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Bell's four hits lifts Brewers over Pirates in 13

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- The Milwaukee Brewers have done plenty of losing in Pittsburgh over the years. Now, they've found a way to beat the Pirates -- by making sure reliever Damaso Marte gets into the game.

David Bell's bases-loaded single, his fourth hit of the game, drove in two runs in a three-run 13th inning against Marte and the Brewers rallied to beat the Pirates 5-2 Wednesday.

Six relievers combined to pitch seven shutout innings as the Brewers won the final two games of the three-game series after losing seven in a row in Pittsburgh over the last two seasons. The Brewers were 15-35 in PNC Park until winning twice in a 22-hour span, beating Marte each time.

"We've had problems here in the past, so it's nice to come in here and take two of three," Brewers starter Chris Capuano said.

Geremi Gonzalez (4-2) pitched a scoreless 12th for the victory and Francisco Cordero finished up for his eighth save in eight opportunities since being traded by the Rangers to the Brewers on Aug. 9. Cordero has yet to allow a run in 10 innings with Milwaukee, and has pitched in all but one of the Brewers' wins since they acquired him.

"That's what we needed there," catcher Mike Rivera said of the bullpen. "The key is pitching, and they did a great job."

Marte's wildness quickly got him into trouble in the 12th. After walking leadoff hitter Tony Graffanino, Marte (0-7) threw two wild pitches ahead of intentional walks to Bill Hall and Damian Miller. Bell's single made it 4-2 and Rivera added a second RBI single.

"The walk is going to get you there," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "That deep into the bullpen, that deep into the game, you've got to get us into the dugout with an opportunity to win the game."

Capuano is winless in seven starts since being chosen for the NL All-Star team, but made a second consecutive strong start by giving up two runs -- one earned -- in six innings. He was coming off a 2-1 Brewers loss Friday to Atlanta in which he didn't figure in the decision.

Capuano was giving up an average of nearly one home run every three innings since the break -- 11 homers in 36 1/3 innings -- but kept the ball in the park for the first time in those seven starts. He and the relievers also kept Jose Castillo hitless in five at-bats, striking him out three times.

Castillo began the game with a .650 average (13-for-20), five homers and 16 RBI in six home games against the Brewers this season.

"We went back to the drawing board and tried some different things against Castillo, who's hurt us quite a bit, and today it worked," Capuano said.

The Pirates scored on Jose Hernandez's force-play grounder in the third, after third baseman Bell lost Chris Duffy's grounder in the sun and misplayed it for a two-base error, and Xavier Nady's RBI single in the sixth.

"He just lost it, never saw it and it came right down and hit him on top of the head," manager Ned Yost said of Bell's error.

Pirates starter Zach Duke also was effective while allowing two runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He left with a 2-1 lead in the seventh, but Matt Capps gave up Brady Clark's two-out RBI single to tie it. Clark had been hitless in 14 at-bats.

The Brewers also scored on Corey Hart's double and Rivera's RBI single in the fifth. The Pirates squandered two opportunities to win it by stranding five runners in the eighth and ninth against Jose Capellan.

"It's why you have to play the whole game," Bell said. "They're not easy sometimes. You keep playing and keep going."

Duffy, the center fielder, prevented a run in the 12th, racing to his left and stretching out to make a diving catch on the warning track of Jeff Cirillo's two-out drive into the right-center gap.

"That's as fine a play as a center fielder can make," Tracy said. "I didn't think he had a chance."


  • Pirates LF Jason Bay didn't start a third consecutive game because of a strained hamstring, but hit a long fly ball as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
  • Tracy had both No. 3 hitter Freddy Sanchez, the NL's leading hitter, and cleanup hitter Randa put down sacrifice bunts.
  • Tracy said before the game that SS Jack Wilson couldn't swing the bat because of a bone bruise in his right hand, but Wilson grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the 11th.
  • Marte also took the loss in Milwaukee's 6-3 victory Tuesday night after giving up hits to the only two batters he faced.
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Milwaukee's Bill Hall celebrates after scoring in the 13th inning.  (AP)
Milwaukee's Bill Hall celebrates after scoring in the 13th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Bell
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0

J. Hernandez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Rick Reed