MINNEAPOLIS – Ryan Klesko had four hits and three RBIs in support of Brian Lawrence, who pitched the San Diego Padres past the Minnesota Twins 7-2 Saturday night to end their five-game losing streak.

Klesko got San Diego started with a solo homer, his 12th, in the first inning. The Padres, just 4-12 in June, finished with 16 hits. Their seven runs, the most they’ve scored since May 31, gave them 44 for the month.

Robert Fick went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Lawrence (4-6) gave up five hits, two runs and a walk in 7 1-3 innings while striking out three.

He loaded the bases in the seventh with two outs, following a pair of singles and his second hit batter of the game, but struck out Michael Cuddyer on a pitch out of the strike zone to end the threat.

The right-hander didn’t give up a hit until Joe Mauer’s single in the fourth.

Minnesota starter Brad Radke always gives up his share of hits, partly because his control is so sharp. He’s walked only six batters in 98 2-3 innings this season, and his career walks-per-nine-innings ratio – 1.63 entering this game – is ninth on baseball’s all-time list among pitchers with at least 250 starts.

But lately he’s been a little too hittable for the Twins to succeed. In his past five outings, Radke (5-6) has won just once and yielded 42 hits and 18 runs in 29 2-3 innings.

The first inning was typical: Klesko homered with two outs, into the stacks of football seats above the right-field wall, to stick Minnesota in an early hole. In 15 starts, Radke has given up eight homers. Opponents are batting .397 against him in the opening frame.

Phil Nevin got hit by a pitch on the hand to start a two-run second. Sean Burroughs’ run-scoring groundout and Khalil Greene’s two-out RBI single stretched the Padres’ lead to three.

Radke deftly escaped a bases-loaded, none-out situation in the fifth on a dribbler in front of the plate, a three-pitch strikeout and a bouncer back to the mound.

But that was enough for manager Ron Gardenhire, who sent rookie Matt Guerrier out for the sixth. Radke threw 83 pitches, walking a season-high two and yielding seven hits and three runs with three strikeouts.

Guerrier gave up two runs in the seventh, when Fick led off with a triple down the left-field line that got stuck behind reliever J.C. Romero’s chair in the bullpen.

Fick scored on Klesko’s fluke single, which shortstop Luis Rodriguez lost in the ceiling and watched drop in front of Shannon Stewart in shallow left. Burroughs made it 5-1 with a two-out single.

For good measure, Fick hit an RBI single and Klesko drove him in with a double to make it 7-1 in the eighth against Terry Mulholland.

Notes: San Diego catcher Ramon Hernandez, who left Friday night’s game with a sore left wrist sustained while diving back into first base, was unable to play. Manager Bruce Bochy said he needed a few days to recover. … Radke hasn’t won an interleague game in four seasons. He beat the Cincinnati Reds with a complete game on July 8, 2001. … Damian Jackson replaced Klesko in left for the eighth and, with a leaping catch, took a two-run homer away from Stewart. … Minnesota’s Jacque Jones ended an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the seventh.

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