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Brewers top Pirates behind Braun's walk-off single in 10th

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MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun has been in one of the worst slumps of his career. It took a game against the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates to snap him out of it.

Braun's two-out single scored Rickie Weeks from second base in the 10th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory Friday night.

"My confidence never wavered," said Braun, a three-time All-Star who was in an 0-for-19 skid before his sixth-inning single. "I was obviously extremely frustrated."

After Braun drove the winning hit off the base of the right-field wall, jubilant teammate Prince Fielder picked up his fellow slugger in a bear hug at second.

"My teammates, coaches, fans, everybody has been so supportive, and I really appreciate that," Braun said. "Confidence was never an issue, but it was obviously the toughest stretch I've ever gone through, individually. That, combined with the tough stretch for the team, it really wasn't fun. It's nice to have an emotional win."

Milwaukee tied it at 4 in the ninth on George Kottaras' RBI triple off Octavio Dotel, who blew his fourth save in 23 chances. The Pirates have lost four consecutive games and 22 of their last 24 on the road.

Pinch-hitter Jim Edmonds singled leading off the 10th against Evan Meek (4-3), the Pirates' NL All-Star representative. Dave Bush, slated to be the Brewers' starter Saturday night, pinch-ran and was erased on Weeks' fielder's choice groundout.

Weeks then stole second. Corey Hart struck out and Prince Fielder was intentionally walked.

Braun hit the first pitch from Meek, who came into the game with a 0.94 ERA in 48 innings.

"Our No. 1 priority with Braun was just to keep the ball down and it was a bad pitch," Meek said. "It was a breaking ball up, right where he was looking to hit it and that's really it. It was a poor pitch. Bad location. The ball was up and he did what he should have done to it."

Weeks scored without a play.

"Braun, he's the type of guy that's not going to back down and not going to give up any at-bats," Weeks said. "Of course, everybody is pulling for him and he came up with the big hit."

Milwaukee closer John Axford (4-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.

With one out in the ninth, speedy Carlos Gomez beat out a bunt single. He stole second and continued to third when catcher Ryan Doumit's throw sailed into center field for an error.

With the infield in, Kottaras' liner down the line got by first baseman Garrett Jones for a tying triple. Kottaras tried to score when Dotel's pitch to Alcides Escobar bounced away from Doumit, but his throw to Dotel at the plate was in time to get Kottaras and keep the score tied.

Escobar struck out, sending the game into extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, Jones singled, moved to second on a groundout and third on a wild pitch with only one out. Axford then struck out Pedro Alvarez and Doumit to end the threat.

Andrew McCutchen and Lastings Milledge homered for the Pirates. Hart and Fielder homered for the Brewers.

Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm pitched seven innings, giving up two runs and three hits. He also hit three batters with pitches.

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis, making his first appearance after missing two months with inflammation of the lining around his heart, pitched five innings, giving up four runs and seven hits.

Notes
  • Brewers All-Star RHP Yovani Gallardo played long toss for the first time since sustaining his oblique injury on Sunday, and manager Ken Macha said Gallardo felt good afterward. Gallardo is on the disabled list and will miss the All-Star game.
  • Pittsburgh assistant pitching coach Ray Searage lost a ball in the sun while playing catch with Dotel during batting practice and was struck in the face, but was not seriously injured. He was in the dugout during the game.
  • Brewers RHP LaTroy Hawkins will pitch a simulated game Saturday. He has been on the DL since early May with right shoulder weakness.
  • Ex-Milwaukee OF Geoff Jenkins signed a contract valued at a dollar and retired as a member of the Brewers on Friday. He played for Milwaukee from 1998-2007 and is second on the team's career HR list.
  • The Pirates signed three draft choices: RHP Kevin Kleis (27th round), RHP Bryton Trepagnier (41st round) and RHP Logan Pevny (49th round).
 
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Ryan Braun catches a ride on Prince Fielder after producing the game-winning hit for the Brewers. (AP)
Ryan Braun catches a ride on Prince Fielder after producing the game-winning hit for the Brewers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF5122000 .292
Jose Tabata, LF4120110 .236
Neil Walker, 2B4010112 .289
Garrett Jones, 1B5010014 .276
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4011115 .197
Ryan Doumit, C5000014 .261
Lastings Milledge, RF4121011 .271
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
Ronny Cedeno, SS4110012 .220
Paul Maholm, P3000011 .029
    Ryan Church, RF1000000 .190
Totals39410438  
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones (19, Capuano), Pedro Alvarez (4, Davis), Ronny Cedeno (11, Davis)
HR - Andrew McCutchen (8, Davis), Lastings Milledge (2, Davis)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen 2 (26), Pedro Alvarez (10), Lastings Milledge (25)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Alvarez (5)
SB - Ronny Cedeno (8, 3rd base off Davis/Kottaras)
CS - Jose Tabata (3, 2nd base by Davis/Kottaras)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Walker-Cedeno-G. Jones, Walker-Cedeno-G. Jones
E - Ryan Doumit (5, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 7322241 4.37
Joel Hanrahan (H,14) 1111011 3.93
Octavio Dotel (BS,4) 1211010 4.41
Evan Meek (L,4-3) 0.2211110 1.11
IBB - Fielder by Evan Meek
HBP - Gomez (by Paul Maholm), Hart (by Paul Maholm), Weeks (by Paul Maholm)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 100-59, Joel Hanrahan 16-10, Octavio Dotel 16-10, Evan Meek 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 12-3, Octavio Dotel 1-0, Evan Meek 1-0
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 27, Joel Hanrahan 4, Octavio Dotel 4, Evan Meek 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B3200101 .268
Corey Hart, RF4112022 .287
Prince Fielder, 1B3111211 .266
Ryan Braun, LF5021011 .287
Casey McGehee, 3B4000001 .274
Carlos Gomez, CF3110011 .227
George Kottaras, C4011001 .197
Alcides Escobar, SS4010010 .240
Doug Davis, P1000001 .000
   a- Joe Inglett, PH1000010 .338
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .242
    Chris Capuano, P0000000 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
   c- Jim Edmonds, PH1010000 .269
    Dave Bush, PR0000000 .143
Totals3458537  
a-struck out for Davis in the 5th
b-grounded out for Coffey in the 7th
c-singled for Axford in the 10th
Batting
3B - George Kottaras (1, Dotel)
HR - Corey Hart (20, Maholm), Prince Fielder (19, Hanrahan)
RBI - Corey Hart 2 (63), Prince Fielder (38), Ryan Braun (52), George Kottaras (20)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (15), Ryan Braun (25)
SB - Rickie Weeks (6, 2nd base off Meek/Doumit), Carlos Gomez (10, 3rd base off Dotel/Doumit)
Team LOB - 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Doug Davis 5744322 7.51
Todd Coffey 2000030 4.54
Chris Capuano 0.2100000 4.35
Kameron Loe 1.1100010 1.64
John Axford (W,4-1) 1100020 2.63
WP - John Axford (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 78-47, Todd Coffey 19-14, Chris Capuano 10-6, Kameron Loe 14-10, John Axford 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 4-8, Todd Coffey 2-1, Chris Capuano 1-1, Kameron Loe 2-1, John Axford 1-0
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 24, Todd Coffey 6, Chris Capuano 3, Kameron Loe 5, John Axford 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27767
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Tim Tschida