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Fielder smashes two homers, scores big run in Brewers' victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- A determined Prince Fielder was one big problem for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Fielder homered twice and scored the go-ahead run in the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-4 win over Pittsburgh.

"Obviously, Prince Fielder was very involved today," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "He basically accounted for three of the four runs they got in the early stages of the game. And, he also took a terrific at-bat against John Grabow."

The Brewers, a major league-best 21-10, are 11 games over .500 for the first time since 1992. They have won three straight and seven of eight.

Fielder led off the eighth inning with a single to right off Grabow (0-1) and advanced to second on Johnny Estrada's sacrifice, the fifth of his career and first this season. Matt Capps came in and got pinch-hitter Tony Graffanino to fly out before pinch-hitter Bill Hall drove in Fielder with a single to put Milwaukee ahead 5-4.

"They came up with obviously a very, very big two-out, two-strike base hit," Tracy said about Hall's hit.

Fielder just eluded catcher Ryan Doumit's tag as the throw home was up the third-base line. After he slid across the plate, Fielder popped up and repeatedly punched his fists toward the Pirates' bench, prompting plate umpire Tim Timmons to step in front of him and point him toward the Brewers' dugout.

"You just want to go out there and win," Fielder said. "Whenever you're upset, just handle it on the field. Anytime you think something isn't right, just handle it on the field. It's always better to win and handle it that way."

Fielder's animated response wasn't lost on Tracy.

"Obviously, he wasn't very pleased with getting hit last night, but can you blame him?" Tracy said.

Doumit wasn't as diplomatic.

"It was a nice slide," he said. "My hat is off to him, but I think that's pretty bush league what he did afterwards."

On Saturday, Capps hit Fielder on the right shoulder and was ejected by plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after Hardy homered in the seventh during the Brewers' 6-3 victory. Instead of charging the mound, Fielder just lay on the ground and glared at Capps before trotting off to first.

"You could woof all you want, but to stand up and make it count like he did, that's pretty special," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said of Fielder's performance Sunday.

Hall scored on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s single for the Brewers' final run.

"There is no better way to pay somebody back than to get some game-winning hits," Hall said. "We retaliated in the right way."

Carlos Villanueva (3-0) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings to get the win and Francisco Cordero worked the ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances.

The Pirates spoiled Ben Sheets' bid to win consecutive starts for the first time since August 2005, a span of 23 starts and three stints on the injured list.

Pittsburgh scored four runs in the seventh to tie it.

Chris Duffy ended Sheets' seventh start with a one-out, two-run homer. Matt Wise took over and walked Jack Wilson before Freddy Sanchez singled. One out later, Brian Shouse relieved Wise and gave up consecutive RBI singles to Adam LaRoche and Doumit. Brewers manager Ned Yost pulled Shouse and brought in Villanueva, who got Xavier Nady to ground out to end the inning.

"Duff hit the home run, and it got our batteries going a little bit," Tracy said.

Sheets allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Fielder, who turns 23 on May 9, led off the second with a drive over the Pirates' bullpen in right. It was his eighth homer and seventh in his last 16 games.

Fielder lined his second of the game into the seats in right after J.J. Hardy led off the fourth with a single that extended his career-high hitting streak to 17 games. It was Fielder's fifth career multihomer game and second of the season. The first was April 23 at Chicago.

"I am just here to play baseball, and do the talking on the field," Fielder said.

Tony Armas allowed three earned runs and six hits in five innings for the Pirates. He struck out six and walked two.

Notes

  • With right-hander Armas starting, Brewers LF Geoff Jenkins and 3B Craig Counsell, both left-handed hitters, were in the starting lineup
  • Duffy snapped an 0-for-17 slump with his second homer of the season.
  • The Pirates have lost three straight and five of their last six.
 
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In the fourth inning, slugger Prince Fielder admires the first of his two home runs.  (AP)
In the fourth inning, slugger Prince Fielder admires the first of his two home runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Pittsburgh

R. Doumit
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duffy, CF5112000 .237
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Jack Wilson, SS4110100 .288
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5120001 .258
Jason Bay, LF5010034 .265
Adam LaRoche, 1B4011011 .167
Ryan Doumit, C3021100 .441
Xavier Nady, RF4010005 .243
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Brad Eldred, RF0000000 .139
Jose Bautista, 3B2100201 .264
Tony Armas, P2000022 .286
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
   a- Nate McLouth, PH-RF^CF2000001 .233
Totals3649446  
a-flied out for Marte in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Doumit (5, Sheets)
HR - Chris Duffy (2, Sheets)
RBI - Chris Duffy 2 (8), Adam LaRoche (13), Ryan Doumit (7)
2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche (6), Ryan Doumit (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Nate McLouth (2, Misplayed grounder), Jack Wilson (2, Dropped fly)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Tony Armas 5643262 7.94
Damaso Marte 1000020 0.87
John Grabow (L,0-1) 1.1211010 5.06
Matt Capps 0.2211000 2.25
WP - Tony Armas 2 (2), John Grabow (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tony Armas 94-57, Damaso Marte 11-7, John Grabow 22-16, Matt Capps 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony Armas 3-6, Damaso Marte 1-0, John Grabow 2-1, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Tony Armas 23, Damaso Marte 3, John Grabow 6, Matt Capps 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4010013 .252
Craig Counsell, 3B3000122 .207
J.J. Hardy, SS4120011 .339
Prince Fielder, 1B4333001 .298
Johnny Estrada, C3000001 .287
Geoff Jenkins, LF3110010 .346
   a- Tony Graffanino, PH1000001 .232
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Gabe Gross, RF3000010 .214
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
   b- Bill Hall, PH-CF1111000 .250
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF-LF3021110 .346
Ben Sheets, P2000024 .067
    Kevin Mench, RF2000001 .299
Totals33610529  
a-flied out for Jenkins in the 8th
b-singled for Villanueva in the 8th
Batting
2B - Geoff Jenkins (5, Armas)
3B - Tony Gwynn Jr. (1, Armas)
HR - Prince Fielder 2 (9, Armas, Armas)
SH - Johnny Estrada (1)
RBI - Prince Fielder 3 (26), Bill Hall (14), Tony Gwynn Jr. (5)
2-OUT RBI - Bill Hall (2), Tony Gwynn Jr. (3)
SB - Rickie Weeks (7, 3rd base off Grabow/Doumit)
Team LOB - 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets 6.1622351 4.04
Matt Wise (H,6) 0.1122100 3.95
Brian Shouse (BS,1)0200000 3.24
Carlos Villanueva (W,3-0) 1.1000000 2.79
Francisco Cordero (S,12) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 108-64, Matt Wise 11-6, Brian Shouse 7-3, Carlos Villanueva 17-12, Francisco Cordero 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 9-5, Carlos Villanueva 1-3
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 28, Matt Wise 3, Brian Shouse 2, Carlos Villanueva 4, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37761
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Adam Dowdy, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez