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Ryan Braun strikes out to end Milwaukee Brewers’ chances at win

The Brewers' Orlando Arcia tags out the San Diego Padres' Francisco Mejia as he is caught stealing second during the fifth inning Wednesday in Milwaukee. (AP photo)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dinelson Lamet struck out a career-high 14 and Kirby Yates fanned pinch-hitter Ryan Braun with a runner on second base to close out the San Diego Padres’ 2-1 win over the playoff-contending Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

The Brewers, who had won four in a row, remained tied with the Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot after Chicago also lost.

Rookie Seth Mejias-Brean hit his first career home run as the Padres ended a six-game losing streak.

Yates took over took to begin the ninth and walked Eric Thames to start the inning. With one out, pinch-runner Tyrone Taylor strayed too far off first base on a popup to shallow left and nearly got doubled off, but was hit in the back by Mejias-Brean’s throw. Taylor went to second on the shortstop’s throwing error, and was stranded when Yates struck out Braun for his 41st save.

Lamet (3-5), who missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, repeatedly hit 97 mph. He struck out five of the first six Milwaukee batters.