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Hardy har har: J.J.'s homer lifts Sheets, Brewers to win

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MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ned Yost stayed with Ben Sheets in the seventh inning, and it turned out to be a good decision.

J.J. Hardy hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh to back Sheets, helping Milwaukee beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Monday night.

Hardy, in an 0-for-11 slide, connected off Tim Worrell (0-2), making his second appearance since Arizona acquired him from Philadelphia last Thursday. It was just the third homer in 216 at-bats this year for Hardy, his second in six days.

"He left the ball up and I took a good swing," Hardy said. "Just to get Benny a win there, it was good. It was good timing."

Lyle Overbay added an eighth-inning homer against Lance Cormier.

Sheets (6-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and three walks. He came in with a no-decision and a loss since beating Atlanta on July 9.

"Any win is huge right now," Sheets said. "We're fighting for .500 and actually, I'd say we're still in a wild-card race here. It's late July and say what you want, seven games out ain't totally out of it."

Jorge De La Rosa pitched the eighth, and Derrick Turnbow finished for his 21st save in 23 chances.

Yost almost lifted Sheets in the seventh, when the score was tied at 2-2 and Arizona had runners at second and third with two outs.

Yost went to the mound not knowing what to do, but decided to let Sheets pitch to Shawn Green. The right-hander managed to get out of the jam by getting Green to ground out to first base.

"He was in a little bit of trouble all night," Yost said. "The thing I like about Ben, when it gets tough out there, he gets tough."

Diamondbacks starter Mike Gosling gave up two runs and six hits in six innings.

"I just tried to go out and stay aggressive and see what happened because a couple of runs really shouldn't have killed us," said Gosling, born in Madison, Wis.

Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the first on Brady Clark's homer and Geoff Jenkins' two-out RBI single that scored Overbay, who doubled.

"You know, he really knuckled down nicely," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "He didn't get off to a hot start, but Gosling really settled in."

Koyie Hill hit an RBI double in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fourth that scored Alex Cintron.

Notes

  • Arizona 3B Troy Glaus was taken out of the starting lineup because of back spasms.
  • Milwaukee had been the only NL team Arizona had not faced this season. The Diamondbacks began a stretch of 10 consecutive games against NL Central opponents.
  • Milwaukee reliever Matt Wise's wife gave birth to a baby girl Monday morning.
  • The Brewers play 12 of their next 18 games at home.
 
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It's all sevens for Ben Sheets: Seven innings, hits allowed and strikeouts -- with two earned runs.  (AP)
It's all sevens for Ben Sheets: Seven innings, hits allowed and strikeouts -- with two earned runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

L. Overbay
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Milwaukee

B. Sheets
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 3
K 7
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B5000011 .264
Royce Clayton, SS5020000 .272
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000021 .277
Shawn Green, RF4110003 .289
Alex Cintron, 3B4110011 .277
Chad Tracy, 1B4010002 .293
Jose Cruz Jr., CF1010300 .217
Koyie Hill, C2012012 .207
   a- Luis Terrero, PH1000001 .247
    Chris Snyder, C0000000 .223
Mike Gosling, P2000023 .000
   b- Quinton McCracken, PH1010000 .242
    Tim Worrell, P0000000 .000
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .250
   c- Tony Clark, PH1000000 .328
Totals342823714 
a-grounded out for Hill in the 8th
b-singled for Gosling in the 7th
c-grounded out for Cormier in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shawn Green (24, Sheets), Alex Cintron (13, Sheets), Chad Tracy (21, Sheets), Jose Cruz Jr. (9, De La Rosa), Koyie Hill (2, Sheets)
SF - Koyie Hill (2)
RBI - Koyie Hill 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Koyie Hill (3)
SB - Royce Clayton (5, 2nd base off Sheets/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Tracy, Gosling-Cintron
E - Craig Counsell (8, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Mike Gosling 6622241 4.13
Tim Worrell (L,0-2) 1111001 7.36
Lance Cormier 1111121 3.83
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Gosling 97-58, Tim Worrell 10-9, Lance Cormier 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Gosling 4-9, Tim Worrell 2-1, Lance Cormier 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Gosling 25, Tim Worrell 4, Lance Cormier 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4121000 .316
Rickie Weeks, 2B4010020 .270
Lyle Overbay, 1B4221002 .289
Carlos Lee, LF3000104 .266
Geoff Jenkins, RF4021011 .278
Bill Hall, 3B4000033 .268
Damian Miller, C3000101 .268
J.J. Hardy, SS2111100 .208
Ben Sheets, P2000003 .000
   a- Russell Branyan, PH1000000 .274
    Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
Totals314843614 
a-grounded out for Sheets in the 7th
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (21, Gosling), Geoff Jenkins (23, Gosling)
HR - Brady Clark (8, Gosling), Lyle Overbay (15, Cormier), J.J. Hardy (3, Worrell)
RBI - Brady Clark (35), Lyle Overbay (51), Geoff Jenkins (45), J.J. Hardy (24)
2-OUT RBI - Geoff Jenkins (10)
Team LOB - 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets (W,6-7) 7722370 3.45
Jorge De La Rosa (H,5) 1100000 4.70
Derrick Turnbow (S,21) 1000000 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 62-41, Derrick Turnbow 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 3-11, Jorge De La Rosa 2-1, Derrick Turnbow 2-1
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 31, Jorge De La Rosa 4, Derrick Turnbow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20062
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna