Pirates 8, Brewers 7, 10 innings

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Kenny Lofton made sure Milwaukee didn’t mount another comeback.

Lofton made a perfect throw from center field for the final out of the game, and Jack Wilson hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Brewers 8-7 Tuesday night.

Pittsburgh won despite another blown save by Mike Williams, who gave up Wes Helms’ two-run homer in the ninth that tied the game at 6.

The Pirates quickly bounced back, however. Matt Stairs hit a two-out single off Mike DeJean (2-7) in the 10th, and Wilson followed with his fifth homer of the season.

In the bottom of the inning, Milwaukee put runners on first and second with two out, and John Vander Wal singled off Salomon Torres, scoring Scott Podsednik.

But Lofton, who looked like he might reach the sinking liner, short hopped it and threw on the run to get Geoff Jenkins at third.

“Kenny Lofton was perfect,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “It takes a perfect throw to get Jenkins, and he made it,” Yost said.

The 36-year-old Lofton, a six-time All-Star, also hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh. He was added to the NL internet voting ballot for next Tuesday’s All-Star game when the Cubs’ Corey Patterson was injured.

“You can’t call that play luck,” Vander Wal said. “He’s been an All-Star out there.”

The only Pirate currently on the All-Star team is Williams (1-3), but he blew his fifth save in 29 chances and increased his ERA to 6.62.

“I blew the lead, and they bounced right back,” Williams said.

Joe Beimel got one out in the bottom of the tenth before giving up a single to Podsednik and a walk to Jenkins. Torres finished for his second save.

Pirates starter Josh Fogg allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, retiring 11 straight at one point.

Pittsburgh opened the scoring in the second, when Randall Simon reached on Richie Sexson’s fielding error and later scored on Wilson’s sacrifice fly.

Ramirez added a two-run double in the third, Jason Kendall, who had three hits, had an RBI single in the fifth, and a solo homer by Stairs in the sixth made it 5-0.

Sexson’s three-run homer in the sixth, his 24th, started Milwaukee’s comeback.

Lofton and Eddie Perez traded solo homers in the seventh to make it 6-4.

Milwaukee starter Matt Kinney allowed five runs— four earned— on eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five.


Brewers LHP Glendon Rusch (1-11, 8.61 ERA) is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Pirates, hoping to snap a career-high 10-game losing streak. He is 1-6 lifetime against Pittsburgh, but beat them April 8 for his lone victory this season. … Kendall extended his hitting streak to 13 games…. Jenkins recorded his 10th outfield assist of the season.

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