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MILWAUKEE -- J.J. Hardy's patience was wearing thin in extra innings, but he waited -- exactly one more pitch.
"It's just a coincidence that it's bobble day for me that it happened, but it's nice to have that many fans out there and win a ball game like that," said Hardy, who finished 3-for-5.
CC Sabathia got a no-decision instead of a victory for a change, but the Brewers still kept pace in the playoff race with their 23rd win in their last at-bat and ninth series sweep this season.
Milwaukee leads the Cardinals by 3½ games for the wild card with two games in St. Louis beginning Tuesday, and trails the Chicago Cubs by 4½ games in the NL Central after both division rivals won on Sunday as well.
Pirates reliever Jason Davis (1-4) walked Rickie Weeks with one out in the 12th. Weeks stole second moments later, setting the stage for Hardy, who drove the next pitch just over the infield for the winner.
"I was planning on swinging at that fastball, but I saw Rickie take off, so I figured I'd take it, let him get to second, scoring position," Hardy said. "Split-finger, I think he hung it a little bit and it found a hole for me."
"You just had the feeling getting out of that jam right there, we were going to win the ball game in the bottom half of the inning," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
Gomez hit a bouncer down the left field line that went just foul before striking out.
"I thought it was right over the bag," he said.
Torres allowed a leadoff single to Rivas opening the ninth and threw a wild pitch to put him at second. Pinch hitter Nate McLouth, who'd missed the previous four games with a viral infection, singled to tie it 3-all.
Milwaukee scored two runs for Sabathia in the sixth to take the big left-hander off the hook for the loss and put him in line for a win, but the bullpen gave it right back.
Pinch hitter Freddy Sanchez tripled off reliever David Riske after Cameron, in center field, couldn't make a diving catch. Sanchez scored off Nyjer Morgan's single with one out in the seventh to tie it at 2.
Milwaukee took a 2-1 lead when Corey Hart doubled to start the sixth and scored on a single by Cameron. Pinch hitter Gabe Kapler, who came in for Sabathia, singled in the second run with two outs off Pirates starter Paul Maholm.
"The way the game was going, the flow of the game, I made my mind up that if we had a runner in scoring position, I was going to take a shot at trying to score that run for him and hold it to see if he could get the win," Yost said.
Sabathia, the AL Cy Young winner last year who had his second no-decision since coming to Milwaukee in a July 7 trade, wasn't as sharp as previous starts but held Pittsburgh scoreless until three straight singles with two outs in the fifth, capped by Doumit's RBI flare.
"Both sides left a lot of guys on base, a lot of hits, we just couldn't come up with the big one," Pirates manager John Russell said.
Sabathia finished six innings. He struck out Adam LaRoche to end the fifth, and LaRoche was ejected from the game along with Russell a half-inning later for arguing the high strike with home plate umpire Bob Davidson.
"Bob continued to agitate the situation by coming toward our dugout and yelling," Russell said. "They were exchanging words, we got Adam, pushed him down the dugout and he stopped talking and Bob kept coming. I didn't think it was handled right."
Milwaukee's postseason push gets a lot harder after a day off Monday. After two games against the Cardinals, the Brewers finish the season by playing the Mets, Phillies and Cubs 13 times in the final 26 games.
"Obviously, everyone knows they are two big games, they're right behind us in this wild-card push," Cameron said. "They've played pretty good baseball, too. Two good teams playing good baseball. Somebody's got to win and somebody's got to lose."
|The Brewers go wild after J.J. Hardy's RBI single in the 12th inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nyjer Morgan, CF||5||1||3||1||0||1||0||.226|
|Jack Wilson, SS||6||0||2||0||0||1||3||.277|
|Ryan Doumit, C||6||0||2||1||0||0||3||.330|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.269|
|Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.279|
|Jason Michaels, RF||5||0||2||0||1||1||0||.235|
|Brandon Moss, LF||6||0||2||0||0||2||6||.258|
|Chris Gomez, 3B||6||0||1||0||0||1||7||.292|
|Luis Rivas, 2B||6||1||1||0||0||0||5||.222|
|Paul Maholm, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.109|
|a- Freddy Sanchez, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Denny Bautista, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|b- Nate McLouth, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.277|
|Matt Capps, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Andy LaRoche, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.169|
|Tyler Yates, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Davis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-tripled for Maholm in the 7th|
|b-singled for D. Bautista in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Grabow in the 11th|
|3B - Freddy Sanchez (1, Riske)|
|SH - Nyjer Morgan (1)|
|RBI - Nyjer Morgan (3), Ryan Doumit (50), Nate McLouth (76)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Doumit (17)|
|SB - Nyjer Morgan (3, 2nd base off Riske/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 14|
|Outfield Assists - Brandon Moss 1|
|DP - J. Wilson-Rivas-LaRoche, Maholm-Doumit-LaRoche, J. Wilson-Rivas-LaRoche, Rivas-J. Wilson-Mientkiewicz|
|Jason Davis (L,1-4)||0.1||1||1||1||1||0||0||4.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 96-61, Denny Bautista 26-19, Matt Capps 14-8, John Grabow 11-8, Tyler Yates 15-11, Jason Davis 12-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 7-1, Denny Bautista 1-3, Matt Capps 1-2, Tyler Yates 1-1, Jason Davis 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 27, Denny Bautista 7, Matt Capps 3, John Grabow 3, Tyler Yates 4, Jason Davis 3|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||5||1||1||0||1||2||3||.229|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||5||0||3||1||1||0||0||.283|
|Ryan Braun, LF||5||0||0||0||0||3||5||.299|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Guillermo Mota, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||2||1||.270|
|Corey Hart, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.285|
|Mike Cameron, CF||5||1||5||2||0||0||0||.257|
|Bill Hall, 3B||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.225|
|Salomon Torres, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Laynce Nix, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.111|
|Jason Kendall, C||4||0||0||0||1||0||3||.249|
|CC Sabathia, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||3||.242|
|a- Gabe Kapler, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.302|
|David Riske, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Shouse, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Counsell, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|a-singled for Sabathia in the 6th|
|2B - Corey Hart (37, Maholm)|
|HR - Mike Cameron (23, D. Bautista)|
|RBI - J.J. Hardy (62), Mike Cameron 2 (58), Gabe Kapler (35)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Cameron (19), Gabe Kapler (13)|
|SB - Rickie Weeks (17, 2nd base off Davis/Doumit), Mike Cameron (14, 2nd base off Yates/Doumit)|
|CS - Gabe Kapler (1, 2nd base by Maholm/Doumit)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Hardy-Weeks|
|David Riske (BS,4)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||4.08|
|Salomon Torres (BS,6)||2||3||1||1||0||2||0||2.58|
|Guillermo Mota (W,4-5)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.53|
|WP - Salomon Torres (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 96-64, David Riske 24-16, Brian Shouse 20-13, Salomon Torres 33-20, Carlos Villanueva 38-20, Guillermo Mota 7-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 5-7, David Riske 1-2, Brian Shouse 2-1, Salomon Torres 3-1, Carlos Villanueva 1-1, Guillermo Mota 1-1|
|Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 25, David Riske 5, Brian Shouse 4, Salomon Torres 9, Carlos Villanueva 7, Guillermo Mota 3|
|Attendance - 45163|
|Game Time - 4:00|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|