SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It hardly mattered to the Milwaukee Brewers who they beat at this stage. They just needed wins.
Carlos Lee homered twice, Jeff Cirillo added a two-run single and the Brewers won a series against the San Francisco Giants for the first time in four years with an 8-5 victory Sunday.Milwaukee manager Ned Yost has been pleased that Lee is being more selective in the batter's box -- and it's paying off for the slugger. He was behind in the count on both homers."I think it's all about me being patient at the plate and making sure I get pitches to hit and not a pitcher's pitch," Lee said. "When I get two strikes, I just want to put the ball in play."Lee hit a two-run shot in the third inning and another two-run drive in the fifth to give him three homers this year and 10 career multihomer games. He scored three times and finished with three of Milwaukee's 13 hits, helping the Brewers win two of three in this
set.Milwaukee had lost six straight series to the Giants since taking two of three July 6-8, 2001, in San Francisco.Winning pitcher Gary Glover (1-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. Derrick Turnbow got four outs for his first career save, striking out pinch-hitter Marquis Grissom with two on to end it."After the way we've been playing coming into this series, no matter who it was, taking two of three gives you momentum," Glover said. "It's something for us to build on."The Brewers have scored six or more runs in each of their seven victories but had been swept in their previous three series. They hope to gain momentum from this series, which followed a seven-game losing streak, as they head to St. Louis to play the NL champion Cardinals before returning home from this eight-game road trip.Geoff Jenkins had a double among his two hits and Lyle Overbay
singled twice, quickly getting to Jerome Williams (0-2) after the right-hander struck out the initial two batters in a 1-2-3 first inning."It's great," Jenkins said. "It's fun to contribute. Hopefully, we can take this confidence there and get some wins."Moises Alou hit his first home run for the Giants, a fourth-inning solo shot, two days after coming off the disabled list with a strained right calf. He is the first member of the Alou family to homer for San Francisco since Jesus Alou did it Aug. 19, 1967. Between Moises, his father Felipe and Felipe's brothers, Matty and Jesus, the family has homered 116 times for this franchise.But Felipe Alou missed a chance at his 200th victory as Giants manager Sunday. San Francisco loaded the bases in the seventh with two outs against Mike Adams before Mike Matheny lined out to shortstop to end the threat.Omar Vizquel tripled, doubled, singled, drove in a run and stole a base on his 38th birthday, and J.T. Snow ended a four-game hitless slump by hitting three singles and driving in a run for the
Giants, who have struggled to give their starting pitchers enough run support.Williams, making his first turn on regular rest after going 10 days between his first and second outings, allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter."Jerome today didn't have much to compete with," Felipe Alou said. "Every time we scored, the Brewers would score two after."A 10-game winner last season despite being limited to 22 starts because of right elbow surgery, Williams had a slow start in spring training but impressed the Giants late in the exhibition schedule."I made two big mistakes," he said. "It's been a struggle, but we can't look back. We've got to look to the future. It's always disappointing when you can't put guys away, especially when you're ahead of a guy 0-2. I didn't think about homers, but I didn't make the right pitches. It was a mental lapse. The balls were up right over the plate."Brewers ace Ben Sheets was released from a Houston hospital Saturday after spending two nights there while being treated for an inflamed inner ear. He flew Sunday to St. Louis to rejoin the team but will not make his scheduled start Monday night. Wes Obermueller will make a spot start.
All three Giants were retired in the sixth on flyballs to center fielder Brady Clark before all three Brewers flied out to center fielder Michael Tucker in the top of the seventh. ... The Brewers improved to 3-4 in series. ... Tucker made his first start in center to give Grissom a rest. ... Lee has a team-leading 14 RBI. ... Vizquel, the nine-time Gold Glove shortstop, had his first three-hit game for the Giants after spending the last 11 seasons with Cleveland.