Pittsburgh at Milwaukee

W: D. Turnbow (5-1) L: J. Mesa (2-8)
HR: PIT - J. Bay (25), T. Wigginton (6)   MIL - R. Weeks (12), J. Hardy (4), P. Fielder (2)

Brewers 6, Pirates 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder will take this kind of pummeling anytime.

The rarely used rookie hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Jose Mesa in the ninth inning Wednesday to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"We just couldn't wait for him to get to home plate so we could beat him up," said fellow rookie J.J. Hardy, who helped the Brewers celebrate their first game-ending hit of the season with a pounding of Fielder.

Hardy hit a two-run homer earlier in the game, as did Rickie Weeks, another of the "Baby Brewers" who are being counted upon to reverse the club's losing legacy.

"That shows you why we feel good about where we're going," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

This is just the start, Fielder suggested.

"Hopefully we'll be able to do that for at least 10 more years,'"' Fielder said after the trio of rookies provided all the pop at the plate.

Weeks delivered the biggest pouncing after the burly Fielder crossed home plate following a soak-it-all-in trot around the bases. He slapped his good friend and minor-league roommate on the helmet several times in jubilation.

"Rickie was going for the knockout," Fielder said. "I'm a little dizzy. I didn't expect it that hard."

Mesa (2-8) walked pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay on four pitches, then grooved an 0-1 splitter that Fielder sent to second-deck porch in right field, 400 feet away.

Fielder had struck out in his only other at-bat against Mesa earlier this year.

Fielder's second big-league home run stopped a three-game losing streak for the Brewers and made a winner of Derrick Turnbow (5-1), who struck out the side in the top of the ninth. It also denied Mark Redman the win, which would have ended a 12-game road winless streak.

Yost hasn't used Fielder much since his second call-up from the minor leagues, sending him up to pinch-hit just four times in the last two weeks. But he didn't hesitate in the ninth.

"This is exactly why he's here," Yost said. "He can fill that role. And the reason we don't use him (more) is we're just not going to throw him out there. We're saving him for situations like that."

Ty Wigginton had set up Redman for his skid-stopping win with a three-run homer off Tomo Ohka in the sixth, his sixth this season but first since May 28. That erased a 4-2 deficit.

Since winning at Miller Park on April 12, Redman is 0-7 on the road. He wasn't on top of his game this time, either, allowing four earned runs and 10 hits in five innings -- but neither was Ohka, who allowed five earned runs on nine hits in six innings. Both surrendered two home runs.

The Brewers collected seven hits off Redman in the first two innings and might have scored more than four runs had Weeks taken a better turn around third base before getting thrown out at the plate by center fielder Rob Mackowiak on a two-out single by Carlos Lee. Lee was picked off second base in the fifth.

Weeks stopped an 0-for-19 skid with his 12th homer, a two-run shot, in the first, and Hardy's fourth homer an inning later made it 4-1. Jason Bay's 25th homer made it 4-2 in the third.

Craig Wilson singled leading off the sixth and Ohka walked Daryle Ward. One out later, Wigginton sent Ohka's pitch 355 feet to left, just over the wall, for a three-run shot, setting up Redman for the win despite his shaky start.

"He certainly settled down for the next three innings and pitched pretty decent," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We got the lead and the bullpen did a nice job for three innings."

Not four.


Brewers RF Geoff Jenkins missed his third straight game with a sore lower back. ... Brewers IF Jeff Cirillo (broken finger) returned from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Monday and will be activated when the rosters expand.
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P. Fielder
AB 1
R 1
H 1
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T. Wigginton
AB 4
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H 1
HR 1

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Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Adam Dowdy, First Base - Lazaro Diaz, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Marty Foster