Bill Hall's squeeze bunt in the 10th inning scored Trent
Durrington from third, completing Milwaukee's rally from a nine-run
deficit to beat Cincinnati 10-9 Wednesday night.
"To be able to persevere and keep plugging away and win the
ballgame, it's a tremendous win for us," Milwaukee manager Ned
Hall tied the score at 9 with a three-run double in the eighth
inning, one night after hitting a two-run home run with two outs in
the ninth to give Milwaukee a 9-8 victory over the Reds.
"I never had a walkoff homer or a walkoff squeeze, especially
two nights in a row," said Hall, a reserve infielder. "I just
wanted to get a good pitch that I could get down."
Durrington led off the 10th with a ground-rule double off Todd
Van Poppel (1-1) that hit off the top of the right-field wall.
Scott Podsednik, who had four hits, then sacrificed Durrington to
third before Hall bunted him in on the first pitch.
Yost said calling the squeeze made him "real nervous."
"You just take your chances, try to win the ballgame right
there," Yost said.
The squeeze took the Reds by surprise.
"It was a good move by Ned," Cincinnati manager Dave Miley
said. "We thought if they were going to squeeze, it wouldn't be on
the first pitch."
Dave Burba (2-0) pitched the 10th for the victory as Milwaukee's
relievers limited Cincinnati to only two hits the final six
The Reds wasted a 9-0 lead on Sept. 28, 1930, falling to the
Chicago Cubs 13-11 at Wrigley Field.
Milwaukee's best comeback before Wednesday was from an 8-0
deficit against Cleveland on May 20, 1986, when the team was in the
American League. The Seattle Pilots also rallied from an eight-run
deficit in 1969 against the Washington Senators.
"We had chances to win both of these games, but basically
played just good enough to lose," Cincinnati's Jason LaRue said.
The Reds jumped out to a 9-0 lead with three runs in the first,
third and fourth innings.
Milwaukee began their comeback in the fourth when Lyle Overbay
hit a run-scoring single to left-center. In the sixth, the Brewers
pulled to 9-4 behind Overbay's RBI double and Ben Grieve's two-run
homer off Reds starter Paul Wilson.
Brian Reith came on to pitch for Cincinnati in the seventh and
gave up two runs with two outs. Geoff Jenkins hit an RBI double
scoring Podsednik, and Jenkins scored on Overbay's single. In the
eighth, Grieve and Gary Bennett walked to open the inning. One out
later, Podsednik singled for his fourth hit of the game to load the
bases off Todd Jones.
Ryan Wagner replaced Jones, and Hall hit his bases-clearing
double to tie the score at 9.
LaRue had three hits and four RBI and Adam Dunn walked four
times and scored three runs for Cincinnati.
In the fourth, LaRue had an RBI double, and Dunn and LaRue
scored on a pair of wild pitches by reliever Adrian Hernandez to
make it 6-0.
The Reds made it 9-0 in the fourth. Larkin, who singled, scored
when Dunn reached on an error by second baseman Junior Spivey.
LaRue's double then scored both Casey and Dunn.
Milwaukee catcher Chad Moeller was not in the starting lineup,
one night after becoming the first Brewers player to hit for the
cycle since Paul Molitor did it in 1991. Moeller generally does not
start when Matt Kinney pitches and had been suffering from flu
Kinney lasted just 2 1-3 innings, giving up six runs and his ERA
climbed to 8.61 five days after giving up only one run in 6 1-3
innings against St. Louis.
Wilson gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings.
It was the biggest comeback in the majors since Cleveland
fell behind by 12 runs before defeating Seattle 15-14 on Aug. 5,
2001. ... Reds RF Austin Kearns was placed on the 15-day DL,
retroactive to Tuesday, with a broken bone in his left forearm. The
Reds purchased the contract of 1B-OF Jacob Cruz from Triple-A
Louisville to take his place on the roster. ... Reds SS Barry
Larkin turned 40 Wednesday, becoming the 10th active major leaguer
to be at least 40. The oldest is Atlanta's Julio Franco, 45. ... It
was the first game of the year at Miller Park played with the
retractable roof open. ... Reds GM Dan O'Brien will be inducted
into the Westerville South (Ohio) High School Alumni Hall of Fame
on Friday night.