MILWAUKEE -- With his mother sitting in the stands and a pink bat in his hands, Bill Hall figured he was going to do something special to help the Milwaukee Brewers win on Sunday.
Hall figured his sacrifice bunt to set up the go-ahead run in the eighth inning might have been that moment. And if not, his long throw from deep in the hole at shortstop to preserve a one-run lead in the ninth certainly could have been.
But first baseman Prince Fielder dropped the throw, Xavier Nady was called safe and Carlos Delgado scored from third to tie the game. The Brewers would have to call on Hall again.
He delivered a two-out home run in the 10th inning to give Milwaukee a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets.
Hall was one of one of several players around the league who used pink bats on Sunday as part of a Mother's Day breast cancer fundraiser. Though he might have been tempted to ditch the bat after striking out in three of his first four appearances, he didn't.
"It had her name on it," Hall said of his mother, Vergie. "I mean, she's up there watching. Like I said, she's never let me give up, and I wasn't going to give up on the bat because I was having a tough time."
Hall gave a spare pink bat to his mother as a souvenir before she left Miller Park to make the 10-hour drive back to Nettleton, Miss., on Sunday night.
"She's the love of my life, so anything I can do special for her, I'm always up for it," Hall said.
Hall also is up for just about anything in the field. His ability to play almost any defensive position makes him especially valuable to the Brewers, although manager Ned Yost said before Sunday's game that he knows Hall deserves the honor of having his own set position.
"I'm just in the lineup, and that's all that matters to me," Hall said.
The Brewers blew leads in the seventh and ninth innings of Sunday's game, including closer Derrick Turnbow's first blown save of the season.
After giving up a game-winning home run to Paul Lo Duca in a non-save situation on Saturday, Turnbow blew his first save when Fielder couldn't hang on to Hall's throw.
But neither Yost nor Turnbow expressed concern after the game.
"I feel strong, I feel good," Turnbow said. "To me, that's the most important thing."
Jorge De La Rosa struck out two in one inning to earn the victory (2-0). Chad Bradford (2-2) took the loss by giving up Hall's homer.
Pedro Martinez struck out 10 in seven innings -- his 107th career game and third this year with 10 or more strikeouts -- but gave up home runs to Rickie Weeks and Damian Miller.
Martinez has given up a team-high eight homers this season, more than he allowed in 29 outings for the Boston Red Sox in 2003.
"Every mistake I make is a home run, it's not a double," Martinez said. "Those guys must be good."
Coming off a 1-5 West Coast road trip, the Brewers took two of three from the Mets at home.
"Talk about being hot," Martinez said. "Those guys are lucky, hot. They have it going offensively."
Yost was happy to see the team bounce back.
"Our guys, they're getting a lot of confidence in themselves offensively," he said.
A sacrifice fly by Geoff Jenkins had given the Brewers a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning after Hall's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third.
A pair of errors cost the Brewers a 4-2 lead in the seventh.
Weeks, whose home run in the fifth inning extended the Brewers lead, botched a ground ball at second base -- his 12th error of the season -- allowing Delgado to reach base and giving the Mets runners on first and second with two outs.
David Wright then hit a sharp line drive to right field off new Brewers reliever Brian Shouse, and the ball scooted under Jenkins' glove, allowing Carlos Beltran and Delgado to score and tie the game 4-4.
Mets hitters, meanwhile, couldn't take full advantage of another wild outing by Brewers starter Doug Davis, who walked five batters in five-plus innings. Davis has issued a National League-worst 37 walks this season.
"We had opportunities to score early," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "They struggled."
Two of Davis' walks came home in the second inning on a two-run, two-out double by Jose Valentin, who was 4-for-5 Sunday after homering and driving in four runs Saturday.
