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Fielder slaps two HRs, including winner in 12th to cap Brewers rally

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Prince Fielder loves Wrigley Field, which is good news for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Fielder homered twice, including a 12th-inning drive that capped a comeback from a four-run deficit and led the Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Monday night.

Fielder's fourth homer of the season just cleared the fence in right and came with one out off Rocky Cherry (0-1), who entered to start the inning in his major league debut. Fielder has four multihomer games, including three against the Cubs, all at Wrigley Field.

"I like playing here," Fielder said. "I like the stadium and everything. It's just fun here because the crowd is always on you, plus this is kind of our rival team."

The last-place Cubs (7-12), who received another uneven outing from Carlos Zambrano, led 4-2 before Fielder homered off Scott Eyre leading off the eighth. Milwaukee tied it when Damian Miller walked with one out, and Geoff Jenkins and Craig Counsell singled. Right fielder Jacque Jones saved at least two runs with a diving grab on pinch-hitter Kevin Mench.

Chicago dropped to 3-8 at the thus-far unfriendly confines. Manager Lou Piniella declined to meet with reporters after the game, and hitting coach Gerald Perry could be heard shouting at an umpire in the tunnel just after it ended. The coaching staff had a closed door meeting in Piniella's office.

The game ended on a called third strike from Derrick Turnbow to Mark DeRosa, who didn't like the call.

"Obviously if you look at the replay, the pitch is a ball," DeRosa said. "Derrick Turnbow is nasty enough, he doesn't need to be getting pitches like that. It was an obvious ball. When you get a call like that against you to end the game, it's frustrating."

Cherry said he faced Fielder before in low Class A ball.

"It was a slider, it was a little bit in, but he got to it and it went out," Cherry said. "I know he's a good hitter. I've seen him on TV in the big leagues. He did a good job."

"I made us play about six extra innings and use guys that didn't need to pitch tonight," said Eyre, who has a 15.00 ERA. "I'm having a tough time with everybody. If I make a mistake, I get hit."

Carlos Villanueva (1-0) pitched four scoreless innings, escaping trouble in the 11th after Felix Pie doubled with one out. Alfonso Soriano flied out and pitcher Jason Marquis, pinch hitting for the second time this season, struck out.

"That was just a phenomenal effort by Carlos Villaneuva," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Turnbow pitched the 12th for his first save. Milwaukee's bullpen allowed five hits in eight scoreless innings.

Soriano, who pinch hit in Sunday's 12-9, 10-inning loss to St. Louis after missing five games with an injured hamstring, returned to Chicago's starting lineup and was shifted from center field to left for the first time since last year with Washington. Soriano went 2-for-6 with two runs scored.

"Soriano is going to be a fixture in left field," Piniella said before the game. "I think we're going to leave him in left field. We'll leave him in left field and let him play."

Brewers catcher Johnny Estrada left in the seventh with a bruised left knee after colliding with the 262-pound Fielder on a Pie bunt.

Zambrano, who is trying to negotiate a long-term deal with the Cubs, gave up two runs, five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA from 7.77 to 6.91.

Derrek Lee's RBI single and Aramis Ramirez's sacrifice fly put Chicago ahead in the first, and Lee's RBI double and Ramirez's homer made it 4-0 in the third off Claudio Vargas, who gave up four runs and six hits in four innings.

J.J. Hardy homered in the fourth, his sixth of the season, and pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. singled in a run in the fifth.


  • The Cubs put RHP Wade Miller on the 15-day DL with back spasms, and recalled Cherry. Angel Guzman will likely return from Triple-A Iowa to take Miller's No. 5 spot in the rotation.
  • Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks hadn't made an error over his last 27 games, going back to last season, before booting a Jones' grounder in the third.
  • Vargas was the first Brewers starter not to last at least five innings this season. ... Pie switched from No. 17 to No. 20, which was his number throughout the minor leagues.
  • Hall struck out three times, reaching in the second inning on a passed ball.
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Prince Fielder turns on a Rocky Cherry pitch to lift the Brewers to an extra-inning victory at Wrigley.  (AP)
Prince Fielder turns on a Rocky Cherry pitch to lift the Brewers to an extra-inning victory at Wrigley. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Lee
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0

