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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Brewers Lose Again to Cubs 2-4

Ryan Dempster recorded the final three outs for his 10th save in 11 chances, retiring pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo with two on to end it.

Hall was the only Brewers batter to get to Williams. Hall hit a solo homer in the second. In the fourth, he hit the first pitch, another solo drive to left, for his first career multihomer game and a career-high 10 homers this season.

"Two swings of the bat, and they get the win," Hall said, referring to the two-run homers hit by Lee and Ramirez. "I had two swings of the bat with the same result, just not enough men on base."

Milwaukee starter Victor Santos (2-7) certainly deserved better.

He retired nine consecutive batters after Todd Hollandsworth's one-out single in the first before Lee reached on shortstop J.J. Hardy's error in the fourth.

Center fielder Brady Clark, whose error in the seventh allowed the Cubs to score the deciding run Monday night, caught Jeromy Burnitz's long fly and threw out Lee, who was trying to advance to second.

Santos stayed in command as he retired the next six Cubs, but the Brewers' defense doomed him in the seventh.

Hollandsworth tripled over the head of right fielder Geoff Jenkins, who was turned around on the play. The ball deflected off Jenkins' glove and rolled to the wall. Then Lee hit the first pitch from Santos for his 20th homer, tying it at 2-all.

Rookie second baseman Rickie Weeks booted Burnitz's grounder for an error, and Ramirez sent the next pitch 434 feet to left-center, putting the Cubs ahead 4-2 and sending their visiting fans into a frenzy.

"We got to get better defensively, no matter what," Hall said.

Doug Davis (8-6) will try to rebound off a bad outing vs. the Blue Jays as he goes up against Carlos Zambrano (4-3).


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