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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Brewers Lose 5-6



J.J. Hardy hit a two-out, two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the inning after Wes Helms reached on an error by shortstop Greene. The closer still earned his 35th save in 37 opportunities by striking out Brady Clark to end the game.

"The underlying theme of all year is how well guys have responded with brief stints in the lineup," Hoffman said. "It's been a group of role players that have stepped up."

It was the third straight win for the Padres (67-66), who are above .500 for the first time since Aug. 12. They remain in first place in the NL West -- six games in front of Los Angeles -- and have gained two games in the standings since last being above .500.

Rudy Seanez (6-1) earned the win with one inning of relief. Padres starter Adam Eaton hasn't won in his last three starts after winning eight in a row. He gave up three runs and three hits in six innings.

Rick Helling was trying to get his first win since joining Milwaukee's starting rotation last week. He allowed two earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"It wasn't like we had a huge lead," Helling said. "A one-run lead against a good ball club is going to be tough to hold."

Davis was more direct.

"I'm supposed to hold it there," he said. "I didn't do my job."

In the fourth, Eaton walked Rickie Weeks and Overbay singled to put runners at the corners with one out. Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly scored Weeks, and Geoff Jenkins followed with his 18th homer, a two-run shot that gave the Brewers a 3-2 lead.

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