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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Brewers Win 8-4

Carlos Lee left the game early with an injury, so the Milwaukee Brewers were forced to get their offense from other sources.

Rickie Weeks, the club's promising first pick in the 2003 draft, did his part when he hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh to give the Brewers a come-from-behind 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Lee, whose 72 RBI leads the majors and is almost twice as much as the next best Milwaukee player, departed in the second inning with a left knee contusion.

He was injured skidding to a stop chasing a foul ball near the left-field foul line and appeared to bang his knee against the wall in the first inning.

Lee remained in the game and walked and scored in the bottom of the first. He was replaced by Chris Magruder to start the second inning with the Brewers ahead 3-1.

Brewers manager Ned Yost said that taking Lee out was simply the smart thing to do.

"When he got up and walked and then had to run around the bases on (Damian) Miller's double, it was just real sore running around the bases," Yost said. "We wanted to get him out of there, get it iced, get it taken care of.

In the seventh, Geoff Jenkins walked, advanced on a balk, and took third on J.J. Hardy's bunt single and then scored on pinch-hitter Trent Durrington's single. Rick White relieved Redman and got one out before Weeks hit his second home run since being called up on June 10.

"That was the back-breaker," the Pirates' Matt Lawton said. "It pretty much put it out of reach."

McClendon said the balk, Redman's second of the season, really hurt.

"After the balk call, things just fell apart," McClendon said.

Redman went six innings, allowing six runs on six hits. He walked five and struck out three in his third straight loss.

He was 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two previous starts against Milwaukee, including a 2-0 victory on May 15 at Pittsburgh.

Prince Fielder, Milwaukee's other prized prospect along with Weeks, had an RBI single in the eighth to make it 8-4.

The Pirates chased Milwaukee starter Tomo Ohka with three runs on five hits in the sixth.


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