Final in 10

Series: Game 1 of 4

Pittsburgh leads 1-0 (as of 7/11)

Game 1: Thursday, July 11
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Milwaukee 2
Game 2: Friday, July 12
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Milwaukee 2
Game 3: Saturday, July 13
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Milwaukee 3
Game 4: Sunday, July 14
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Milwaukee 5

Pirates 3

(39-49, 19-22 away)

Brewers 2

(33-56, 18-25 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 11, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: B. Boehringer (2-2)

    L: M. DeJean (0-4)

    S: M. Williams (26)

    Giles' HR in 10th boosts Bucs past Brewers

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- This time, an extra-inning game at Miller Park wound up with a winner.


    Two days after the All-Star Game finished in an unpopular, 11-inning tie at the same park, Brian Giles hit a home run in the 10th Thursday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2.

    "One thing about it, we weren't going to run out of pitchers,'' Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said.

    The irony of this extra-inning game was not lost on the 21,021 fans, who offered a half-hearted chant of "Let them play'' after pinch-hitter Ryan Thompson struck out to end the ninth inning.

    Giles homered with one out off Mike DeJean (0-4).

    Giles finished the first half of the season with 22 homers, 53 RBI and a .299 batting average, but closer Mike Williams was Pittsburgh's All-Star representative.

    "I don't know he wanted to throw that good a pitch,'' Giles said. "But you've always got to step in and be ready to hit, because they can't always locate it where they want.''

    Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said, "A good hitter hits the ball the other way to beat you, you can't be too upset about that.''

    Brian Boehringer (2-2) was the winner. Williams got his 26th save.

    Jose Hernandez, who played for the hometown Brewers in the All-Star Game, tied it at 2 in the seventh by hitting a 430-foot homer off Josh Fogg.

    Pokey Reese hit a two-run single in the fourth to give Pittsburgh the lead. Giles started the inning with a single, and Kevin Young later hustled to beat a double-play relay to keep the inning going.

    Ben Sheets then hit Chad Hermansen with a 3-2 pitch to load the bases for Reese's single.

    Milwaukee got a run back in the sixth. Eric Young and Jeffrey Hammonds singled, Richie Sexson walked on four pitches to load the bases and a run scored when Matt Stairs hit into a double play.

    The Brewers put a runner at third with one out in the 10th. But Jeffrey Hammonds popped out and after Sexson was intentionally walked, pinch-hitter Alex Ochoa struck out to end the game.

    Sheets and Fogg faced each other for the second time in eight days. Sheets surrendered seven hits, striking out seven and walking two before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh.

    Fogg struck out two and walked four, allowing five hits in seven innings.

    "Fogg held us down,'' Brewers manager Jerry Royster said. "He's done that a couple times. Until we hit the ball the other way on him, he's going to give us trouble.''

    Game notes

    Sheets is 1-7 with three no-decisions since May 9. Only three times in those 11 starts has he allowed more than three earned runs. ... The Pirates' Jack Wilson saw his 11-game hit streak broken. He was 0-for-5. ... Hernandez's homer was the 17th homer that Fogg has allowed this season. He has given up at least one homer in 11 of his last 12 starts.

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