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Hardy's two home runs help Brewers complete sweep over Bucs

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MILWAUKEE -- J.J. Hardy breathed a sigh of relief after his hitting streak ended. He wasted no time starting a new one.

Hardy hit two homers, All-Star starter Ryan Braun added one and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-6 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

"I can't explain it. It feels good, I'm just relaxed and comfortable up there and it seems like I'm getting a lot of pitches to hit," Hardy said.

Hardy went 3-for-4 with four RBI to raise his average to .446 over the last 18 games. He has been on a tear since taking six days off with an aching shoulder last month. Saturday night, he gave up his 16-game hitting streak by laying down a sacrifice bunt in the ninth that eventually helped score the winning run.

"He's hitting for power, he's hitting doubles, he's hitting singles, he's clutch hitting. He's just hitting everything," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I don't know how much better it gets than it is right now for any player, to be honest with you. I don't think Babe Ruth had stretches as good as this right now. I'm sure he did, but it really doesn't get much better than the way he's swinging."

On Sunday, Hardy kept swinging away, hitting a two-run homer in the first and adding a two-run shot in the fourth for his second two-homer game in the last six days.

"He's carried us, he's been phenomenal," Braun said. "When a guy gets as hot as he is right now, it's just fun to watch."

Milwaukee tied franchise records with nine doubles and 12 extra-base hits to finish its fifth series sweep, all at home. The Brewers (49-39) improved to 10 games over .500 for the first time this season and are percentage points ahead of St. Louis (50-40) in the NL Central. Both teams are chasing Chicago.

"We feel like we're rolling on all cylinders," said Bill Hall, who had three RBI. "We're hitting the ball all over the place."

Hardy's second shot put Milwaukee up for good 8-6 after the Brewers squandered a 4-0 lead. Milwaukee added another run off Pirates reliever Denny Bautista (1-1) on an RBI double by Corey Hart that scored Braun, named to his first All-Star game on Sunday, and reliever Sean Burnett gave up an RBI double to Hall to make it 10-6.

Brewers reliever Mitch Stetter (2-1) earned the win with two scoreless innings.

Neither starter made it past the third inning. With the Pirates up 6-4, Zach Duke gave up RBI doubles to Hart and Hall in the third to make it 6-all and was chased when Jason Kendall singled to put runners on the corners with one out.

"It just really snowballed," Pirates manager John Russell said. "They were swinging the bats real well and we just couldn't hold them."

That also ended Brewers starter Jeff Suppan's day after he was pulled for a pinch hitter. Suppan is 1-2 with a 10.53 ERA in his last four starts.

Pittsburgh scored six straight runs to erase a 4-0 deficit built by back-to-back homers by Hardy and Braun and an RBI single by Hall.

Jason Bay led off the second with a 443-foot solo homer and the Pirates tied the game when All-Star Nate McLouth drove in three with a two-out double, the final of three straight hits.

"Any time your peers feel that way about you and vote you into an All-Star game it's extremely special and it makes you feel good," McLouth said.

Pittsburgh, which scored eight runs in the series, took a 6-4 lead in the third off Adam LaRoche's two-run homer, but Hardy made sure it didn't last.

"Everything they hit fell in," Russell said. "We just couldn't stop the bleeding."

Notes

  • Brewers ace Ben Sheets (10-4, 2.77 ERA) was named to his fourth All-Star game, while Hart is one of five NL players who can be voted in by Thursday.
  • Pittsburgh, which has lost three straight, is now in the cellar of the NL Central. In the series, the Pirates hit .220, struck out 21 times and committed five errors.
  • The Brewers hit consecutive homers in a game for the eighth time this season and second time this month.
  • Milwaukee last had nine doubles and 12 extra-base hits in an extra-inning game against Philadelphia on May 15, 2001.
 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Hardy
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Pittsburgh

A. LaRoche
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF5023021 .280
Jack Wilson, SS3000003 .306
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    T.J. Beam, P0000000 .000
   a- Steve Pearce, PH1010000 .333
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5000003 .226
Jason Bay, LF3111120 .285
Xavier Nady, RF3100101 .321
Adam LaRoche, 1B3212100 .238
Jose Bautista, 3B4000001 .256
Raul Chavez, C3110100 .227
Zach Duke, P1110000 .121
    Denny Bautista, P1000001 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Michaels, PH1010000 .234
    Luis Rivas, SS1000000 .236
Totals3468644  
a-doubled for Beam in the 9th
b-singled for Burnett in the 6th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (29, Suppan), Steve Pearce (1, Shouse)
HR - Jason Bay (17, Suppan), Adam LaRoche (9, Suppan)
RBI - Nate McLouth 3 (56), Jason Bay (45), Adam LaRoche 2 (39)
2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth 3 (30), Adam LaRoche 2 (9)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - J. Bautista-F. Sanchez-LaRoche, LaRoche-Rivas-Beam
E - Jose Bautista 2 (10, Throwing), Jack Wilson (5, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke 2.1765312 4.23
Denny Bautista (L,1-2) 1444001 4.07
Sean Burnett 1.2200140 4.85
John Grabow 1211030 3.50
T.J. Beam 2100020 7.04
IBB - Kendall by Sean Burnett
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 67-36, Denny Bautista 14-15, Sean Burnett 34-23, John Grabow 23-15, T.J. Beam 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 3-3, Denny Bautista 2-0, Sean Burnett 1-1, T.J. Beam 3-1
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 17, Denny Bautista 6, Sean Burnett 9, John Grabow 5, T.J. Beam 7
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4210111 .208
J.J. Hardy, SS4234100 .295
Ryan Braun, LF5231013 .284
Prince Fielder, 1B5110024 .268
Corey Hart, RF4322002 .296
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000010 .236
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
Mike Cameron, CF4000122 .227
Bill Hall, 3B5033021 .227
Jason Kendall, C4120102 .275
Jeff Suppan, P1000000 .067
   b- Joe Dillon, PH1000001 .222
    Mitch Stetter, P1000012 .000
    Gabe Kapler, RF1011000 .309
Totals40111611410  
a-struck out for Mota in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Suppan in the 3rd
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (13, D. Bautista), J.J. Hardy (20, Burnett), Ryan Braun (22, D. Bautista), Prince Fielder (17, Duke), Corey Hart 2 (25, Duke, D. Bautista), Bill Hall 2 (15, Duke, Burnett), Jason Kendall (15, Grabow)
HR - J.J. Hardy 2 (12, Duke, D. Bautista), Ryan Braun (21, Duke)
RBI - J.J. Hardy 4 (38), Ryan Braun (59), Corey Hart 2 (55), Bill Hall 3 (34), Gabe Kapler (24)
2-OUT RBI - Bill Hall (13), Gabe Kapler (9)
SB - Corey Hart (13, 3rd base off Burnett/Chavez)
CS - Mike Cameron (2, 3rd base by Duke/Chavez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan 3566222 4.71
Mitch Stetter (W,2-1) 2000120 2.21
David Riske 2200100 4.67
Guillermo Mota 1000000 4.91
Brian Shouse 1100000 2.08
HBP - J. Wilson (by Mitch Stetter)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 75-44, Mitch Stetter 34-23, David Riske 24-14, Guillermo Mota 17-9, Brian Shouse 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 1-6, Mitch Stetter 2-2, David Riske 3-2, Guillermo Mota 3-0, Brian Shouse 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 16, Mitch Stetter 8, David Riske 8, Guillermo Mota 3, Brian Shouse 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42163
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Scott Barry