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Friday, July 15, 2005

Brewers Win in 10th, 4-3

Frank Robinson could have stomached a walkoff homer. But a balkoff call? No way.

Mike Stanton balked home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday night, giving the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the slumping Washington Nationals before a rare sellout crowd at Miller Park.

"This is compared to a referee in the NBA with one-tenth of a second on the clock and he calls a touch foul and sends the guy to the free-throw line to win a ballgame," Robinson said. "They don't do it. This one shouldn't have ended up like that."

In his first appearance for the Nationals, who signed him Wednesday after he was waived by the New York Yankees, Stanton tried to pick off Rickie Weeks from first base before he even threw a pitch.

Weeks said he saw Stanton step toward home plate as he threw over to first and that's why he took a couple of steps off the bag himself.

"I was hoping the umpire saw it," Weeks said.

First base umpire Paul Schrieber ruled exactly that, allowing Chris Magruder to score from third.


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