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Fielder collects first big-league hit, RBI

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Hideo Nomo got a well-deserved beer
dousing from his teammates.

Nomo allowed two runs in seven innings for his 200th combined
major league and Japanese win, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Wednesday night.

The win qualified Nomo (4-6) for the Meikyukai, one of two
special honors for Japanese players. Membership is automatic after
a player reaches 2,000 hits or 200 wins. He is the 16th pitcher and
45th member overall. The other top honor is the Japanese Hall of
Fame, where members are elected.

"Everybody poured beer on me, and it was really good fun,"
Nomo said through an interpreter. "I think it will be a real good
memory one day because I got to celebrate with my teammates, and
it's really good for the fans."

Nomo gave up four hits and benefited from two batters lining
into double plays. He struck out two and walked two in just his
second win in his last 11 starts.

"Bravo for him," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "It's
quite an accomplishment. Proud of him. He's had a great career, and
this is a special win."

Prince Fielder got his first two hits in the majors with a pair
of doubles, earning his first major league RBI in the ninth with
the second one. The son of former major league slugger Cecil
Fielder was the Brewers' first-round pick in the 2002 draft.

"It was fun getting that first hit," Fielder said. "I wish we
could have won. Now I'm not so wide-eyed. I still felt the
butterflies, but I felt good."

Milwaukee purchased Fielder's contract from Triple-A Nashville
on Monday, and he went 0-for-4 that night in his big league debut.
He didn't play in Tuesday's game.

Franklin Nunez pitched the eighth and Danys Baez worked the
ninth for his ninth save in 15 opportunities.

Brady Clark homered for Milwaukee, which has lost six of seven.
Victor Santos (2-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus
innings.

"I'm not discouraged," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I
believe we can turn it around real quick. We're good enough to do
it."

Clark hit a leadoff homer in the first and Chris Magruder had an
RBI grounder one inning later to put the Brewers up 2-0. Tampa Bay
got a run back in the bottom of the second when Kevin Cash homered
on the first pitch of his first at-bat this season.

"To get up and get that first at-bat and be a home run ... a
hit is fine," Cash said. "A home run, that's always good."

Cash started the year sidelined by a shoulder injury and played
17 games at Triple-A Durham before being called up on Monday.

Alex Gonzalez tied it 2-all on a run-scoring double in the
fourth. Tampa Bay went ahead 3-2 in the fifth when Julio Lugo
scored from second with two outs when second baseman Rickie Weeks
was charged with an error for misplaying Travis Lee's grounder.

Lugo's RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Nick Green gave the
Devil Rays a 5-2 advantage in the seventh.

Game notes
Nomo's combined record is 200-142, including 122-106 in the
majors. ... Devil Rays CF Rocco Baldelli will undergo right elbow
ligament replacement surgery next week. He could be ready for
spring training next season. "It's disappointing," Baldelli said.
"But I'm not going to take any time and feel bad for myself. I'm
just going to rehab this injury and get better." ... Milwaukee LF
Carlos Lee, among the NL leaders in homers and RBI, didn't drive
in a run and went 1-for-12 in the three-game series. ... Santos has
lost five straight road decisions. ... Academy Award winning
actress Susan Sarandon threw out a ceremonial first pitch. She
played Annie Savoy in the movie Bull Durham.