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Friday, July 01, 2005

Brewers Avoid Sweep, Win 10-6

Carlos Lee's RBI drought lasted all of three games.

Lee raised his major league-leading total to 72 with two long homers Thursday that led the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-6 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Lee had gone 0-for-6 in the first two games of the series.

"We had him checked pretty good until today," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "The guy can hit, and if you don't throw them in the right area, this guy is going to hurt you. He hurt us today."

Lee hit a two-run homer in the first off Greg Maddux (7-5), a drive that landed in the bushes behind center field. He hit a solo shot off Michael Wuertz in the eighth that wound up on Waveland Ave. beyond left field, his 22nd homer of the season.

"I hit the ball pretty good but the wind helped it. It helped carry it about 30 more feet," Lee said.

After facing Carlos Zambrano and Kerry Wood in the first two games of the series, the Brewers teed off on Maddux for six runs and 10 hits in five innings.

"I got hit," Maddux said. I made some good pitches that they hit and I made some bad pitches that they hit. I got beat."

Lee's multihomer game was his third of the season and second against the Cubs.

"Stopping Carlos Lee is tough," said Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, who also homered. "You got to make good pitches. Today he got us early and he got us late."

Damian Miller also homered and had a go-ahead single for the Brewers, and Geoff Jenkins had three doubles in a 16-hit attack.

"It's not easy getting a hit off Maddux any time," Miller said. "It's one of those days where I played the elements right."

It was also one of those days when the Brewers came through with clutch hits, scoring seven of their runs with two outs.

"Two-out hits. That's how you win games," Miller said.

Chris Capuano (8-6) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in six innings, yielding homers to Jerry Hairston and Barrett.

Capuano also helped himself with two hits, matching his season total coming in. He delivered a two-run single off Maddux, who dropped to 11-3 against Milwaukee.

"A lot of times that No. 9 hole in the National League is an automatic out," Capuano said. "I feel like the fact that I could get a couple of RBIs made up for some mistakes I made pitching."

Lee's two-run homer in the first helped the Brewers build a 5-1 lead before the Cubs rallied for a tie.

Rickie Weeks singled and stole second in the fifth and two outs later Maddux intentionally walked Lyle Overbay. Miller, a former Cub, hit an RBI single for a 6-5 lead.

Miller hit a solo homer off Sergio Mitre to make it 7-5 in the seventh, and the Brewers added two more on back-to-back doubles by Jenkins and J.J. Hardy, and an RBI single by pinch-hitter Prince Fielder. Lee's second homer made it 10-5.

Hairston led off the bottom of the first with his second homer, cutting the Brewers' lead to 2-1.

But Milwaukee went back to work in the second as Miller led off with a single, Jenkins doubled off the top of the wall in left-center, Hardy hit an RBI single and Capuano followed with a two-run single.

Hardy was batting just .175, while Capuano was 2-for-29 (.069) with one RBI entering the game.

"The hitting is always fun. Just running the bases makes you feel like a position player," Capuano said.

The Brewers head back home on Friday to face the Pirates as Tomo Ohka (5-4) faces Mark Redman (4-6).


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