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Fielder's grand slam in 8th powers Brewers past Indians in slugfest

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CLEVELAND -- Prince Fielder got the ball back from his first career grand slam when a fan at Progressive Field threw it into Milwaukee's bullpen.

Everything just seemed to work out for the Brewers slugger on Monday night.

Fielder hit his 16th homer after two Indians relievers combined to walk the bases loaded and Milwaukee rallied for a 14-12 victory over Cleveland.

"Good timing," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "We were pretty much out of it a couple of times, but the guys didn't quit."

Fielder finished with a career-high six RBI for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who won for just the second time in their last eight games. Ryan Braun homered and drove in five runs.

Craig Counsell, Casey McGehee and Braun, the first three batters in Milwaukee's order, went a combined 7 for 13 and scored 10 times.

Todd Coffey (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win and Trevor Hoffman got three outs for his 16th save. Milwaukee has won five straight against the Indians in interleague play.

"Everybody feels better about themselves after a game like this," Braun said. "It's a special night, one of those nights you have to enjoy. They don't come around very often."

Victor Martinez, Shin-Soo Choo, Mark DeRosa and Travis Hafner homered for Cleveland. Hafner's three-run shot in the sixth gave the Indians a 12-7 lead.

Milwaukee sent 11 batters to the plate in the eighth, taking advantage when Luis Vizcaino and Matt Herges walked the bases loaded for Braun and Fielder.

"It's a situation where you come in and throw strikes," Herges said. "I didn't do that. Period. That was on me. I'm better than coming in in the eighth inning with the lead and walking the first guy. That's why I'll have trouble sleeping tonight."

Rafael Perez (1-2) replaced Herges after Braun's infield single cut Cleveland's lead to 12-9. Fielder hit Perez's first pitch into the seats in right-center field and Mat Gamel added an RBI single later in the inning.

"It was cool, a good feeling. I'm happy we came out on top," Fielder said. "I was just trying to get a pitch I could drive up the middle."

Milwaukee bounced back from a 1-5 homestand during which it scored two runs or less in three of the six games.

"That's how it is, you don't score at home and then we get 14 tonight," Fielder said. "That's why this game is so fun and challenging. You never know what's going to happen."

Cleveland pitchers issued seven walks, giving them a major league-high 261 for the season. Greg Aquino, Vizcaino, Herges and Perez combined for eight runs, six hits and six walks in 2 1/3 innings.

"Overall, we had a very bad night on the mound," manager Eric Wedge said. "We continually put ourselves in tough situations. They kept coming and we kept making it all the tougher on ourselves. Eventually, they got us."

Milwaukee's comeback overshadowed another difficult outing for Dave Bush, who was charged with eight runs in 3 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

Bush allowed two of Cleveland's four homers, giving him 17 for the season and tying him with Philadelphia's Brett Myers for the most allowed in the majors.

Bush, who hasn't won since May 19, is 0-4 with an 8.64 ERA in his last five starts.

"Somehow mechanically I'm out of sync," Bush said. "I can't seem to get my arm and body on the same page."

Added Macha: "He's fighting himself with his delivery. He's getting ahead of his arm."

Cleveland starter Carl Pavano struggled again, allowing six runs in five innings. In two starts since his shutout against the Chicago White Sox on June 5, he has allowed 15 runs and 20 hits in 9 2/3 innings.

"My job is to set the tempo and pace of the game," Pavano said. "The offense got me some runs. My job is to put up zeros. I didn't do that."

Notes

  • The Indians signed four draft picks Monday: 1B Ben Carlson (sixth round, Missouri State), RHP Brett Brach (10th round, Monmouth), LHP Kirk Wetmore (11th round, Bellevue CC) and INF Kyle Smith (14th round, Cal Poly SLO).
  • Indians C Kelly Shoppach was hit by a pitch for the 14th time, the most in the league.
  • Milwaukee is 2-5 in interleague games this season.
  • Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy singled in the sixth to end an 0-for-30 skid.
  • McGehee went 3 for 5 and is 12 for 21 over his last seven games.
  • Brewers OF Mike Cameron is mired in a 1-for-23 slump.
 
