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Giants complete three-game sweep of slumping Brewers

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers' continued slump has left manager Ned Yost speechless.

Pedro Feliz scored from first base on Rich Aurilia's single to right field in the eighth inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday and completing a three-game sweep.

"The way we've been playing right now, we need to find ways to be a better team," Yost said. "And that's all I have to say."

The Brewers continue to trail the Chicago Cubs by 1½ games in the NL Central, and have lost four in a row and seven of their last 10 to drop to 25-40 on the road.

With two outs, Aurilia hit a high fly ball off Scott Linebrink (4-5) that landed near right fielder Corey Hart, second baseman Rickie Weeks and the foul line. Feliz scored easily when Hart's throw traveled up the third-base line.

"I didn't want to dive for it," Hart said. "I just made a bad throw."

Said Feliz: "The wind is kind of crazy here and I saw he was playing back. You have to take advantage of that."

Aurilia thought the ball would be caught and appeared disgusted after hitting it.

"Fortunately there were two outs and Pedro was running the whole way," Aurilia said. "I just found a lucky spot to drop it in."

Steve Kline (1-2) pitched the eighth for his first win of the season and Brad Hennessey recorded the final three outs for his 14th save in 16 chances, including the last 11 in a row.

"Come-from-behind wins are always more exciting," Hennessey said. "It's huge for us to get on a good run right now and build for next year."

The Giants had not swept a series at home since May 21-23 against the Houston Astros.

Guillermo Rodriguez hit a two-run shot, his first career homer, off Brewers starter Dave Bush to tie the game at 4-4 in the seventh inning.

The 29-year-old Rodriguez, who spent the last 11 years toiling in the minors, said he had to give up four hats and a used bat to get the ball back.

"It's amazing. My first home run ties the game," said Rodriguez, whose last five hits have all been for extra bases. "I've hit home runs in the minors but I think this was the right moment. It was kind of cool -- the ball just kept going."

Bush retired 14 of 15 hitters before giving up a pair of doubles in the sixth. He escaped that inning but couldn't survive the seventh. He gave up four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking one.

"The home run was a cutter but it wasn't a good pitch," Bush said. "There were five guys I'd never seen before and not much of a scouting report to go on."

Giants starter Tim Lincecum allowed four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Ryan Braun, who came into the series in a 3-for-28 slump, gave the Brewers a 4-1 advantage with his three-run homer in the third. He has played in only 90 games, but is three homers shy of tying the Brewers' rookie home run record of 28 set by Prince Fielder last season.

The third baseman, a leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year, had five hits in 13 at-bats against Giants pitching and is batting .389 (14-for-36) against them this season.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the first without a hit. Dave Roberts walked, stole second, went to third on Rajai Davis' sacrifice bunt and scored on Randy Winn's slow roller to first.

Geoff Jenkins doubled to lead off the second and later scored when J.J. Hardy singled to tie it at 1-1.

Notes

  • Lincecum had an 11-inning scoreless streak against the Brewers end in the second inning.
  • The Brewers are 9-21 in their last 30 games.
  • Bush is 7-3 with five no decisions in his last 14 starts and one relief appearance.
  • Jenkins broke an 0-for-15 slump with his double.
  • The Giants committed three errors for the third time this season.
 
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Third-base coach Tim Flannery gives props to Guillermo Rodriguez for the rookie's first career homer.  (AP)
Third-base coach Tim Flannery gives props to Guillermo Rodriguez for the rookie's first career homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

G. Rodriguez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5110011 .227
Gabe Gross, RF3000024 .244
   a- Bill Hall, PH-CF1000010 .258
Prince Fielder, 1B3100101 .281
Ryan Braun, 3B4123011 .334
Geoff Jenkins, LF4110002 .265
Corey Hart, CF-RF4010001 .280
Damian Miller, C3000122 .238
J.J. Hardy, SS4021000 .275
Dave Bush, P2000011 .114
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Dillon, PH1010000 .417
Totals3448428  
a-struck out for Gross in the 7th
b-singled for Linebrink in the 9th
Batting
2B - Geoff Jenkins (22, Lincecum)
HR - Ryan Braun (25, Lincecum)
SH - Dave Bush (5)
RBI - Ryan Braun 3 (66), J.J. Hardy (72)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (22)
CS - Corey Hart (5, 2nd base by Lincecum/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush 6.1644141 4.96
Brian Shouse 0.2000010 2.43
Scott Linebrink (L,4-5) 1311010 3.95
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 76-54, Brian Shouse 7-4, Scott Linebrink 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 7-8, Brian Shouse 1-0
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 26, Brian Shouse 2, Scott Linebrink 5
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, LF3100102 .268
Rajai Davis, CF3010001 .280
Randy Winn, RF4012020 .294
Pedro Feliz, 3B4110001 .251
Rich Aurilia, SS-1B4121000 .255
Daniel Ortmeier, 1B4010022 .255
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .000
Guillermo Rodriguez, C3112001 .279
Kevin Frandsen, 2B3010001 .224
Tim Lincecum, P1000010 .077
   a- Ray Durham, PH1010000 .224
    Noah Lowry, PR0100000 .089
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Klesko, PH1000011 .270
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
    Omar Vizquel, SS0000000 .249
Totals3159516  
a-doubled for Lincecum in the 6th
b-struck out for Taschner in the 7th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (35, Bush), Kevin Frandsen (6, Bush), Ray Durham (21, Bush)
HR - Guillermo Rodriguez (1, Bush)
SH - Rajai Davis (3)
RBI - Randy Winn 2 (43), Rich Aurilia (29), Guillermo Rodriguez 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Randy Winn (10), Rich Aurilia (12)
SB - Dave Roberts (28, 2nd base off Bush/D. Miller)
CS - Rajai Davis (4, 2nd base by Linebrink/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Aurilia-Ortmeier
E - Rich Aurilia (8, Misplayed grounder), Pedro Feliz 2 (10, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum 6743251 3.94
Jack Taschner 1000020 5.00
Steve Kline (W,1-2) 1000000 4.43
Brad Hennessey (S,14) 1100010 3.17
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 95-68, Jack Taschner 15-10, Steve Kline 15-10, Brad Hennessey 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-5, Steve Kline 2-2, Brad Hennessey 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 26, Jack Taschner 3, Steve Kline 4, Brad Hennessey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40997
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott