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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.
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."
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.
|The uniform is new but Trevor Hoffman is up to his old tricks, pitching a scoreless ninth. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nyjer Morgan, CF||4||0||0||1||0||2||3||.321|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.354|
|Brandon Moss, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.218|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.284|
|Eric Hinske, RF||3||1||1||2||0||0||2||.278|
|Andy LaRoche, 3B||3||1||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Jason Jaramillo, C||3||0||1||2||1||0||1||.345|
|Brian Bixler, SS||4||1||2||0||0||2||1||.273|
|Evan Meek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Paul Maholm, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Jesse Chavez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Vazquez, SS||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.188|
|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|
|DP - Maholm-Bixler-LaRoche, LaRoche-F. Sanchez-LaRoche|
|E - Brian Bixler (1, Throwing)|
|Jesse Chavez (BS,1; L,0-1)||0.1||2||1||1||0||0||1||1.93|
|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|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||5||1||2||2||0||0||3||.268|
|Corey Hart, RF||2||2||2||0||3||0||0||.297|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||1||2||2||1||1||2||.351|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||1||6||.225|
|Mike Cameron, CF||4||0||0||1||1||0||2||.309|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.174|
|Jorge Julio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mitch Stetter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brad Nelson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bill Hall, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.297|
|Mike Rivera, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|b- Jason Kendall, PH-C||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.173|
|Dave Bush, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.200|
|Craig Counsell, SS||2||1||1||0||0||0||2||.269|
|a-struck out for Stetter in the 7th|
|b-popped out for Rivera in the 4th|
|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|
|DP - Weeks-Counsell-Fielder|
|E - Rickie Weeks (5, Throwing)|
|Jorge Julio (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||9.00|
|Mitch Stetter (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.57|
|Todd Coffey (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.77|
|Trevor Hoffman (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|Attendance - 26594|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - John Hirschbeck|