Tellez, Brewers beat Darvish, Padres 2-1 to take 2 of 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rowdy Tellez doubled off Yu Darvish to bring in the tying run in the seventh inning and Tyrone Taylor followed with a sacrifice fly for the Milwaukee Brewers, who beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 to take two of three.

Darvish was brilliant in holding Milwaukee to one hit through six innings, but the Brewers broke through in the seventh with two hits, a walk and the sacrifice fly. Former Padres player Luis Urías drew a leadoff walk and took third on Andrew McCutchen’s single, sliding headfirst and touching the base just ahead of Manny Machado’s tag.

Tellez took care of the rest, sending a line drive to the left-field wall that brought Urías home and sent McCutchen to third base. It was Tellez’s only hit on the day.

Taylor brought McCutchen home a few pitches later by sending a high fly ball to the left-field warning track. Jurickson Profar fielded the ball easily but had no play at the plate as McCutchen raced home to score what became the winning run. Taylor had six RBIs during Milwaukee’s three-game series in San Diego and now has 18 this season.

Milwaukee saw another strong performance from the pitching corps. Starter Aaron Ashby lasted 5.2 innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits. He issued three walks and struck out five. The Brewer bullpen continued to shine, allowing only one hit. Devin Williams shut San Diego down in the ninth inning and earned his fourth save of the season.

The win gives Milwaukee (28-16) a 3.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals (24-19) in the NL Central Division. The Brewers are now tied with San Diego for the second-best record in the National League, 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (29-14).

The Brewers continue their road trip on Thursday with a trip to Busch Stadium to take on the Cardinals. Thursday’s game is the first in a four-game series and starts at 6:45 p.m. CT. Eric Lauer (4-1, 2.16) will start for the Crew and Adam Wainwright (5-3, 2.87) will take the mound for the Cardinals. Wainwright is 20-13 in his career against the Brewers in 291.1 innings pitched over 50 appearances.

The two teams last met in a four-game series on April 14-17. They split the series evenly, with Milwaukee winning the first and last games. Milwaukee’s record against St. Louis last season was 7-11.