P. Fielder
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 2

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B6000023 .243
J.J. Hardy, SS5111110 .282
Prince Fielder, 1B6222012 .267
Bill Hall, CF6000030 .261
Johnny Estrada, C2010101 .274
    Damian Miller, C2100100 .316
Geoff Jenkins, LF5020002 .358
Gabe Gross, RF3100214 .250
Craig Counsell, 3B5021013 .244
Claudio Vargas, P1000011 .200
   a- Tony Gwynn, PH1011000 .462
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Graffanino, PH1000000 .200
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
   c- Kevin Mench, PH1000002 .353
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Vargas in the 5th
b-grounded out for Dessens in the 7th
c-flied out for Wise in the 8th
2B - Craig Counsell (4, Zambrano)
HR - J.J. Hardy (6, Zambrano), Prince Fielder 2 (4, Eyre, Cherry)
SH - Carlos Villanueva (1)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (14), Prince Fielder 2 (12), Craig Counsell (7), Tony Gwynn (3)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Counsell (1)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Weeks-Hardy-Fielder, Hardy-Fielder
E - Rickie Weeks (1, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Claudio Vargas 4644121 4.76
Elmer Dessens 2100110 6.75
Chris Spurling 0.1100110 0.00
Brian Shouse 0.1000000 3.38
Matt Wise 0.1000010 3.52
Carlos Villanueva (W,1-0) 4200330 4.22
Derrick Turnbow (S,1) 1100020 1.80
IBB - Ward by Carlos Villanueva
WP - Chris Spurling (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 68-41, Elmer Dessens 33-19, Chris Spurling 16-10, Brian Shouse 2-2, Matt Wise 6-3, Carlos Villanueva 68-37, Derrick Turnbow 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 5-4, Elmer Dessens 2-2, Brian Shouse 1-0, Carlos Villanueva 3-6
Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 18, Elmer Dessens 7, Chris Spurling 3, Brian Shouse 1, Matt Wise 1, Carlos Villanueva 17, Derrick Turnbow 4
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF6220013 .268
Cliff Floyd, RF2100121 .250
   a- Matt Murton, PH1000002 .270
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Theriot, PH1000000 .340
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Marquis, PH1000011 .273
    Rocky Cherry, P0000000 .000
Derrek Lee, 1B6032012 .360
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3112211 .339
Jacque Jones, CF-RF5010013 .286
Mark DeRosa, 2B5010124 .254
Henry Blanco, C3010011 .182
   d- Daryle Ward, PH0000100 .200
    Ronny Cedeno, PR-SS1000002 .103
Cesar Izturis, SS2000101 .174
   e- Michael Barrett, PH-C2000002 .271
Carlos Zambrano, P2000000 .273
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
   f- Felix Pie, PH-CF3020000 .200
a-grounded out for Floyd in the 7th
b-flied out for Howry in the 9th
c-struck out for Dempster in the 11th
d-was walked intentionally for Blanco in the 8th
e-lined out for Izturis in the 8th
f-hit a bunt single for Wuertz in the 7th
2B - Derrek Lee (8, Vargas), Mark DeRosa (3, Dessens), Felix Pie (2, Villanueva)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (4, Vargas)
SF - Aramis Ramirez (1)
SH - Jacque Jones (1)
RBI - Derrek Lee 2 (13), Aramis Ramirez 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (4)
CS - Derrek Lee (2, 3rd base by Vargas/Estrada)
Team LOB - 11
DP - DeRosa-Lee
PB - Henry Blanco (1)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano 5.1522371 6.91
Will Ohman (H,1) 0.2000010 5.40
Michael Wuertz (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Scott Eyre (BS,2) 0.2322111 15.00
Bob Howry 1.1000000 3.97
Ryan Dempster 2000100 2.45
Rocky Cherry (L,0-1) 1111001 9.00
WP - Carlos Zambrano (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 103-62, Will Ohman 10-9, Michael Wuertz 11-8, Scott Eyre 19-11, Bob Howry 13-8, Ryan Dempster 18-12, Rocky Cherry 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 7-2, Michael Wuertz 1-1, Bob Howry 1-3, Ryan Dempster 5-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 24, Will Ohman 2, Michael Wuertz 3, Scott Eyre 6, Bob Howry 4, Ryan Dempster 7, Rocky Cherry 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33920
Game Time - 4:08
Temperature - 47
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Mike Everitt