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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Brewers Come Back to Beat Cubs 8-5

From Sportsline.com:

Gabe Gross got the bunt down and hustled to first. Halfway there, he saw the Brewers' fortunes change in a hurry.

Ryan Dempster's costly throwing error on Gross' bunt opened the doors for Milwaukee's four-run ninth in an 8-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

"Luck finds you every once in a while, I guess," Gross said.

The Brewers went into the top of the ninth with just two wins in 36 games when trailing after the eighth. The Cubs were gracious hosts, committing two errors in the final inning to earn their fifth straight loss. All four runs were unearned.

The Cubs have lost nine straight at Wrigley Field, and 12 of 14 overall to fall a season-high 20 games under .500.

"This is rock bottom," Dempster said. "I guess we hit it. It seems like we've been saying that forever."

Dempster entered the ninth with a 5-4 lead. Corey Koskie ricocheted a hit off of Dempster and Damian Miller walked with no outs. Dempster then fielded Gross' sacrifice bunt and tried to get the lead runner at third. His throw sailed into left field, allowing Koskie to score to tie it.

Corey Hart then hit a hard grounder through Ronny Cedeno's legs at shortstop and Miller came around to score. Rickie Weeks hit a sacrifice fly and Bill Hall singled before Dempster (1-4) was taken out of the game. He has converted just four of his last eight save opportunities.

"Tonight was as bad as I've ever felt for the guys on the team," Dempster said. "There's no one else on the team that can take any of the blame but me. I've never in my entire career thrown that ball away. It really breaks my heart."

Geoff Jenkins' sacrifice fly off Scott Eyre scored Hart to make it 8-5.

Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances.

"We played good defense all night long and we took advantage of opportunities when they were presented to us," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Gross singled, laid down two sacrifice bunts and scored three runs, the first coming after another Cubs' mistake.


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