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Behind Hall's homer, Brewers take care of Tigers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Bill Hall has refused to let an unhittable pitcher or a late-game deficit stop him in Detroit.

Hall's go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning Wednesday night sent the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Tigers.

Hall hit doubles in his two previous at-bats, one night after walking in each of his three plate appearances against Justin Verlander, who threw a no-hitter in the series opener.

"There's nothing they can get by me when I'm relaxed at the plate," said Hall, who also scored in the sixth inning on Damian Miller's RBI groundout.

Fernando Rodney (1-5) was a strike away from getting through the eighth with a 2-1 lead, but Hall drove a full-count pitch over the left-field fence with Prince Fielder aboard after a one-out single.

A year after Detroit's bullpen was a key to the franchise reaching the World Series for the first time since 1984, five relievers have combined to blow 12 of 32 save opportunities.

"There's nothing to do," manager Jim Leyland said. "You got what you got."

Rodney, who went on the disabled list last month with biceps tendinitis, insisted he's healthy and that his 1-2 pitch should've been a called strike to get him out of the inning.

"(I) hope to come back and do the job like last year," said Rodney, one of baseball's top setup men last season.

Milwaukee's bullpen, meanwhile, came through to make the comeback possible.

Chris Spurling (1-0) didn't give up a hit while getting two outs in the seventh. Derrick Turnbow pitched the eighth and Francisco Cordero earned his major league-leading 23rd save in 25 chances.

Chris Capuano was scratched from his scheduled start because he strained his left groin during warmups. He was replaced by Carlos Villanueva, who gave Milwaukee a shot to win with five effective innings.

"Vill was the only guy ready to throw," manager Ned Yost said. "I was hoping we could get him through three, but we were able to get five."

Villanueva said he was filling a bag with candy to munch on in the bullpen when he was told he was starting.

"I thought they were joking at first," he said. "When I got to the dugout and people started staring at me, I knew they were serious."

Villanueva allowed one run and five hits before being replaced by Matt Wise, who gave up a run and three hits in one-plus inning.

Until Hall's hit quieted 37,000-plus fans, the Tigers maintained the buzz at Comerica Park a night after Verlander's no-hitter.

Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Magglio Ordonez had an RBI single in the fourth and Mike Maroth gave up only one run over seven innings.

The NL Central-leading Brewers wouldn't go away, however, and ended up winning for just the 11th time in 31 games.

Slick defensive plays limited Detroit to just two runs on its 11 hits.

"It was a full-team win, a game where we had to scratch and claw," Yost said. "It's big, especially after last night."

Notes

  • The Brewers were the last team in the majors to use just five starters until Villanueva became their sixth.
  • Granderson extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games with a double in the fifth.
  • Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks (right wrist tendinitis) is eligible to come off the DL Thursday and said he hoped to be activated, but Yost doesn't expect him to play right away.
  • Spurling was in the Tigers' organization from 2003-06.
  • Detroit LHP Kenny Rogers is set to make his second rehab start, Friday at Class-A Michigan. "I hope I'm back after that, but you never know," said Rogers, who hasn't pitched for the Tigers this season after having surgery to remove a blood clot in his shoulder.
  • Detroit SS Carlos Guillen, who has been out with an injured right hamstring since Sunday, said he is improving, but did not know when he would return. Leyland said he wasn't available to pinch-hit in the ninth and probably won't play until the next series, at Philadelphia.
  • The Tigers had some success getting seagulls off the field with a noisemaker and dogs.
 
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Milwaukee's Bill Hall ends the night 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and two RBI against Detroit.  (AP)
Milwaukee's Bill Hall ends the night 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and two RBI against Detroit. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

B. Hall
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF4020110 .294
J.J. Hardy, SS4020001 .282
Ryan Braun, 3B3000101 .303
Prince Fielder, 1B3110123 .295
Kevin Mench, LF4000003 .274
Bill Hall, CF3232100 .263
Johnny Estrada, DH4020001 .277
Damian Miller, C4001002 .212
Tony Graffanino, 2B4010002 .230
Totals33311343  
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (10, Maroth), Bill Hall 2 (16, Maroth, Maroth)
HR - Bill Hall (7, Rodney)
RBI - Bill Hall 2 (23), Damian Miller (6)
2-OUT RBI - Bill Hall 2 (4)
CS - Corey Hart (2, 2nd base by Maroth/Rodriguez)
PK - Damian Miller (1, Maroth)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Fielder, Braun-Graffanino-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Villanueva 5511240 2.87
Matt Wise 1311010 3.41
Brian Shouse 0.1100000 4.85
Chris Spurling (W,1-0) 0.2000010 3.66
Derrick Turnbow (H,16) 1100010 4.13
Francisco Cordero (S,23) 1000010 1.98
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 77-49, Matt Wise 31-18, Brian Shouse 10-4, Chris Spurling 8-7, Derrick Turnbow 12-10, Francisco Cordero 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 3-6, Matt Wise 1-1, Brian Shouse 1-0, Chris Spurling 1-0, Derrick Turnbow 2-0, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 20, Matt Wise 6, Brian Shouse 2, Chris Spurling 2, Derrick Turnbow 4, Francisco Cordero 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4021100 .291
Placido Polanco, 2B4010013 .343
Gary Sheffield, DH4110012 .280
Magglio Ordonez, RF4021001 .364
Craig Monroe, LF4010022 .244
Ivan Rodriguez, C3010101 .293
Marcus Thames, 1B2000011 .236
    Sean Casey, 1B2000013 .277
Brandon Inge, 3B4120020 .255
Neifi Perez, SS3000001 .170
Totals34210228  
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (20, Villanueva), Gary Sheffield (10, Villanueva)
SH - Neifi Perez (3)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (35), Magglio Ordonez (57)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Magglio Ordonez 1
DP - Ordonez-Thames-Perez, Maroth-Polanco-Thames, Perez-Polanco-Thames
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth 7911420 4.91
Fernando Rodney (BS,1; L,1-5) 1222001 5.76
Jason Grilli 1000010 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 97-52, Fernando Rodney 21-18, Jason Grilli 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 8-6, Fernando Rodney 2-1, Jason Grilli 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 29, Fernando Rodney 5, Jason Grilli 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37593
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Ron Kulpa