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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Party Hardy! JJ Gets It Done

Brewers manager Ned Yost stayed with Ben Sheets in the seventh inning, and it turned out to be a good decision.

J.J. Hardy hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh to back Sheets, helping Milwaukee beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Monday night.

Hardy, in an 0-for-11 slide, connected off Tim Worrell (0-2), making his second appearance since Arizona acquired him from Philadelphia last Thursday. It was just the third homer in 216 at-bats this year for Hardy, his second in six days.

"He left the ball up and I took a good swing," Hardy said. "Just to get Benny a win there, it was good. It was good timing."

Lyle Overbay added an eighth-inning homer against Lance Cormier.

Sheets (6-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and three walks. He came in with a no-decision and a loss since beating Atlanta on July 9.

"Any win is huge right now," Sheets said. "We're fighting for .500 and actually, I'd say we're still in a wild-card race here. It's late July and say what you want, seven games out ain't totally out of it."

Chris Capuano (11-6) will face Brandon Webb (8-7) Tuesday night. Webb was scheduled to pitch on Monday, but was forced to sit because of the flu.


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