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Brewers 6, Pirates 2

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MILWAUKEE -- Lyle Overbay's bunt single was way more important than his solo 404-foot homer.

It forced Pittsburgh's Mike Gonzalez to pitch to slugger Carlos Lee, whose two-run double sparked a four-run eighth inning rally Wednesday that carried the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pirates 6-2.

"That was a huge bunt," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I mean, Overbay tied it up with a home run and then came back and that was a perfect bunt to set the whole thing up."

With the score tied thanks to solo shots by Overbay and Geoff Jenkins that erased a 2-0 deficit, Brady Clark lined an infield single off right-handed reliever Rick White's glove to start the eighth inning and beat White's throw to second base on a comebacker by Junior Spivey.

Gonzalez came in and Overbay got the bunt sign.

But instead of a sacrifice, the ball dribbled down the left-field line for a single to load the bases with no outs. And Lee sent a 2-2 fastball down the left-field line for a two-run double.

"I told Overbay, 'If you bunt the ball, go for a base hit because if the first base is open, they're going to walk me,' " Lee recounted.

"With Jenkins behind me, it's lefty-lefty, there's no way they're going to let me hit. So, when he was safe at first, I was like, 'Now, they've got to pitch to me,"' Lee said. "I was very excited about it. I like to hit with people on base."

One out later, Damian Miller's two-run single off Gonzalez made it 6-2.

Overbay wasn't around in the clubhouse to talk about whether his bunt single was by design or happenstance: With an off day coming up, he hustled out of Miller Park, presumably to catch a flight for a quick trip to his home state of Washington.

Either way, bunting isn't something Overbay is accustomed to doing.

Last year, he swung away all season because he and Jenkins were the only power threats in a bad lineup. The offseason acquisitions of Lee and Miller have changed that.

"I don't know if I'd have had Overbay bunt last year," Yost said. "We didn't have the bats behind him to be able to do that. Last year we had Overbay and Jenkins and we had to take our shot with those guys. (This year) the opportunity's there to put runners in scoring position and have the guys behind them do their job."

The Pirates were lamenting the missed opportunity one batter before Overbay's perfect bunt, when second base umpire Mike DiMuro called Clark safe on White's throw to second.

"When I let go of the ball, I thought for sure we had him," said White (0-1). "That gives us one out with a guy on first base and we still got a double play set up."

Jorge De La Rosa (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Mike Adams pitched the ninth.

Milwaukee, 6-12 against Pittsburgh last year, fell behind 2-0 in the third when Chris Capuano started the inning by walking Josh Fogg on five pitches. Fogg came around to score on Jason Bay's single, and Rob Mackowiak beat the relay on a potential inning-ending double play groundball, allowing Jack Wilson to score Pittsburgh's second run.

Capuano, who allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings, walked Fogg again on five pitches in the fourth but escaped the inning still trailing 2-0, and Jenkins' homer, his first, cut the Pirates' lead in half in the bottom of the inning.

Overbay's second homer of the season tied it in the sixth off Fogg, who was otherwise effective: he allowed just the two earned runs on five hits in seven innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

"You'd like to put up more runs," Fogg said. "I had a two-run lead and a one-run lead. I figure I'm a good enough pitcher I can hold those leads. But it didn't work out for me today."

Notes

RHP Mike Jones, the Brewers' top draft pick in 2001, will have another shoulder operation Thursday. He had surgery on his right shoulder on Oct. 7, but experienced pain over the last six weeks and an MRI on Wednesday showed his rotator cuff hadn't healed. Team physician Dr. William Raasch, who performed the first operation, will also perform the second, which is being termed exploratory. ... The only two walks issued by Capuano were to Fogg.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

L. Overbay
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

J. Bay
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Lawton, RF5020012 .270
Jack Wilson, SS5100005 .182
Jason Bay, CF5031012 .308
Craig A. Wilson, LF4020012 .310
Rob Mackowiak, 2B-3B4011001 .333
Daryle Ward, 1B4010013 .100
Ty Wigginton, 3B4010001 .182
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
David Ross, C4010002 .333
Josh Fogg, P1100211 .250
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
    Freddy Sanchez, 2B1010000 .313
Totals3721222519 
Batting
2B - Matt Lawton (3, Adams), Jason Bay (2, Capuano)
RBI - Jason Bay (2), Rob Mackowiak (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig A. Wilson 1
DP - Mackowiak-J. Wilson-Ward
Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Fogg 7522262 2.03
Rick White (L,0-2)0122000 12.27
Mike Gonzalez 1322010 7.20
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 107-62, Rick White 5-3, Mike Gonzalez 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 3-11, Rick White 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 27, Rick White 2, Mike Gonzalez 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4130010 .333
Junior Spivey, 2B3100101 .297
Lyle Overbay, 1B3221101 .276
Carlos Lee, LF4112001 .303
Geoff Jenkins, RF4111002 .200
Damian Miller, C4022010 .400
Russell Branyan, 3B4000031 .308
Bill Hall, SS3000001 .111
Chris Capuano, P1000000 .000
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000010 .000
    Wes Obermueller, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Magruder, PH1000010 .333
    Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
Totals32696277 
a-struck out for Capuano in the 5th
b-struck out for Obermueller in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brady Clark (1, Fogg), Carlos Lee (4, Gonzalez)
HR - Lyle Overbay (2, Fogg), Geoff Jenkins (1, Fogg)
RBI - Lyle Overbay (6), Carlos Lee 2 (8), Geoff Jenkins (2), Damian Miller 2 (3)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Overbay-Hall, Spivey-Hall-Overbay
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano 5722230 4.35
Wes Obermueller 2200020 0.00
Jorge De La Rosa (W,2-0) 1100000 0.00
Mike Adams 1200000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 96-57, Wes Obermueller 36-24, Jorge De La Rosa 6-4, Mike Adams 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-6, Wes Obermueller 1-3, Jorge De La Rosa 1-1, Mike Adams 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 23, Wes Obermueller 8, Jorge De La Rosa 3, Mike Adams 5
Game Information
Attendance - 11021
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Tom Hallion