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Brewers win on walk-off hit after Lohse flirts with no-no

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MILWAUKEE -- Rarely used, Blake Lalli quickly showed he was totally prepared.

On the first pitch, the pinch-hitter lifted a long single in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night that sent the Milwaukee Brewers past the San Francisco Giants 4-3.

"He was in looking at videos, he was looking at the pitcher throw and he knew what he wanted to do with the first pitch," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "Lalli is a very smart guy. He knew what he wanted to do in that situation."

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With the score tied, one out and the outfielders playing in, Lalli stepped to the plate for only the sixth time this season.

Lalli lofted a deep fly ball well over the head of left fielder Gregor Blanco for his first hit of 2013. Milwaukee extended its longest winning streak this year to three.

"That was fun," said Lalli, who had two hits and two RBI in six games last year while making his major-league debut with the Cubs. "If you come off the bench, that's a situation you want to be in -- having a chance to win the game. He's an aggressive pitcher, so, yeah, I was definitely looking to swing early."

Jonathan Lucroy singled to start the Brewers' ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Josh Prince. After Alex Gonzalez popped out on his sacrifice bunt attempt, Carlos Gomez hit a grounder in the hole. Shortstop Brandon Crawford ran to his right to field it, but his throw to first was wide, allowing the runners to advance to second and third -- it was scored an infield hit and an error.

"Looking back, I think I would've had him with a good throw," Crawford said. "So if it happened again, I'd try to get the out at first."

With the speedy Gomez trying to beat out the infield single, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said it would be hard to resist the temptation of holding the ball and not making a risky throw.

Bochy saw the play a little differently than Crawford.

"I'm sure he realizes now, the way he runs, he didn't have a shot there. He's so good over there though. Occasionally we're going to make mistakes. A tough time to make one, obviously, but he's as good as there is there at short."

Yuniesky Betancourt was then intentionally walked by Santiago Casilla (1-1), loading the bases for Lalli.

Jim Henderson (2-0) pitched the ninth and got Crawford to fly out with Blanco on second base.

Hunter Pence drove in two runs for the Giants and Betancourt did the same for the Brewers.

Brewers starter Kyle Lohse did not allow a hit through the first five innings as Milwaukee built a 3-0 lead.

San Francisco used five singles to score three times in the sixth.

Crawford led off with a solid line drive to right field to break up Lohse's no-hit bid. After a sacrifice by pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, Angel Pagan hit an RBI single.

Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval also singled to load the bases for Buster Posey. He struck out, but Pence followed with a two-run single just past diving shortstop Jean Segura into center to make it 3-3.

Lohse got out of the jam by getting Brandon Belt to fly out. Lohse retired the first 14 batters he faced and wound up going seven innings.

"I felt good," Lohse said. "Just kind of ran into trouble that one inning and couldn't get the put-away pitch. I had several guys on the ropes and just couldn't execute the one pitch to get out of it. Overall, I felt really good."

Vogelsong started out strong on the mound as well, allowing only one hit in the first four innings. Betancourt led off the third with a home run to left-center field, one day after hitting a grand slam in a 10-8 victory against San Francisco.

Milwaukee increased its lead to 3-0 in the fifth thanks to a run-scoring triple by Gomez and a sacrifice fly by Betancourt.

"I felt a lot better today," Vogelsong said, "but still not perfect."

Notes

  • Sandoval and Crawford extended their hitting streaks to 10 games.
  • Lohse was with St. Louis last season when he allowed six hits and five runs in only two innings of a 9-0 loss to the Giants in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.
  • Before the game, San Francisco put LHP Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. RHP Jean Machi was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to take his place.
  • Yovani Gallardo, who was arrested on a drunken driving charge early Tuesday morning, will pitch for Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon.
 
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Milwaukee pinch-runner Josh Prince gets a warm welcome while scoring the winning run on Blake Lalli's single in the ninth.  (AP)
Milwaukee pinch-runner Josh Prince gets a warm welcome while scoring the winning run on Blake Lalli's single in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Gomez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

H. Pence
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4111001 .333
Marco Scutaro, 2B4110010 .268
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010010 .315
Buster Posey, C4000013 .213
Hunter Pence, RF4012000 .262
Brandon Belt, 1B3000122 .180
Gregor Blanco, LF3000111 .225
Brandon Crawford, SS4120001 .320
Ryan Vogelsong, P2000010 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Totals3236327  
Batting
SH - Ryan Vogelsong (2)
RBI - Angel Pagan (8), Hunter Pence 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (7)
SB - Gregor Blanco (1, 2nd base off Henderson/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Scutaro-Belt
E - Brandon Crawford (2, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong 7533251 5.89
Santiago Casilla (L,1-1) 1.1411200 2.25
IBB - Braun by Santiago Casilla, by Betancourt
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 108-73, Santiago Casilla 34-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 9-5, Santiago Casilla 1-3
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 26, Santiago Casilla 10
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF3000001 .321
Jean Segura, SS4000002 .378
Ryan Braun, LF1000310 .278
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000014 .189
Jonathan Lucroy, C4010010 .256
    Josh Prince, PR0100000 .200
Alex Gonzalez, 3B4110011 .162
Carlos Gomez, CF4131000 .300
Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B2112101 .278
Kyle Lohse, P2010010 .143
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   a- Logan Schafer, PH1010000 .214
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
   b- Blake Lalli, PH1011000 .167
Totals3049445  
a-singled for Badenhop in the 8th
b-singled for Henderson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Gonzalez (1, Vogelsong)
3B - Carlos Gomez (1, Vogelsong)
HR - Yuniesky Betancourt (2, Vogelsong)
SF - Yuniesky Betancourt (2)
SH - Norichika Aoki (1)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (4), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (8), Blake Lalli (1)
CS - Ryan Braun (1, 2nd base by Vogelsong/Posey)
Team LOB - 7
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lohse 7633160 2.70
Burke Badenhop 1000000 5.40
Jim Henderson (W,2-0) 1000110 1.29
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 102-71, Burke Badenhop 11-6, Jim Henderson 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 6-9, Burke Badenhop 3-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 28, Burke Badenhop 3, Jim Henderson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29362
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jordan Baker