KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The toughest part of these past two
years and two months for Brandon Duckworth was probably the final
45 minutes Saturday night.
That's about how long he sat in the dugout as relievers threw
clutch pitches and fielders turned in terrific plays, making his
one-run lead hold up in the Kansas City Royals' 6-5 victory over
the mistake-prone Milwaukee Brewers.
For Duckworth, it was his first major league win since he was
with Houston and beat Colorado on April 24, 2004.
"You can just never give in, never give up," said the veteran
right-hander, who was obtained on June 10 from Pittsburgh. "You've
got to keep battling, battling, battling."
Brewers starter Doug Davis (4-5) was ready to shoulder at least
a big part of the blame. After giving up Tony Graffanino's leadoff
home run, he walked Doug Mientkiewicz and John Buck. Then Angel
Berroa hit a grounder to short, but Hall never got control of the
ball and the bases were loaded.
German scored the go-ahead run from third on Mark Grudzielanek's
infield out to cap the scoring. Three of the five runs in the
inning were unearned.
"I got the ground balls. But you walk two in a row, the
defenders are on their heels," Davis said. "They don't have the
best jump on the ball because they've been sitting there. It's just
as much my fault as anybody's. From there, we just kind of gave the
game away, it seemed like."
That wasn't exactly how Milwaukee manager Ned Yost saw it.
"They're big league infielders. They're paid to make those
plays," Yost said. "And [the plays were] tough, yes. Billy had to
range a long way and it was a tough hop on Corey."
Hall was replaced at short the next inning but not because of
his error, Yost said.
"Billy got sick all of a sudden," he said. "The inning
before, the stomach got upset and it just kept getting worse and
worse on him out there. He felt like he was going to throw up and I
think he said he was a little dizzy."
Duckworth (1-1) pitched five innings for the win, giving up five
runs, 10 hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Elmer Dessens pitched two hitless innings after relieving
Duckworth with runners at first and third and nobody out in the
sixth. Dessens got Brady Clark to hit into a fielder's choice to
third baseman Graffanino, who threw home to get Damian Miller.
Graffanino then saved a run after fumbling Rickie Weeks' grounder,
flipping the ball backhanded for a force out at second, with Gabe
Gross stopping at third. Koskie then grounded out to Dessens to end
"When you're playing well, that's what you have to do, take
advantage of the other team's mistakes," said Graffanino. "We
were able to do that again tonight."
Ambiorix Burgos got the last four outs for his 12th save in 18
The Brewers loaded the bases with two out in the fourth on two
soft singles and a walk before Weeks lashed a two-run double to
left-center. Koskie made it 5-1 with a two-run single but was
thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
Davis went three innings and gave up six hits and six runs --
three earned -- with two walks and three strikeouts.
Berroa had an RBI single in the second and Carlos Lee tied it
1-1 with a sacrifice fly for the Brewers in the third.
The start of the game was delayed by rain for 51 minutes.
... Five-time All-Star Mike Sweeney said he plans to begin a rehab
assignment next week at Double-A Wichita. Sweeney has been out
since early May with a bulging disc. ... Three Milwaukee pitchers
on the DL -- RHP Tomo Ohka, LHP Jorge De La Rosa and two-time
All-Star Ben Sheets -- threw batting practice on Saturday. ...
Royals C John Buck popped out in his first at-bat, halting his
streak of reaching in consecutive plate appearances at 10, one
short of the team record. ... Hall made a terrific play in the
third when he stopped Grudzielanek's hard smash to his right and
threw to second for a force out.