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Gyorko makes case for Padres' 2nd base job, homers in 7-1 win over Brewers split squad

  • Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun can't come up with a ball hit by San Diego Padres' Mark Kotsay during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Associated Press

  • San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (68) turns a double play as Milwaukee Brewers' Rickie Weeks slides into second during the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Associated Press

  • Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez goes up the wall to get a ball hit by San Diego Padres' Nick Hundley during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Associated Press

  • San Diego Padres manager Bud Black watches Travis Buck bat during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Associated Press

  • San Diego Padres' Edinson Volquez throws before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Associated Press

Jedd Gyorko hit his second homer of the spring, a two-run shot that helped the San Diego Padres beat a Milwaukee Brewers split-squad 7-1 Monday.

A 2010 second-round pick out of West Virginia, Gyorko has eight RBIs in his first four games. He is trying to win the Padres' second base job, which would allow Logan Forsythe to move to third base.

Kyle Blanks and Mark Kotsay each had two of San Diego's 10 hits. Catcher Eddy Rodriguez added a three-run homer in the ninth.

In a possible World Baseball Classic pitching matchup, Milwaukee's Hiram Burgos, faced San Diego starter Edinson Volquez. Burgos, who will play for Puerto Rico, allowed the homer to Gyorko in 2 2-3 innings with two strikeouts. Dominican right-hander Volquez allowed two hits and struck out four in two scoreless innings.