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Braun, Weeks strike big blows late; Brewers win 16th straight vs. Bucs

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PITTSBURGH -- Apparently, Ryan Braun will do anything to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates, even if it requires a hurried trip from one time zone to another to appear in a game in which the Milwaukee Brewers thought he had no chance of playing.

Rickie Weeks hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the ninth after a supposedly unavailable Braun tied it an inning earlier with a two-run double, helping the Brewers rally for a 7-4 victory against the Pirates on Monday night.

The Brewers scored six runs in the final two innings to earn their 16th consecutive victory against Pittsburgh. It's the longest winning streak in the majors by one team against another since the Diamondbacks took 16 in a row from the Reds from 2001-03.

There hasn't been a longer streak since the Orioles won 23 in a row from the Royals during the 1969 and 1970 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It's pretty remarkable. It's not easy to do," Braun said. "It's not going to happen forever, so enjoy it while it lasts."

Braun's extended day began with an early morning MRI exam that showed no structural damage in his inflamed back, continued with a rushed flight to Pittsburgh -- he wasn't in town when the game began -- and ended with a key hit in a game in which he wasn't supposed to play.

"Unbelievable game," said Braun, who didn't play the previous two days. "I was not anticipating playing, that's for sure. It's kind of a crazy day, something I've never experienced before."

The Pirates certainly have, especially against the Brewers.

They led 3-1 in the eighth behind Paul Maholm's effective start, only to lose the advantage when Braun blooped a double to right against reliever John Grabow.

"I still thought I had something left, but I also understand that we have a very good bullpen and those guys have closed out a lot of games the last two years," Maholm said. "It's disappointing, though, to keep losing to the same team over and over."

When Braun showed up in the dugout at mid-game, manager Ken Macha told him he might get an at-bat.

"He came up to me and said, 'If you're going to use me, when are you going to use me?' " Macha said. "I said, 'Let's see how this inning goes.' And he was ready."

Pittsburgh regained the lead at 4-3 in its half of the eighth on rookie Jason Jaramillo's RBI double, but closer Matt Capps quickly gave it back. Jason Kendall and Craig Counsell singled, Corey Hart walked and J.J. Hardy hit a sacrifice fly to tie it.

With runners on first and third, Capps (0-2) repeatedly attempted a pickoff throw designed to keep the runner on first from taking off, only to have Weeks hit the ball deep into the left-field bleachers for his sixth home run after he finally threw home. Capps has allowed six runs in two innings the last two days.

Manager John Russell said the numerous pickoff throws, which drew boos from the sparse crowd of 8,482, didn't distract Capps.

"I've still got to get out of that inning," Capps said. "I can't walk a guy with two runners on and I can't put myself in a 3-2 count with two runners on base in a tie game where I have to throw a fastball and he knows it's coming."

Mike DiFelice (3-0) won it despite giving up Jaramillo's double, with Trevor Hoffman pitching the ninth for his fourth save in four opportunities.

The Pirates lost their sixth in seven games and fell below .500 at 12-13. Milwaukee won its 10th in 13 games since starting 4-9.

"It was a great win for us," Weeks said. "As I always keep saying, this team is so resilient."

The Pirates took the two-run lead against Yovani Gallardo, who gave up two hits over eight shutout innings, struck out 11 and homered in beating them 1-0 on Wednesday. Brandon Moss had a run-scoring triple in the second, Andy LaRoche hit his first home run -- and the first by Pittsburgh in seven games -- and Nate McLouth singled in a run.

Maholm was much sharper than he was during a 6-5 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday, striking out seven and walking one.

Notes

With Braun out of the lineup for the third consecutive day, third baseman Bill Hall started in left field for the first time in his career. He lasted only 1½ innings before being lifted with cramping in his right hamstring. ... No doubt Hall didn't want to leave -- he is 16-for-28 with three home runs against Maholm.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

N. McLouth
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF4220120 .278
J.J. Hardy, SS3111101 .167
Rickie Weeks, 2B5123022 .276
Prince Fielder, 1B5121020 .256
Mike Cameron, CF4000103 .307
Bill Hall, LF1000000 .293
    Chris Duffy, LF2000012 .111
   a- Ryan Braun, PH-LF1012000 .322
Casey McGehee, 3B4000014 .154
Jason Kendall, C4120000 .205
Yovani Gallardo, P3000021 .267
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1110000 .297
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals377117310  
a-doubled for Duffy in the 8th
b-singled for DiFelice in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (7, Maholm), Ryan Braun (5, Grabow)
HR - Rickie Weeks (6, Capps)
SF - J.J. Hardy (2)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (8), Rickie Weeks 3 (18), Prince Fielder (20), Ryan Braun 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (8)
Team LOB - 7
Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo 7733351 3.02
Mark DiFelice (W,3-0) 1211000 1.42
Trevor Hoffman (S,4) 1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 108-59, Mark DiFelice 17-13, Trevor Hoffman 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 6-10, Trevor Hoffman 2-1
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 31, Mark DiFelice 5, Trevor Hoffman 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, LF5000013 .295
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5120000 .330
Nate McLouth, CF5031001 .306
Adam LaRoche, 1B4100114 .264
Brandon Moss, RF4011002 .200
Andy LaRoche, 3B4111001 .250
Ramon Vazquez, SS3110110 .186
Jason Jaramillo, C4021002 .308
Paul Maholm, P2000121 .091
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000001 .375
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals37410435  
a-flied out for Grabow in the 8th
Batting
2B - Freddy Sanchez 2 (12, Gallardo, Gallardo), Jason Jaramillo 2 (7, Gallardo, DiFelice)
3B - Brandon Moss (2, Gallardo)
HR - Andy LaRoche (1, Gallardo)
RBI - Nate McLouth (16), Brandon Moss (3), Andy LaRoche (11), Jason Jaramillo (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Jaramillo (3)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - Jason Jaramillo (2)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 7.1622170 2.97
Tyler Yates (H,2) 0.1000010 7.56
John Grabow (BS,1) 0.1211110 2.84
Matt Capps (BS,1; L,0-2) 1344111 7.56
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 98-69, Tyler Yates 8-5, John Grabow 18-12, Matt Capps 36-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 10-5
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 29, Tyler Yates 1, John Grabow 4, Matt Capps 7
Game Information
Attendance - 8482
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Tim Tschida