PHOENIX (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers are loose, relaxed and
ready for the stretch drive.
"Most of our wins have been close games," Moeller said. "For
us to jump out there and continue to score runs was the biggest
thing. If we do put up a big number, we normally kind of stop after
that and become complacement, and nobody did that today."
Hall was already thinking about Friday's series opener in
Houston, on of four teams ahead of the Brewers in the wild-card
"Tomorrow I'm going to face Roy Oswalt, and I can't think about
the five hits I got today, because he's a really good pitcher,"
Carlos Lee also had a two-run shot and Ohka drove in two runs to
help the Brewers win for the seventh time in 10 games. Milwaukee
had 19 hits and tied a season high with its 14 runs. The first time
was a 14-5 victory at Cincinnati on Sept. 7, and both big games
followed 2-1 losses.
"You can't explain it," manager Ned Yost said. "That's why
it's a game."
Ohka (11-8), acquired from Washington on June 10 in a trade for
infielder Junior Spivey, allowed two runs on four hits and a walk.
He struck out seven and improved to 4-1 in his last seven starts.
Ohka had a perfect game until rookie Conor Jackson singled with
two out in the fifth inning. The Diamondbacks scored their runs in
the sixth on Chad Tracy's RBI triple and Luis Gonzalez's sacrifice
Shawn Estes (7-8) gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks
in 2 2-3 innings.
"It doesn't mean I don't have any confidence in Shawn, because
I do," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said about pinch-hitting for
Estes with two outs in the Diamondbacks' third.
After J.J. Hardy doubled with one out in the first, Lee gave
Milwaukee a 2-0 lead when he drove the first pitch he saw into the
stands in right-center.
"I made a bad pitch to Lee in the first inning, and then it
started to become a struggle," Estes said.
The Brewers made it 9-0 with seven runs in the third, started by
Brady Clark's leadoff double -- the first of his two hits in the
inning. Clark scored on Lyle Overbay's single, and Corey Hart had a
bases-loaded groundout. Estes was removed after walking Cirillo to
load the bases again.
Moeller greeted reliever Brandon Lyon with a three-run double,
and Ohka and Clark added run-scoring singles.
The Brewers added three more runs in the fourth against 26-game
starter Brad Halsey, who had not made an appearance since he went
to the bullpen after his start Aug. 30 at San Diego. Cirillo had an
RBI single, Moeller followed with a triple and scored on Ohka's
grounder to make it 12-0.
Ohka had three straight strikeouts early on, then began a streak
of four straight outs on grounders before pinch-hitter Quinton
McCracken flied out to end the third.
The Diamondbacks hit the ball harder in the fourth, but with no
success -- Craig Counsell lined out to first and Tracy and Gonzalez
flied out to center.
Ohka struck out Troy Glaus and Shawn Green in the fifth before
Jackson lined a single into the gap in left-center. Royce Clayton
followed with a bloop single, but Ohka struck out Koyie Hill to end
"He had good command of his cutter," Moeller said. "He was
gettting strike one with his fastball and then cutting all the
lefties in on their hands and just being able to stay on the
attack. He did a great job of not messing around and making
Ohka is 7-5 in 17 starts and two relief appearances with
the Brewers. ... Hill, a catcher, made his second start since he
was recalled from Triple-A Tucson on Sept. 2, his third stint with
Arizona. ... Estes, who began his career with San Francisco in
1995, still needs one win for 100. He is 1-1 since coming off the
60-day disabled list Sept. 8 after incurring a stress reaction in
his left ankle on July 5. ... Moeller's career high is six RBI,
also in Bank One Ballpark, on Sept. 29, 2002, for Arizona against