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Brewers 6, Pirates 5

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MILWAUKEE -- Trevor Hoffman has a new request for his new team and owner Mark Attanasio: Louder speakers.

Hoffman saved his first game with the Brewers following his famous entrance to AC/DC's Hells Bells, and Bill Hall and Rickie Weeks homered in the sixth inning to rally Milwaukee to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

"There's no noise ordinance out here. We aren't hurting anybody sleeping," Hoffman said. "The speakers can't go any louder? Mr. Attanasio might need to get more speakers."

Prince Fielder laughed, shouting to Hoffman: "Message!"

But it was the Brewers rally that really got things shaking. The Brewers trailed 5-1 before they scored two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth on Hall's solo homer to start the inning off Pirates starter Paul Maholm and Weeks' go-ahead, two-run shot off Jesse Chavez.

"It was a nice comeback win for us," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

The 41-year-old Hoffman, the career saves leader who signed a $6 million, one-year deal with Milwaukee in the offseason, got his first save with the Brewers and 555th of his career one night after making his first appearance with Milwaukee.

Hoffman, who spent the first three weeks of the season on the DL with a strained oblique, allowed a leadoff single to Ramon Vazquez, but struck out Nyjer Morgan and forced Freddy Sanchez to ground into a double play to end it. Hoffman's single was the only hit allowed in four innings by the bullpen.

"I thought it was good energy tonight, it was fun," Hoffman said.

It was Milwaukee's 14th straight win over Pittsburgh, the longest active streak by one team over another in the majors, and 17th in a row in Miller Park, where the Pirates haven't won since May 3, 2007.

The Pirates, who will leave Milwaukee with their first winning April in seven years even if they are swept on Wednesday, haven't gotten the strong pitching performances in Milwaukee they did the first three weeks of the season.

Maholm, 0-5 with a 5.59 ERA in his last eight starts against the Brewers, pitched in and out of trouble all night, stranding the bases loaded in the third and fourth inning while scattering seven hits and five walks.

"Sooner or later the baseball gods are going to catch up with you," Pirates manager John Russell said.

The 26-year-old left-hander finally faltered in the fifth on an RBI double by Ryan Braun, who later came around to score on Mike Cameron's groundout that cut the lead to 5-3.

Maholm failed to get out of the sixth after giving up the homer to Hall and a one-out single to Craig Counsell.

Weeks, who has homered in consecutive games, hit the second pitch from Chavez (0-1) over the left field wall after committing an error that cost Milwaukee a run in the third and popping out with the bases loaded to end the fourth.

"I made the mistake and that's unacceptable," Chavez said.

Weeks, who is tied for the team lead with five home runs, said he found the mechanics of his swing in the offseason by watching videos of his rookie year after battling injuries the past two seasons.

"It's a long road," Weeks said. "The swing has always been good, it's just the setup."

Weeks' homer put reliever Jorge Julio (1-0) in line for the win after pitching a perfect sixth inning. Mitch Stetter pitched the seventh and Todd Coffey the eighth before Hoffman entered.

Brewers starter Dave Bush, who took a no-hitter into the eighth in his previous start on Thursday at Philadelphia, hit three batters and walked another as the Pirates built a 5-1 lead off Eric Hinske's two-run double in the third, Morgan's sacrifice fly in the fourth and Jason Jaramillo's two-out, two-run double in the fifth.

Notes

  • Brewers GM Doug Melvin said he's happy with his pitching staff despite being linked briefly in a report as being interested in free agent RHP Pedro Martinez. Melvin said Tuesday one reason they have no interest in Martinez is there is no way to evaluate him. "The guy's not pitching anywhere, so I've got nothing to judge him on," Melvin said.
  • Brewers C Mike Rivera was pinch hit for in the fourth after spraining his left ankle on a play at the plate in the top half of the inning. Rivera is Bush's personal catcher.
  • Pirates CF Nate McLouth (oblique) threw and ran some on the field before the game. McLouth is still several days away from returning.
 
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The uniform is new but Trevor Hoffman is up to his old tricks, pitching a scoreless ninth. (US Presswire)
The uniform is new but Trevor Hoffman is up to his old tricks, pitching a scoreless ninth. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

E. Hinske
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, CF4001023 .321
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4110021 .354
Brandon Moss, LF4110010 .218
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000012 .284
Eric Hinske, RF3112002 .278
Andy LaRoche, 3B3100001 .250
Jason Jaramillo, C3012101 .345
Brian Bixler, SS4120021 .273
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
Paul Maholm, P1000000 .111
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Vazquez, SS1010000 .188
Totals3157518  
Batting
2B - Eric Hinske (5, Bush), Jason Jaramillo (5, Bush), Brian Bixler (2, Bush)
SF - Nyjer Morgan (2)
SH - Paul Maholm 2 (2)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (11), Eric Hinske 2 (4), Jason Jaramillo 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Jaramillo 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Maholm-Bixler-LaRoche, LaRoche-F. Sanchez-LaRoche
E - Brian Bixler (1, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 5.1755521 3.09
Jesse Chavez (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.1211001 1.93
Sean Burnett 1.1000220 3.12
Evan Meek 1000210 0.00
IBB - Kendall by Sean Burnett, Fielder by Evan Meek
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 112-62, Jesse Chavez 10-7, Sean Burnett 30-16, Evan Meek 22-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 6-7, Sean Burnett 1-1, Evan Meek 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 27, Jesse Chavez 3, Sean Burnett 6, Evan Meek 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5122003 .268
Corey Hart, RF2220300 .297
Ryan Braun, LF4122112 .351
Prince Fielder, 1B4000116 .225
Mike Cameron, CF4001102 .309
J.J. Hardy, SS2000111 .174
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
   a- Brad Nelson, PH1000011 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Bill Hall, 3B4121010 .297
Mike Rivera, C1000000 .308
   b- Jason Kendall, PH-C2000102 .173
Dave Bush, P1000100 .200
    Craig Counsell, SS2110002 .269
Totals3269695  
a-struck out for Stetter in the 7th
b-popped out for Rivera in the 4th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (5, Maholm), Ryan Braun (4, Maholm)
HR - Rickie Weeks (5, J. Chavez), Bill Hall (3, Maholm)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (14), Ryan Braun 2 (16), Mike Cameron (13), Bill Hall (8)
SB - Corey Hart (2, 2nd base off Meek/Jaramillo)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Counsell-Fielder
E - Rickie Weeks (5, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush 5654150 4.50
Jorge Julio (W,1-0) 1000010 9.00
Mitch Stetter (H,3) 1000000 2.57
Todd Coffey (H,3) 1000010 2.77
Trevor Hoffman (S,1) 1100010 0.00
HBP - F. Sanchez (by Dave Bush), Hinske (by Dave Bush), LaRoche (by Dave Bush)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 100-62, Jorge Julio 14-10, Mitch Stetter 11-8, Todd Coffey 10-6, Trevor Hoffman 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 8-3, Todd Coffey 1-1, Trevor Hoffman 1-0
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 26, Jorge Julio 3, Mitch Stetter 3, Todd Coffey 3, Trevor Hoffman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26594
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - John Hirschbeck