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CLEVELAND -- Trevor Hoffman hasn't blown many four-run leads, especially in games his team wins.
Slumping J.J. Hardy homered early and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 9-8 victory Wednesday night.
Hoffman, baseball's career saves leader with 570, squandered an 8-4 lead in the ninth, but the NL Central leaders earned their eighth straight interleague win over Cleveland. Milwaukee also swept three in 2006 and won the final two of a three-game set in 2001.
"Not very efficient on my part," said Hoffman, who blew his first save in 17 chances since signing with Milwaukee as a free agent. "They have aggressive hitters and I left a lot of balls up in the zone. They did what they're supposed to do."
Prince Fielder singled with one out in the 11th off Greg Aquino (1-2), who then walked Corey Hart. The runners advanced on a wild pitch that made the count 1-1 on Mike Cameron. The Indians intentionally walked Cameron to load the bases before Hardy lifted a fly to center, scoring Fielder.
Mark DiFelice (4-0) worked 1 1/3 innings for the win. Mitch Stetter struck out two with two runners on to earn his first career save. The last 11 outs recorded by the left-hander have been strikeouts.
"When they come back and tie it with four runs in that inning, you need to go out there and shut them down," Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said. "DiFelice pitched terrific in the 10th. All the players should be feeling pretty good."
Ryan Garko's three-run double off Hoffman with one out in the ninth tied it at 8.
"You've got to like our resilience there, but to take feeling good stuff from a loss is getting old," Indians right fielder Mark DeRosa said. "This is frustrating. It isn't the minors. This is a result league and we have to find a way to win."
Hoffman entered with runners on second and third and yielded a one-out RBI single to Victor Martinez before walking Shin-Soo Choo to load the bases. Garko followed with a drive to left-center. He overran second base, however, and was tagged out while sprawled on the ground after twisting his right ankle. He walked off and was replaced in left field by Ben Francisco to start the 10th.
"Garko just twisted it a little. He should be OK," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun had two hits and scored twice before leaving in the eighth with lower back tightness.
After the start was delayed 34 minutes by rain, Hart drove in three runs and hit one of Milwaukee's three homers as the Brewers took an 8-4 lead.
Bill Hall, in a 7 for 77 (.091) slide, broke a 3-all tie in the seventh with his fifth homer -- and first since May 14.
Hardy hit his sixth homer -- his first since May 8 -- in the second for a 2-0 lead. He came to bat in a 7 for 63 (.111) skid.
The Indians, last in the AL Central, lost for the fourth time in five games. Their bullpen was battered by the Brewers for 21 hits, 14 walks and 18 runs in 14 combined innings in the series.
When Cleveland fell behind 1-0 in the first, it brought out the boo birds to replace sea gulls that have pestered patrons at Progressive Field in recent games.
Cleveland tied it with a three-run fourth. Consecutive one-out doubles by Martinez, Choo and Garko made it 3-2. Garko scored on Luis Valbuena's single to tie it.
Milwaukee starter Jeff Suppan allowed three runs over seven innings. Cleveland's David Huff gave up three runs in five innings -- failing to get past the fifth for the sixth time in seven career starts since May 17.
"We did a great job of fighting back, but did plenty to hurt ourselves, too," Wedge said.
|J.J. Hardy gets it done for his Brewers in the 11th inning with a game-winning sac fly. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jason Kendall, C||6||0||1||0||0||0||0||.232|
|Craig Counsell, 2B||5||1||2||1||1||0||0||.295|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||2||2||1||0||0||1||.321|
|a- Jody Gerut, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.204|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||2||2||1||1||0||1||.302|
|Corey Hart, RF||5||1||3||3||1||0||1||.264|
|Mike Cameron, CF||5||0||0||0||1||3||3||.250|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||2||2||2||2||0||0||.219|
|Mat Gamel, DH||5||0||0||0||1||0||3||.219|
|Bill Hall, 3B||6||1||1||1||0||0||4||.201|
|a-lined out for Braun in the 8th|
|2B - Craig Counsell (8, Herges), Ryan Braun (15, Huff), Prince Fielder (16, Herges), Corey Hart (14, Herges)|
|3B - Craig Counsell (3, Huff)|
|HR - Corey Hart (9, Vizcaino), J.J. Hardy (6, Huff), Bill Hall (5, Smith)|
|SF - J.J. Hardy (4)|
|RBI - Craig Counsell (11), Ryan Braun (48), Prince Fielder (64), Corey Hart 3 (32), J.J. Hardy 2 (29), Bill Hall (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Craig Counsell (6), Prince Fielder (24), Corey Hart 2 (13)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Outfield Assists - Mike Cameron 1|
|DP - Hardy-Counsell-Fielder|
|E - Mitch Stetter (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Seth McClung (H,3)||2.1||3||3||3||2||1||0||3.00|
|Trevor Hoffman (BS,1)||0.2||2||2||2||1||0||0||1.31|
|Mark DiFelice (W,4-0)||1.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.33|
|Mitch Stetter (S,1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.82|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 101-62, Seth McClung 48-27, Trevor Hoffman 12-8, Mark DiFelice 16-12, Mitch Stetter 20-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 12-3, Seth McClung 2-4, Mark DiFelice 3-1, Mitch Stetter 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 26, Seth McClung 12, Trevor Hoffman 4, Mark DiFelice 5, Mitch Stetter 3|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||4||1||0||0||1||0||0||.286|
|Mark DeRosa, RF||6||1||2||0||0||2||0||.280|
|Victor Martinez, 1B||5||2||3||1||1||0||1||.345|
|Josh Barfield, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.412|
|Shin-Soo Choo, DH||5||3||1||1||1||2||4||.297|
|Ryan Garko, LF||5||1||2||4||0||0||1||.260|
|Ben Francisco, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.233|
|Jhonny Peralta, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.252|
|Luis Valbuena, SS||4||0||2||2||1||0||0||.204|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||4||0||0||0||1||0||5||.200|
|Trevor Crowe, CF||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.177|
|2B - Mark DeRosa (12, McClung), Victor Martinez (18, Suppan), Shin-Soo Choo (11, Suppan), Ryan Garko 2 (7, Suppan, Hoffman)|
|SH - Jamey Carroll (2)|
|RBI - Victor Martinez (50), Shin-Soo Choo (41), Ryan Garko 4 (28), Luis Valbuena 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luis Valbuena 2 (3)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Greg Aquino (L,1-2)||1||1||1||1||3||0||0||4.50|
|IBB - Cameron by Greg Aquino|
|HBP - Fielder (by David Huff)|
|WP - Greg Aquino (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Huff 99-59, Joe Smith 19-11, Matt Herges 33-22, Luis Vizcaino 16-10, Kerry Wood 13-9, Greg Aquino 31-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Huff 6-8, Joe Smith 4-1, Luis Vizcaino 1-1, Kerry Wood 1-2|
|Batters Faced - David Huff 22, Joe Smith 8, Matt Herges 9, Luis Vizcaino 5, Kerry Wood 3, Greg Aquino 7|
|Attendance - 15269|
|Game Time - 4:04|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|