SAN DIEGO – Pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay belted a two-run homer with one out in the eighth to give the San Diego Padres a 2-0 win against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
Kotsay, who played with Milwaukee last year, drove a 1-1 pitch from Francisco Rodriguez to right field. Will Venable was aboard on a single.
It was Kotsay's fourth career pinch homer and his first since Aug. 9, 2002, at Cincinnati during his first stint with the Padres. He was signed as a free agent in the offseason for his left-handed bat off the bench and a veteran presence in the clubhouse
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who had his first three-homer game and added a triple for six RBIs in Monday night's 8-3 win, went 1 for 4 with a single.