "The difference was we got out-homered. When that happens, it usually results in a defeat."
Black said the Padres had Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum on the ropes in the third inning, with the bases loaded after Richard's home run , but Marcum got Yonder Alonso to fly out to end the inning.
"We stressed him (Marcum), but couldn't break him," Black said.
Marcum (7-4) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. Marcum was likely making his last start for the Brewers as the team is not expected to re-sign the veteran pitcher. It was his second straight victory after not winning a game since June 8 as he spent two months on the disabled list with right elbow tightness before being activated Aug. 25.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Marcum was good enough to get the win.
"He mixed speeds well and really battled," Roenicke said. "We always knew Shaun knew how to pitch. It is just a question of keeping him healthy."