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Devil Rays top Brewers, spoiling Fielder's debut

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Lou Piniella wants to look ahead instead of dwelling on the past.

A tough road trip brought the Tampa Bay manager's frustration to a boiling point over the weekend. Monday night's 5-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers gave him something else to talk about -- consecutive wins for the first time in more than two weeks.

The Devil Rays pitched poorly and played horrendous defense while losing 10 of 12 games on a road trip that concluded Sunday with the team snapping a seven-game losing streak at Pittsburgh.

"Let's not think about how the team has played," Piniella said. "I thought that yesterday's game was a key one for us. They tied us up in the ninth and we held on to win in extra innings. I thought the team would get a little strength from that. Let's hope that's the case."

Jonny Gomes and Travis Lee homered to back right-hander Doug Waechter, and the Devil Rays also received some timely hitting from Julio Lugo, Jorge Cantu and Eduardo Perez to spoil the big-league debut of Milwaukee's Prince Fielder.

Fielder, son of former major-league star Cecil Fielder, was promoted from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day. The Brewers' first-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter.

"I was thinking too much. Maybe I just tried too hard," Fielder said.

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said the 21-year-old prospect appeared a little anxious, swinging at first pitches. Fielder felt he calmed down after he grounded out in his first trip to the plate in the second inning.

"I was trying to hit the ball hard, maybe too hard," Fielder said. "Each at-bat I was feeling better and better."

Added Yost: "Prince is getting some valuable experience. It will pay off for him in the long run."

Waechter (3-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked one. Danys Baez finished for his eighth save in 14 chances.

Tampa Bay improved to 17-14 at home, compared to 5-28 on the road. Piniella lashed out at the team's new ownership before Sunday's victory in Pittsburgh for being more concerned with the future than trying to win now.

Chris Capuano (5-6) allowed four runs and 12 hits in seven innings. Chad Moeller and Lyle Overbay homered for the Brewers, who have lost five in a row and dropped a season-low seven games under .500 at 28-35.

Gomes, recalled from Triple-A Durham earlier in the day, hit a solo homer in the fourth and Lee added a pinch-hit solo homer off Ricky Bottalico in the eighth. Lugo and Cantu had RBI singles in the third, and Perez broke a 3-all tie with a fifth-inning single.

Lugo and Cantu had RBI singles in the third. Gomes, recalled from Durham when the Devil Rays released Alex Sanchez and Charles Johnson, added a solo homer for a 3-0 lead.

Waechter gave up a two-run homer to Moeller and solo shot to Overbay in the fifth. The 24-year-old right-hander has yielded 13 homers in 66 1/3 innings this season.

Notes

  • Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins was 0-for-4, extending his slump to 0-for-23 -- the longest hitless streak of his career. Yost said he'll get Tuesday night off.
  • The Devil Rays were the only team in the majors that the Brewers had not faced before Monday night.
  • Capuano picked Aubrey Huff off first base to bail himself out of a jam in the first inning. He leads the majors with eight pickoffs.
  • An MRI exam performed on Devil Rays reliever Jesus Colome revealed slight inflammation in his right shoulder. He won't throw for a week to 10 days.
  • Waechter has allowed 37 homers in 172 career innings, including 27 in 94 innings at home.
  • Lee's homer was his first since Sept. 27, 2003. He missed most season with the New York Yankees because of a shoulder injury.
 
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Lou Piniella has reason to smile as closer Danys Baez notches his eight save in 14 opportunities.  (AP)
Lou Piniella has reason to smile as closer Danys Baez notches his eight save in 14 opportunities. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. Waechter
IP 8.0
H 8
ER 3
BB 1
K 6
Tampa Bay

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4010100 .322
Rickie Weeks, 2B5020014 .308
Lyle Overbay, 1B4121014 .283
Carlos Lee, LF4010001 .289
Bill Hall, 3B4000022 .278
Geoff Jenkins, RF4000021 .233
Prince Fielder, DH4000001 .000
J.J. Hardy, SS3110000 .180
   a- Chris Magruder, PH1000000 .228
Chad Moeller, C2112100 .186
   b- Wes Helms, PH1010000 .305
Totals363932613 
a-flied out for Hardy in the 9th
b-singled for Moeller in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brady Clark (14, Waechter)
HR - Lyle Overbay (8, Waechter), Chad Moeller (2, Waechter)
RBI - Lyle Overbay (30), Chad Moeller 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Geoff Jenkins 1
DP - Jenkins-Hall
PB - Chad Moeller (3)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (L,5-6) 71244041 3.53
Ricky Bottalico 1111011 3.96
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 98-68, Ricky Bottalico 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 7-8, Ricky Bottalico 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 31, Ricky Bottalico 4
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Carl Crawford, LF4000002 .274
Julio Lugo, SS4121000 .287
Jorge Cantu, 3B4131001 .302
Aubrey Huff, RF4020012 .254
    Reggie Taylor, CF0000000 .364
Eduardo Perez, 1B3021014 .270
   a- Travis Lee, PH-1B1111000 .252
Damon Hollins, CF-RF4000001 .312
Jonny Gomes, DH4111020 .296
Toby Hall, C4000000 .297
Nick Green, 2B3120010 .292
Totals3551350510 
a-homered for Perez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu 2 (15, Capuano, Capuano), Eduardo Perez (5, Capuano), Nick Green 2 (9, Capuano, Capuano)
HR - Travis Lee (1, Bottalico), Jonny Gomes (3, Capuano)
RBI - Julio Lugo (28), Jorge Cantu (31), Eduardo Perez (13), Travis Lee (17), Jonny Gomes (6)
2-OUT RBI - Julio Lugo (7), Jorge Cantu (9), Eduardo Perez (4)
PK - Aubrey Huff (1, Capuano)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Damon Hollins 1
E - Jorge Cantu (9, Wild throw)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Doug Waechter (W,3-3) 8833162 5.29
Danys Baez (S,8) 1100100 3.14
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Waechter 103-75, Danys Baez 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Waechter 8-10
Batters Faced - Doug Waechter 33, Danys Baez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 8878
Game Time - 2:16
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Paul Nauert