Milwaukee at Arizona

W: T. Ohka (11-8) L: S. Estes (7-8)
HR: MIL - C. Lee (32), J. Cirillo (4)   ARI - None

Ohka contains D-Backs while Brewers' offense erupts

CBS wire reports

PHOENIX -- The Milwaukee Brewers are loose, relaxed and ready for the stretch drive.

Tomo Ohka pitched seven strong innings, Bill Hall had a career-high five hits and Chad Moeller drove in four runs to lead the Brewers to a 14-2 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

"Most of our wins have been close games," Moeller said. "For us to jump out there and continue to score runs was the biggest thing. If we do put up a big number, we normally kind of stop after that and become complacement, and nobody did that today."

Hall was already thinking about Friday's series opener in Houston, one of four teams ahead of the Brewers in the wild-card race.

"Tomorrow I'm going to face Roy Oswalt, and I can't think about the five hits I got today, because he's a really good pitcher," Hall said.

Jeff Cirillo went 3-for-4 with two walks and three RBI, including a two-run homer against reliever Jason Bulger in the sixth inning to make it 14-0.

Carlos Lee also had a two-run shot and Ohka drove in two runs to help the Brewers win for the seventh time in 10 games. Milwaukee had 19 hits and tied a season high with its 14 runs. The first time was a 14-5 victory at Cincinnati on Sept. 7, and both big games followed 2-1 losses.

"You can't explain it," manager Ned Yost said. "That's why it's a game."

Ohka (11-8), acquired from Washington on June 10 in a trade for infielder Junior Spivey, allowed two runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out seven and improved to 4-1 in his last seven starts.

Ohka had a perfect game until rookie Conor Jackson singled with two out in the fifth inning. The Diamondbacks scored their runs in the sixth on Chad Tracy's RBI triple and Luis Gonzalez's sacrifice fly.

Shawn Estes (7-8) gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings.

"It doesn't mean I don't have any confidence in Shawn, because I do," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said about pinch-hitting for Estes with two outs in the Diamondbacks' third.

After J.J. Hardy doubled with one out in the first, Lee gave Milwaukee a 2-0 lead when he drove the first pitch he saw into the stands in right-center.

"I made a bad pitch to Lee in the first inning, and then it started to become a struggle," Estes said.

The Brewers made it 9-0 with seven runs in the third, started by Brady Clark's leadoff double -- the first of his two hits in the inning. Clark scored on Lyle Overbay's single, and Corey Hart had a bases-loaded groundout. Estes was removed after walking Cirillo to load the bases again.

Moeller greeted reliever Brandon Lyon with a three-run double, and Ohka and Clark added run-scoring singles.

The Brewers added three more runs in the fourth against 26-game starter Brad Halsey, who had not made an appearance since he went to the bullpen after his start Aug. 30 at San Diego. Cirillo had an RBI single, Moeller followed with a triple and scored on Ohka's grounder to make it 12-0.

Ohka had three straight strikeouts early on, then began a streak of four straight outs on grounders before pinch-hitter Quinton McCracken flied out to end the third.

The Diamondbacks hit the ball harder in the fourth, but with no success -- Craig Counsell lined out to first and Tracy and Gonzalez flied out to center.

Ohka struck out Troy Glaus and Shawn Green in the fifth before Jackson lined a single into the gap in left-center. Royce Clayton followed with a bloop single, but Ohka struck out Koyie Hill to end the inning.

"He had good command of his cutter," Moeller said. "He was gettting strike one with his fastball and then cutting all the lefties in on their hands and just being able to stay on the attack. He did a great job of not messing around and making effective pitches."


Ohka is 7-5 in 17 starts and two relief appearances with the Brewers. ... Hill, a catcher, made his second start since he was recalled from Triple-A Tucson on Sept. 2, his third stint with Arizona. ... Estes, who began his career with San Francisco in 1995, still needs one win for 100. He is 1-1 since coming off the 60-day disabled list Sept. 8 after incurring a stress reaction in his left ankle on July 5. ... Moeller's career high is six RBI, also in Bank One Ballpark, on Sept. 29, 2002, for Arizona against Colorado.

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Tomo Ohka goes seven innings, yielding two runs, four hits while striking out seven. (AP)
Tomo Ohka goes seven innings, yielding two runs, four hits while striking out seven. (AP)

Players of the Game

T. Ohka
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 7

C. Moeller
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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HR - Carlos Lee (32, Estes), Jeff Cirillo (4, Bulger)
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Game Information
Attendance - 20741
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Mark Wegner