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Monday, July 24, 2006

Brewers Hold On In Wild 12-8 Win



From Sportsline.com:

Bill Hall's homers gave the Milwaukee Brewers some momentum as they get ready to welcome back their ace.

Hall hit two two-run homers and Carlos Lee had one as the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-8 on Monday night.

"We've got bigger things on our hands right now and that's getting back in this race," Hall said after the Brewers had 15 hits, one shy of their season high, and one more than the Pirates.

After the game, the Brewers activated right-hander Ben Sheets off the disabled list where he had been since early May with right shoulder tendinitis. He'll start Tuesday's game and be on a 100-pitch limit.

"A lot of good things are going our way," Hall said. "Hopefully, we can keep everyone healthy and make our run."

Doug Davis (6-6) allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings as the Brewers (48-52) won for just the fourth time in the last 13 games.

The Pirates fell to 2-17 on the road against left-handers and 6-28 overall.

Zach Duke (7-9) had won his first two starts since the All-Star break, but failed to get out of the third inning against the Brewers.

In the third, Brady Clark singled, advanced on Davis' sacrifice and scored on second baseman Jose Castillo's fielding error. Victor Santos relieved Duke and the Brewers added another run on shortstop Jack Wilson's fielding error before Lee's two-run homer, his 28th of the season, made it 10-2.

Duke allowed eight runs -- six earned -- and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two in his shortest outing of this season.

"I didn't have control, and when you throw flat balls down the middle guys are going to hit it hard," Duke said.

Jason Bay's 23rd home run gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Brewers sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the inning and regained the lead 4-2 keyed by Hall's first two-run homer, his 21st of the season.

In the second, Jeff Cirillo and Prince Fielder had RBI singles to make it 6-2.

Hall's two-run homer off Santos in the fifth gave him his second career two-homer game and the Brewers a 12-3 lead.

"I got two good pitches to hit and drove them out of the ballpark," he said.

Brewers manager Ned Yost said the big lead was important.

"All in all, the bats were great tonight," Yost said. "It's nice to have a little bit of cushion so if you do make a mistake or two, you got it covered."

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