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Brewers prevail in 13th, complete sweep of Reds

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Rickie Weeks found redemption for his late mental error with his bat.

Weeks' long line drive gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-5 victory in 13 innings Wednesday night, completing a three-game sweep of the Reds.

It made up for Weeks' fielding gaffe in the top half of the inning, when he allowed Juan Castro to go home from second base on a routine sacrifice bunt to give the Reds a 5-4 lead.

"That just shows you what kind of team we have," Weeks said. "Redemption or not, you have got to come up there with the situation on the line and try to deliver."

It was the Brewers' ninth walk-off victory of the season, and 16th win in their last at-bat.

"Believe me, we don't want to be in this situation, but sometimes it just happens," Weeks said. "We have to go out there and try to put our best foot forward and try to squeak those wins out."

Geremi Gonzalez (2-0) earned the victory for Milwaukee.

Jason Standridge (1-1) took the loss for the Reds, who have lost five straight and dropped to three games over .500 for the first time since April 19.

"It was a great game, especially if you're a Brewer fan," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "Both clubs battled back, both clubs showed a lot of heart, and they just had the last at-bat."

The Brewers loaded the bases with no outs against Standridge on two singles and a walk before Weeks hit a long line drive to center field.

"Our guys keep coming," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "They just keep coming. The situation doesn't really phase them."

Castro led off the 13th with a pop fly down the right field line, but Weeks couldn't get there in time and the ball dropped in for a ground-rule double.

Rich Aurilia put down a sacrifice bunt, and Prince Fielder picked up the ball and threw to Weeks at first. Castro didn't stop at third as expected, rounding the base and scoring just ahead of the throw to break a 4-4 tie.

Weeks has struggled in the field this season, committing 20 errors in his first 52 games, but had been improving of late.

"I wasn't sure that the umpire saw I had the ball still in my glove, so I kind of showed it to him," Weeks said. "And sure enough as soon as I turned around the guy was rounding third."

The Brewers took advantage of two earlier game-saving efforts by Geoff Jenkins, who made a run-saving catch in the ninth and hit his first home run since May 20 to answer Adam Dunn's home run in the 10th.

The Reds took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th when Dunn hit a two-out homer off Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow. But Jenkins snapped a career-worst 142 at-bat homerless streak in the bottom of the inning, tying the game at 4.

Earlier, Jenkins prevented the Reds from taking the lead with a diving catch of a line drive by Javier Valentin with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth.

But Milwaukee squandered a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth when Bill Hall hit into a double play with two on and one out.

"We had opportunities throughout the game to score some runs, but we just couldn't push that one big run across until it really counted," Yost said.

Cincinnati had another scoring chance in the 11th when Austin Kearns went to third on a throwing error by catcher Damian Miller, but Jason LaRue grounded out and David Ross struck out.

The Reds originally tied the game in the sixth, when Kearns tripled off the left-field wall to score Scott Hatteberg.

Notes

  • Weeks' game-winning hit originally was ruled a ground-rule double, but later was changed to a single because he never touched second base.
  • Brewers right-hander Ben Sheets is scheduled to begin a minor league injury rehabilitation stint with a start for the Milwaukee Brewers' Triple-A affiliate on Sunday. Sheets, has missed most of this season with tendinitis in his shoulder.
  • The Reds optioned Wednesday's starter, Elizardo Ramirez, to Single-A Dayton, and may call up Edwin Encarnacion.
  • The Brewers designated catcher Chad Moeller for assignment and optioned right-hander Carlos Villanueva to Triple-A Nashville. Left-hander Dana Eveland will be recalled from Nashville and the contract of catcher Mike Rivera will be purchased from Nashville.
  • Wednesday's attendance was 19,651.
 
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Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks gets mobbed after his walk-off double in the 13th drives in the winning runs.  (AP)
Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks gets mobbed after his walk-off double in the 13th drives in the winning runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Cincinnati

