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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Brewers Blow It In 3-6 Loss



From Sportsline.com:

Derrek Lee's first homer in almost three months came at the best possible time for the reeling Chicago Cubs.

His long, two-run shot into the left-field bleachers tied the score in the eighth inning, and the Cubs scored three more runs to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Wednesday and end a five-game losing streak. Chicago had dropped nine straight at Wrigley Field.

"It's a huge relief," manager Dusty Baker said. "Now you see what it means to have D-Lee back, to have that big bat in the lineup."

Lee, who came off the disabled list Sunday after missing 59 games with a broken wrist, hit his first homer since April 8, a shot off Dan Kolb (2-2) that started the comeback.

Obviously, after missing so much time, the defending NL batting champ is still feeling his way around the plate and the field. He is 4-for-17 since being activated.

"I don't feel great, honestly, at the plate," Lee said. "But you just keep working and you don't know when good things can happen. I'll keep fighting until I get that rhythm down and get in a groove."

Kolb struck out the next two batters before Jacque Jones singled to left. Ronny Cedeno then blooped a double into shallow right just out of the reach of diving second baseman Rickie Weeks.

Milwaukee right fielder Geoff Jenkins picked up the ball and threw to the plate, but catcher Chad Moeller couldn't come up with it as Jones slid in with the go-ahead run. Henry Blanco followed with a run-scoring triple, and pinch-hitter John Mabry added an RBI double.

"I made a couple of bad pitches and they hit them," Kolb said. Of Cedeno's bloop, he added: "That's the way it's been going for me. Everything went downhill after that."

Milwaukee took a 3-1 lead in the eighth on Bill Hall's 16th homer, a two-out, two-run drive off Bob Howry (3-2).

The Brewers won the first two games of the four-game series, including an 8-5 comeback win in the ninth Tuesday night when two Chicago errors helped them score four runs.

"You can't expect to beat them every day," Hall said. "We got out to a good start. ... We still have a chance to win the series tomorrow."

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