The big first baseman homered, doubled and singled to help the
Brewers snap a five-game losing skid with a 10-5 victory over the
Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Geoff Jenkins hit his first home run since April 17, a two-run
shot off Claudio Vargas in the first inning, in a 16-hit Brewers'
effort that ended the Diamondbacks' five-game winning streak. Corey Hart homered for only the third time in his career, second as a
pinch hitter, for Milwaukee's 10th run.
Fielder hit his 17th home run, a booming drive to straightaway
center leading off Milwaukee's three-run fourth, to tie the club
record for most homers by a rookie. Greg Vaughn hit 17 for the
Brewers in 1990.
"That's good, I guess," Fielder said. "Hopefully I can get
some more. First, I just want to get some more hits."
He was 7-for-56 (.125) entering the game and hadn't had a
multihit outing in 15 games. He also scored two runs against the
"I was in a little slump. That's going to happen," he said.
"I wasn't trying to fight my way out of it and just trying to
relax a little bit."
That's not easy, he said, "especially for me. I've got a bad
Luis Gonzalez doubled in a run for Arizona in the sixth for his
2,300th career hit, earning a standing ovation from the crowd. It
was his 523rd double, tying him with Willie Mays for 32nd on the
majors' career list.
The Brewers, whose 16 hits matched their season high, salvaged
the third game of the series.
"We've always struggled against Vargas so it was good to see,"
manager Ned Yost said. "Jenks started it out with a home run in
the first inning. That always takes a little pressure off. We just
kind of kept coming all day."
Dave Bush (6-7), who beat Arizona in his first outing of the
season on April 7, allowed five runs, four earned, and nine hits in
6 1-3 innings. He left after giving up three runs in the seventh.
"We had good run support and great defense behind me," Bush
said. "That's a combination you can win a lot of games with."
"I didn't think he had a chance at it and he laid it out,"
Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "That ends up being huge for
Milwaukee went up 2-0 in the first. Jeff Cirillo singled and
Jenkins hit Vargas' 2-2 pitch into the right-field seats for his
ninth home run of the season. Bush added a run-scoring double in
Consecutive two-out singles by DaVanon, Hudson and Tracy cut the
lead to 3-1 in the third, but Milwaukee responded with three in the
Fielder hit the first pitch 420 feet far above the home run line
on the center-field wall. Bill Hall doubled and scored on Mike
Rivera's single. Rickie Weeks' RBI single later in the inning made
it 6-1 and ended Vargas' day.
Vargas (7-6) gave up six runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings,
striking out two and walking none, failing to make it past the
fourth inning for the second start in a row.
"We have problems when our starter goes three or four
innings," Melvin said. "We feel the repercussions of it for days
to come sometimes. We've just got to get some more innings out of
our starters. We're just giving up too many runs early, and we're
having to go to our bullpen too early."
Tracy's fielding error at third cleared the way for two unearned
runs for Milwaukee in the fifth.
Arizona cut the lead to 9-5 in the seventh on an RBI single by
DaVanon and a two-run double by Tracy. Brian Shouse relieved Bush
with Tracy on second and got Tony Clark to ground out. He then
struck out Gonzalez to get out of the inning.
The Brewers scored in double digits for the first time
since a 16-10 loss to Minnesota on May 20. ... Arizona 1B Conor
Jackson left the game with a left shoulder strain after stretching
to tag Fielder for a double play to end Milwaukee's sixth inning.
The injury was not believed to be serious but Jackson probably will
undergo a precautionary MRI exam on Monday. ... Arizona SS Stephen
Drew is 0-for-7 in his first two big league games.