S. Hatteberg
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, 2B-3B^LF5000013 .291
Felipe Lopez, SS5010111 .269
Ken Griffey Jr., CF6110013 .255
Adam Dunn, LF5111022 .233
    Juan Castro, 3B1110000 .242
Rich Aurilia, 3B-1B4110100 .263
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3122000 .302
   a- Brandon Phillips, PH-2B3010000 .322
Austin Kearns, RF5011112 .273
Jason LaRue, C4010021 .180
Elizardo Ramirez, P1000000 .150
   b- Quinton McCracken, PH1000000 .208
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
   c- Javier Valentin, PH1000002 .209
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   d- David Ross, PH1000011 .307
    Esteban Yan, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shackelford, P0000000 .000
    Jason Standridge, P0000000 .000
Totals4551043915 
a-doubled for Hatteberg in the 9th
b-grounded out for Ramirez in the 7th
c-lined out for Mercker in the 9th
d-struck out for Coffey in the 11th
Batting
2B - Ken Griffey Jr. (11, Villanueva), Juan Castro (7, Gonzalez), Rich Aurilia (15, Villanueva), Scott Hatteberg (18, Villanueva), Brandon Phillips (13, Wise)
3B - Austin Kearns (1, Villanueva)
HR - Adam Dunn (27, Turnbow)
SH - Rich Aurilia (2), Elizardo Ramirez (1)
RBI - Adam Dunn (55), Scott Hatteberg 2 (26), Austin Kearns (50)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (20)
SB - Ryan Freel (19, 2nd base off Villanueva/D. Miller), Austin Kearns (7, 3rd base off Kolb/D. Miller)
CS - Austin Kearns (1, Home by Capellan/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Aurilia-LaRue-Hatteberg, F. Lopez-B. Phillips-Aurilia
Cincinnati Reds
Elizardo Ramirez 6733120 4.14
David Weathers 1200100 5.45
Kent Mercker 1000030 5.32
Todd Coffey 2211111 3.05
Esteban Yan 1.1200100 5.70
Brian Shackelford 0.1000010 7.71
Jason Standridge (L,1-1) 0.1322110 4.76
HBP - Gross (by Elizardo Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Elizardo Ramirez 92-58, David Weathers 15-8, Kent Mercker 18-12, Todd Coffey 32-18, Esteban Yan 21-13, Brian Shackelford 3-3, Jason Standridge 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Elizardo Ramirez 8-7, David Weathers 2-0, Todd Coffey 2-2
Batters Faced - Elizardo Ramirez 26, David Weathers 5, Kent Mercker 3, Todd Coffey 8, Esteban Yan 7, Brian Shackelford 1, Jason Standridge 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5133202 .278
Bill Hall, SS6121005 .274
Geoff Jenkins, RF5131111 .265
Carlos Lee, LF5011102 .284
Prince Fielder, 1B6000033 .271
Corey Koskie, 3B4000020 .261
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
   a- Brady Clark, PH1000000 .270
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
    Rick Helling, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Barnwell, PH1000012 .154
    Geremi Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Damian Miller, C6120010 .276
Gabe Gross, CF4210100 .265
Carlos Villanueva, P1000002 .000
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
   c- Corey Hart, PH1010000 .326
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Cirillo, 3B3030000 .346
Totals4861665817 
a-flied out for Turnbow in the 10th
b-struck out for Helling in the 12th
c-singled for Capellan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall 2 (23, Ramirez, Weathers), Damian Miller (21, Ramirez), Jeff Cirillo 2 (7, Coffey, Yan)
3B - Rickie Weeks (3, Ramirez)
HR - Geoff Jenkins (8, Coffey)
SH - Carlos Villanueva (1)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 3 (29), Bill Hall (41), Geoff Jenkins (49), Carlos Lee (70)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (22)
CS - Rickie Weeks (5, 2nd base by Ramirez/LaRue)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Villanueva-Weeks-Fielder
E - Damian Miller (1, Wild throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Villanueva 5.1733240 4.61
Jose Capellan 1.2000010 4.11
Brian Shouse 1000000 2.82
Matt Wise 0.2100010 4.60
Derrick Turnbow 1.1111001 4.78
Dan Kolb 1000110 5.79
Rick Helling 1000020 6.57
Geremi Gonzalez (W,2-0) 1111000 4.79
HBP - Freel (by Carlos Villanueva), LaRue (by Matt Wise)
WP - Derrick Turnbow (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 107-67, Jose Capellan 20-12, Brian Shouse 12-7, Matt Wise 16-9, Derrick Turnbow 19-10, Dan Kolb 16-9, Rick Helling 14-9, Geremi Gonzalez 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 9-2, Jose Capellan 1-2, Derrick Turnbow 2-2, Dan Kolb 2-0, Geremi Gonzalez 1-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 25, Jose Capellan 4, Brian Shouse 3, Matt Wise 4, Derrick Turnbow 5, Dan Kolb 4, Rick Helling 3, Geremi Gonzalez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19651
Game Time - 4:19
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly