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Monday, May 01, 2006

Brewers Beat Astros 4-2



From Sportsline.com:

Bill Hall doesn't mind his role as a utility player and it's showing at the plate.

Hall had three hits for the third consecutive game, including a home run, and Damian Miller hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

"I am embracing being in the lineup, no matter how I get in there," said Hall, who made his ninth start at third base Monday. He has also started five games at shortstop and two at second base after heading in to the offseason expecting to be the everyday third baseman for Milwaukee. Then the Brewers acquired Corey Koskie, forcing Hall to play any number of positions, including center field, to stay in the lineup.

The plan is working. He is now hitting .348 in 20 games.

"I feel pretty good up there," Hall said. "It's fun right now. Everybody on the team is swinging the bat well. We always knew we could get on a roll like this, and, hopefully, here we go."

The victory, Milwaukee's sixth in its last seven games, was tempered by the loss of starter Tomo Ohka, who left the game after the fifth inning with a right shoulder cuff strain. Ohka retired 13 batters in a row at one point, and gave up two hits and one run before leaving. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Ohka said his shoulder started to bother him in the fourth inning. Brewers manager Ned Yost said he approached Ohka after the fifth, and he said his shoulder was getting tight. Yost immediately decided to go to the bullpen.

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