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Hall's 10th-inning homer lifts Brewers over Mets

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- With his mother sitting in the stands and a
pink bat in his hands, Bill Hall figured he was going to do
something special to help the Milwaukee Brewers win on Sunday.

Hall figured his sacrifice bunt to set up the go-ahead run in
the eighth inning might have been that moment. And if not, his long
throw from deep in the hole at shortstop to preserve a one-run lead
in the ninth certainly could have been.

But first baseman Prince Fielder dropped the throw, Xavier Nady
was called safe and Carlos Delgado scored from third to tie the
game. The Brewers would have to call on Hall again.

He delivered a two-out home run in the 10th inning to give
Milwaukee a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets.

Hall was one of one of several players around the league who
used pink bats on Sunday as part of a Mother's Day breast cancer
fundraiser. Though he might have been tempted to ditch the bat
after striking out in three of his first four appearances, he
didn't.

"It had her name on it," Hall said of his mother, Vergie. "I
mean, she's up there watching. Like I said, she's never let me give
up, and I wasn't going to give up on the bat because I was having a
tough time."

Hall gave a spare pink bat to his mother as a souvenir before
she left Miller Park to make the 10-hour drive back to Nettleton,
Miss. Sunday night.

"She's the love of my life, so anything I can do special for
her, I'm always up for it," Hall said.

Hall also is up for just about anything in the field. His
ability to play almost any defensive position makes him especially
valuable to the Brewers, although manager Ned Yost said before
Sunday's game that he knows Hall deserves the honor of having his
own set position.

"I'm just in the lineup, and that's all that matters to me,"
Hall said.

The Brewers blew leads in the seventh and ninth innings of
Sunday's game, including closer Derrick Turnbow's first blown save
of the season.

After giving up a game-winning home run to Paul Lo Duca in a
non-save situation on Saturday, Turnbow blew his first save when
Fielder couldn't hang on to Hall's throw.

But neither Yost nor Turnbow expressed concern after the game.

"I feel strong, I feel good," Turnbow said. "To me, that's
the most important thing."

Jorge De La Rosa struck out two in one inning to earn the
victory (2-0). Chad Bradford (2-2) took the loss by giving up
Hall's homer.

Pedro Martinez struck out 10 in seven innings -- his 107th career
game and third this year with 10 or more strikeouts -- but gave up
home runs to Rickie Weeks and Damian Miller.

Martinez has given up a team-high eight homers this season, more
than he allowed in 29 outings for the Boston Red Sox in 2003.

"Every mistake I make is a home run, it's not a double,"
Martinez said. "Those guys must be good."

Coming off a 1-5 West Coast road trip, the Brewers took two of
three from the Mets at home.

"Talk about being hot," Martinez said. "Those guys are lucky,
hot, they have it going offensively."

Yost was happy to see the team bounce back.

"Our guys, they're getting a lot of confidence in themselves
offensively," he said.

A sacrifice fly by Geoff Jenkins had given the Brewers a 5-4
lead in the eighth inning after Hall's sacrifice bunt moved the
runners to second and third.

A pair of errors cost the Brewers a 4-2 lead in the seventh.

Weeks, whose home run in the fifth inning extended the Brewers
lead, botched a ground ball at second base -- his 12th error of the
season -- allowing Delgado to reach base and giving the Mets runners
on first and second with two outs.

David Wright then hit a sharp line drive to right field off new
Brewers reliever Brian Shouse, and the ball scooted under Jenkins'
glove, allowing Carlos Beltran and Delgado to score and tie the
game 4-4.

Mets hitters, meanwhile, couldn't take full advantage of another
wild outing by Brewers starter Doug Davis, who walked five batters
in five-plus innings. Davis has issued a National League-worst 37
walks this season.

"We had opportunities to score early," Mets manager Willie
Randolph said. "They struggled."

Two of Davis' walks came home in the second inning on a two-run,
two-out double by Jose Valentin, who was 4-for-5 Sunday after
homering and driving in four runs Saturday.

Game notes
The Brewers added Shouse, acquired Saturday in a trade with
the Texas Rangers, to their 25-man roster and optioned right-hander
Jared Fernandez to Triple-A Nashville. ... With the Mets set to
begin a three-game series in St. Louis Tuesday, Randolph says he
expects teams to begin pitching around Cardinals slugger Albert
Pujols as often as they do with Barry Bonds. "I can see, very
soon, everyone treating him the same way they've treated Barry the
last couple of years."