SAN DIEGO – Wade Miley pitched seven sharp innings and Devin Williams escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat Yu Darvish and the San Diego Padres 1-0 on Sunday.
Brian Anderson hit a sacrifice fly in the second as Milwaukee took three of four in the series. The game’s only run was set up by a disengagement violation on Darvish.
The Brewers also improved to 4-3 on a 10-game trip.
“It was a very well-pitched game on both sides. It felt like Darvish was going to be tough to score against for sure but Wade was just a little bit better,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It is not done (by Miley) with a lot of velocity but it is done where the hitter feels like he is on defense a little bit. That is done by both the quality of pitches and the pace that he works with.”
Miley (2-1) allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked none. San Diego threatened in the second, putting a runner on third with one out, but Miley struck out Trent Grisham and Jose Azocar.
“I’m not really a strikeout guy, I had a few today, but I want quick outs,” Miley said.
San Diego manager Bob Melvin praised Miley for his work against the Padres’ deep lineup.
“He was really good about cutters in, changeups away,” Melvin said. “So he mixed it up really good.”
San Diego wasted a dominant performance by Darvish (0-2), who struck out 12 in seven innings. He allowed four hits and walked two in his 50th career start with double-digit strikeouts.
Milwaukee jumped in front in the second. Garrett Mitchell reached on a one-out bunt single and advanced on a disengagement violation on Darvish. The rookie then swiped third and scored on Anderson’s fly ball to left.
“That is a run scored with your legs,” Counsell said.
Mitchell had two of the Brewers’ four hits.
Peter Strzelecki got three outs before Williams worked a shaky ninth for his third save. Walks to Juan Soto and Austin Nola helped load the bases for Grisham, who looked at a called third strike on a 93.7- mph fastball for the final out.
“I am very familiar with Grisham. I have played with and against him,” Williams said. “I had a feeling he was looking for a changeup there so I got it done, it worked out.”
Brewers: Rookie reliever Gus Varland was placed on the 15-day injured list, a day after the right-hander was hit by a comebacker in a scary moment in a 10-3 loss to the Padres. Right-hander Elvis Peguero was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. … DH Jesse Winker (right oblique) was a late scratch.
Padres: C Brett Sullivan was recalled from Triple-A El Paso with backup catcher Luis Campusano dealing with a minor left thumb sprain. Campusano hasn’t been placed on the IL and may make a relatively quick return.
San Diego also recalled RHP Reiss Knehr from El Paso and optioned RHP Domingo Tapia and OF Brandon Dixon to its top farm club.
Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes (1-1, 5.19) pitches Monday night at Seattle. RHP Chris Flexen (0-2, 8.74 ERA) starts for the Mariners.
Padres: LHP Ryan Weathers (1-0, 2.70 ERA) pitches Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against Atlanta.