MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers are playing with a new
sense of confidence and it's showing in the results.
Geoff Jenkins homered to open the Brewers' six-run seventh
inning, and Lyle Overbay also connected in a 7-2 come-from-behind
victory over Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night."That's the way the team has been playing lately," J.J. Hardy
said. "We kind of have that attitude that we're going to win the
ballgame no matter what."The Brewers (50-51) are one game under .500 for the first time
since May 29.Trailing 2-1 heading into the seventh, the Brewers started the
inning with four straight hits and sent 10 batters to the plate.
Jenkins led off with his 13th homer off Brandon Webb (8-8), then
Russell Branyan singled and Damian Miller doubled to chase
Arizona's starter.Hardy greeted reliever Lance Cormier with an RBI single.
Pinch-hitter Chris Magruder followed with a sacrifice fly to make
it 4-2. Brady Clark then hit a ground-rule double and Rickie Weeks
reached on shortstop Royce Clayton's two-base error that allowed
Hardy and Clark to score.Carlos Lee finished the rally with an RBI single, his NL-leading
84th RBI that gave Milwaukee a 7-2 lead."Earlier this year, if we were down, we kind of gave up," said
Hardy, who hit a tiebreaking homer Monday. "Now, we have that
fight that we expect to win the ballgame."Dana Eveland (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for his first
major league victory."The key was Eveland coming in there and holding them,"
Brewers manager Ned Yost said of the rookie pitcher who made his
big league debut July 16 against Washington.Webb, who missed his scheduled start Monday with a viral
infection, allowed four runs on eight hits in six-plus innings. He
has struggled since starting the season with six straight wins and
three no-decisions. Since beating San Francisco June 23, he is 0-5
with a no-decision in his last six starts."It seems like I go pretty good for five or six innings and
then it seems to unravel," Webb said. "I haven't been able to
stop a snowball."Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano faced his former team for the
first time since being acquired in the deal that sent Richie Sexson
to Arizona on Dec. 1, 2003. The Brewers also received Overbay, Chad
Moeller, Junior Spivey, Craig Counsell and Jorge De La Rosa in the
deal.On Tuesday, Capuano gave up two runs -- one earned-- on four hits
in five innings. He struck out six and walked three.Clark, who was 8-for-20 in his last 11 games, led off the second
with his 16th home run and gave Arizona the early lead.The Diamondbacks turned two fielding errors into an unearned run
in the third.Chris Synder walked and advanced on Counsell's one-out single to
center. Clayton hit a grounder to shortstop Hardy who could not
field the potential doble-play ball and was charged with an error.Luis Gonzalez then hit a two-hopper back to Capuano who let the
ball squirt under his glove for the second error as Synder scored.
Clark hit into a double play, started by Hardy, to end the inning."We missed a chance in the third, not to put them away, but
certainly gave them the feeling that we are in total charge of the
game," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.Overbay pulled the Brewers to 2-1 in the fourth with his 16th
homer, a solo shot to right that tied his career high. Manager Ned
Yost was ejected by first base umpire Ron Kulpa after Jenkins was
called out to end the inning.Jenkins had hit a grounder that hugged the line, but was grabbed
by first baseman Clark just before it rolled foul. When Clark
stepped on the bag for the out, Yost came out to argue the ball was
foul and was ejected for the second time this season.
Brewers owner Mark Attanasio was nearly hit by an errant
throw during pregame practice. LF Lee was fielding grounders with
INF Wes Helms at third base. Lee overthrew Overbay at first and
almost nailed Attanasio who was filming a promotional spot in foul
territory up the right-field line. Lee retreated to the dugout and
jokingly yelled toward his teammates, "He was trying to hit you.
Release him." Later, Antanasio gave Lee a friendly slap on the
back. ... The Brewers added the names of former manager Harvey
Kuenn and third baseman Don Money to the Miller Park Walk of Fame
in pregame ceremonies. ... Arizona 3B Troy Glaus missed his second
consecutive game with back spasms.