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Prince Fielder hits his first career grand slam and totals a career-high six RBI.  (AP)
Prince Fielder hits his first career grand slam and totals a career-high six RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 5
R 4
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Cleveland

V. Martinez
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Craig Counsell, 2B3311200 .287
Casey McGehee, 3B5330110 .357
Ryan Braun, LF5435111 .319
Prince Fielder, 1B3126100 .295
Corey Hart, RF4121002 .258
Mike Cameron, CF4000113 .252
Mat Gamel, DH5021012 .234
J.J. Hardy, SS5110003 .207
Mike Rivera, C4110113 .262
Totals3814151475  
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee (7, Pavano), Prince Fielder (14, Pavano)
3B - Ryan Braun (2, Pavano)
HR - Ryan Braun (14, Pavano), Prince Fielder (16, R. Perez)
SF - Craig Counsell (2), Prince Fielder (4), Corey Hart (3)
RBI - Craig Counsell (10), Ryan Braun 5 (47), Prince Fielder 6 (62), Corey Hart (29), Mat Gamel (11)
SB - Ryan Braun (5, 3rd base off Vizcaino/Shoppach), Mat Gamel (1, 3rd base off Pavano/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Mike Rivera (1)
E - Ryan Braun (2, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush 3.1688222 5.31
Chris Narveson 1.2333311 16.20
Mark DiFelice 1111011 1.40
Todd Coffey (W,2-1) 1.1000020 2.48
Mitch Stetter (H,13) 0.2000020 2.91
Trevor Hoffman (S,16) 1100000 0.45
HBP - Carroll (by Dave Bush), Shoppach (by Dave Bush)
WP - Trevor Hoffman (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 74-41, Chris Narveson 48-26, Mark DiFelice 13-11, Todd Coffey 13-10, Mitch Stetter 9-6, Trevor Hoffman 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 5-3, Chris Narveson 2-2, Trevor Hoffman 2-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 20, Chris Narveson 11, Mark DiFelice 4, Todd Coffey 4, Mitch Stetter 2, Trevor Hoffman 4
Cleveland Indians
Jamey Carroll, 2B4211012 .308
Mark DeRosa, LF5222021 .279
Victor Martinez, 1B4334100 .341
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4222111 .291
Jhonny Peralta, 3B5000034 .249
Travis Hafner, DH5133001 .281
Ben Francisco, CF5000002 .239
Luis Valbuena, SS3100212 .179
Kelly Shoppach, C3100102 .207
Totals3812111258  
Batting
2B - Travis Hafner (7, Narveson)
HR - Mark DeRosa (12, Narveson), Victor Martinez (11, Bush), Shin-Soo Choo (9, Bush), Travis Hafner (6, DiFelice)
RBI - Jamey Carroll (8), Mark DeRosa 2 (46), Victor Martinez 4 (49), Shin-Soo Choo 2 (40), Travis Hafner 3 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (17)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (11, 2nd base off Bush/Rivera, 3rd base off Bush/Rivera), Ben Francisco (10, 2nd base off Hoffman/Rivera)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ben Francisco 1
DP - Francisco-Martinez
E - Kelly Shoppach (2, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Carl Pavano 5966121 5.73
Greg Aquino (H,1) 1222110 4.20
Luis Vizcaino 1.1022300 3.29
Matt Herges0122100 1.93
Rafael Perez (BS,1; L,1-2)0322101 11.94
Joe Smith 1.2000020 4.82
WP - Carl Pavano (2), Greg Aquino 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 97-63, Greg Aquino 21-12, Luis Vizcaino 34-20, Matt Herges 9-3, Rafael Perez 11-5, Joe Smith 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 6-7
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 25, Greg Aquino 5, Luis Vizcaino 7, Matt Herges 2, Rafael Perez 4, Joe Smith 5
Game Information
Attendance - 25415
Game Time - 3:56
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Brian Gorman