The Brewers added Shouse, acquired Saturday in a trade with the Texas Rangers, to their 25-man roster and optioned right-hander Jared Fernandez to Triple-A Nashville. ... With the Mets set to begin a three-game series in St. Louis Tuesday, Randolph says he expects teams to begin pitching around Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols as often as they do with Barry Bonds. "I can see, very soon, everyone treating him the same way they've treated Barry the last couple of years."
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||6||0||0||0||0||0||5||.256|
|Kaz Matsui, 2B||5||0||2||0||1||0||1||.265|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||5||1||0||0||1||3||4||.263|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||4||2||1||0||0||1||1||.298|
|David Wright, 3B||3||1||1||1||2||0||3||.302|
|Xavier Nady, RF||4||1||1||1||1||3||3||.292|
|Chad Bradford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Castro, C||4||0||1||0||1||0||4||.317|
|Jose Valentin, LF-RF||5||0||4||2||0||0||1||.282|
|Pedro Martinez, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.118|
|a- Endy Chavez, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.311|
|Duaner Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cliff Floyd, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.195|
|a-hit a sacrifice bunt for P. Martinez in the 8th|
|2B - Carlos Delgado (5, Turnbow), Jose Valentin (1, Davis)|
|SH - Pedro Martinez 2 (3), Endy Chavez (4)|
|RBI - David Wright (25), Xavier Nady (19), Jose Valentin 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Xavier Nady (3), Jose Valentin 2 (3)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Outfield Assists - Jose Valentin 1|
|DP - Reyes-Matsui-Delgado|
|E - Carlos Delgado (3, Wild throw), David Wright (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Chad Bradford (L,2-2)||1.1||2||1||1||0||0||1||4.61|
|Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 107-72, Duaner Sanchez 20-11, Pedro Feliciano 8-6, Chad Bradford 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 3-7, Duaner Sanchez 2-2, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Chad Bradford 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 26, Duaner Sanchez 5, Pedro Feliciano 2, Chad Bradford 5|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.287|
|Bill Hall, SS-CF||4||1||1||1||0||3||0||.292|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||3||0||0||1||0||2||0||.260|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.296|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||3||0||.321|
|Corey Koskie, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.292|
|Damian Miller, C||4||1||2||3||0||0||1||.337|
|Brady Clark, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.224|
|Jorge De La Rosa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Doug Davis, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.111|
|Jose Capellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Shouse, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dan Kolb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Wise, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Gabe Gross, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Derrick Turnbow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.240|
|a-singled for Wise in the 8th|
|2B - Corey Koskie (13, P. Martinez)|
|HR - Rickie Weeks (3, P. Martinez), Bill Hall (8, Bradford), Damian Miller (4, P. Martinez)|
|SF - Geoff Jenkins (2)|
|SH - Rickie Weeks (1), Bill Hall (2)|
|RBI - Rickie Weeks (10), Bill Hall (16), Geoff Jenkins (21), Damian Miller 3 (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (6), Bill Hall (5)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|E - Geoff Jenkins (4, Misplayed grounder), Rickie Weeks (12, Wild throw)|
|Jose Capellan (H,4)||1.1||0||1||0||1||0||0||3.80|
|Dan Kolb (BS,1)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.64|
|Derrick Turnbow (BS,1)||1||2||1||1||0||1||0||2.35|
|Jorge De La Rosa (W,2-0)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||7.30|
|HBP - Delgado (by Doug Davis)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 104-61, Jose Capellan 22-11, Brian Shouse 6-4, Dan Kolb 16-12, Matt Wise 13-8, Derrick Turnbow 14-8, Jorge De La Rosa 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 4-6, Jose Capellan 2-2, Brian Shouse 1-0, Dan Kolb 1-0, Matt Wise 2-1, Derrick Turnbow 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Doug Davis 25, Jose Capellan 5, Brian Shouse 1, Dan Kolb 3, Matt Wise 4, Derrick Turnbow 5, Jorge De La Rosa 5|
|Attendance - 28104|
|Game Time - 3:23|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Tim Tschida|