Brewers 4, Braves 2

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Any other day, Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson said it would have been a groundout to the shortstop.

But the Braves were using an infield shift on Prince Fielder, who it where the Braves weren’t.

Fielder’s ball went through a gaping hole on the left side of the infield, driving in the go-ahead run and lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

“That shows the kind of hitter he is,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Fielder saw similar shifts in the minor leagues.

“His pitches were going away, so I was just trying to go with it,” Fielder said.

Braves manager Bobby Cox didn’t second-guess his strategy just because what he called a “little dribbler” got through.

“I don’t know if he was trying to do it or not,” Cox said. “You can’t be everywhere.”

Milwaukee trailed 2-1 going into the sixth, but scored two runs with two outs to take the lead.

Gabe Gross doubled with one out, then advanced to third when Hudson had to duck a broken bat on a groundout by Geoff Jenkins.

Carlos Lee singled sharply to center field, scoring Gross to tie the game. Lee stole second with Fielder batting.

Yost said he gives Lee an automatic green light to steal because he knows he can count on Lee not to make a bad move.

“He’s smart,” Yost said. “He knows when to pick his spots.”

Atlanta is using an infield shift on the left-handed Fielder, moving its shortstop to the right side of second base. But Fielder chopped a 2-1 pitch through a gaping hole into left-center field, scoring Lee for a 3-2 lead.

Chipper Jones, who came off the disabled list Tuesday after missing 13 games with a sprained right knee and ankle, hit a two-run homer that put the Braves ahead 2-0 in the fourth.

“It’s good to get us out to a lead,” Jones said. “Unfortunately, that was pretty much it. It feels good to get back in there.”

Jones, who hit into a double play in his first at-bat, added a single in the sixth.

Brewers starter Tomo Ohka (2-1) gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings. Yost congratulated the pitcher after the game, encouraging him to become more consistent.

The message didn’t quite get through.

“I said, ‘OK, now let’s try to put two together,”’ Yost said.

“Yeah, 2:14,” apparently referring to the time of the game.

“I don’t think he quite understood me,” Yost said.

Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.

“He’s awful tough,” Cox said. “He can make you look awfully funny.”

Hudson (1-2) gave up only one hit in the first three innings before Jenkins hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning that cut the Braves’ lead to 2-1. It was the second home run Hudson allowed in five starts this year.

Damian Miller’s RBI single in the seventh put the Brewers ahead 4-2.

Struggling second baseman Rickie Weeks, who had two errors for Milwaukee on Monday night, tried to backhand a grounder by Jeff Francoeur and lost the ball in the seventh inning, but the play was ruled a base hit. Brewers manager Ned Yost said before the game that he will continue to take a patient approach with Weeks, who is considered one of the team’s rising young stars.


To make room on the roster for Jones, the Braves optioned infielder Martin Prado to Double-A Mississippi. Prado tripled for his first major-league hit on Sunday against Washington. … With center fielder Brady Clark mired in a 1-for-14 slump, Yost started Gross on Tuesday. But Yost said the team was committed to Clark in the long run. “You don’t give up on a guy three weeks into a season just because he’s struggling,” Yost said. … Tuesday’s attendance was 16,276.

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