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The Juice: Weeks whacks two-run shot for Brewers’ 8-7 win

Ian Casselberry
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Nine innings, nine items to get you going. Ladies and gentleman of the Stew, take a sip of morning Juice.

1. Brew Crew breaks through: Three straight losses to the Colorado Rockies was not the way the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to begin the second half of the season. But ater falling behind 3-0 and later blowing a two-run lead, there was a chance of it happening.

Luckily, a lineup shuffle paid off for Ron Roenicke in a big way. Before the game, Rickie Weeks was moved from the leadoff spot down to No. 5 in the order, and his two-run homer off Huston Street gave the Brewers a much needed 8-7 win.

Afterward, the Rockies were sore about a call in the seventh inning that may have cost them the ballgame. Corey Hart was ruled safe at home when replays showed Chris Iannetta applied the tag on Hart's hip before his leg crossed the plate. Iannetta was ejected for throwing down his mask as he disputed the call, and manager Jim Tracy soon joined him.

"To see Chris Iannetta that animated, as you're heading out there to defend your player, it's clear there's something that's been badly missed," Tracy said. "You go back and look at the replay and he was clearly correct in being as frustrated as he was."

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2. That was so 10 years ago: Before their game against the Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners honored the 2001 team that won 116 games. After the ceremony, the 2011 edition of the M's only mustered one run versus C.J. Wilson. Ian Kinsler smacked two home runs off Felix Hernandez, as the Rangers won, 5-1.

3. Carpenter cruises: Chris Carpenter kind of owns the Cincinnati Reds. The St. Louis Cardinals' right-hander allowed one run over eight innings, giving him wins in 12 of his last 13 decisions against the Reds. Albert Pujols' three-run homer in the fifth gave the Cards all the offense they needed in a 4-1 victory. {YSP:MORE}

4. Lackey still wacky: John Lackey gave up 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings and shouted many adult words at manager Terry Francona when he made a pitching change with two outs in the sixth. But the Boston Red Sox slugged three homers (two of them off James Shields), providing plenty of run support in a 9-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

5. Panic in Detroit? If the Detroit Tigers wanted to quash all the angst over their second-half slides under Jim Leyland, losing two straight to the Chicago White Sox after the All-Star break isn't the way to do it. Edwin Jackson pitched a complete-game shutout against his former team, giving the White Sox a 5-0 win. Ozzie and Co. are now just four games away from the AL Central lead.

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6. Super Stanton: Neither Wrigley Field nor Chicago Cubs pitching can contain Mike Stanton. The Florida Marlins outfielder went deep twice in a 13-3 stomping of the Cubs, giving him 20 homers on the season. That also tied him with Johnny Bench and Adrian Beltre for most home runs (42) hit before the age of 22. He has plenty of time to get into the top 10 of that list as he won't turn 22 until November.

7. Bucs bounced out: The Pittsburgh Pirates' stay in first place was a short one. One day after joining the crowd atop the NL Central, the Bucs stumbled against the Houston Astros to fall one game back. Jose Veras blew a 4-3 lead in the eighth (aided by a Brandon Wood error), and the Astros went on to win, 6-4.

8. Hamels gets hammered: An extra day of rest didn't help Cole Hamels, as he pitched his worst game of the season for the Philadelphia Phillies. Hamels gave up seven runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, and Scott Hairston and Daniel Murphy each hit a long ball, resulting in an 11-2 rout by the New York Mets.

9. Padres veto Zito: Barry Zito had pitched well for the San Francisco Giants since coming off the disabled list, allowing three runs in 21 innings during his past three starts. But after getting blown up for eight runs by the San Diego Padres, Zito may begin raising doubts again. Jesús Guzmán and Orlando Hudson each hit three-run homers, as the Padres lit up the Giants, 11-3.

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