• Summary: Pedro Feliz scored from first base on Rich Aurilia's bloop single to right in the eighth, lifting the Giants to a three-game sweep of the Brewers with a 5-4 win.
• Fading fast: The Brewers fell to .500 (65-65) for the first time since April 10, when they were 4-4.
• Quotable: "The way we've been playing right now, we need to find ways to be a better team. And that's all I have to say." -- Brewers manager Ned Yost
• Unsung hero: Guillermo Rodriguez hit his first career home run, a two-run shot off Milwaukee starter Dave Bush, to knot the game at four in the seventh.
• Figure this: Rookie Ryan Braun went yard for the 25th time this season. While he has played in only 90 games, Braun is three homers shy of tying the Brewers' rookie home run record of 28 set by Prince Fielder last year.
-- ESPN.com news services
Giants 5, Brewers 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Brewers' continued slump has left
manager Ned Yost speechless. Pedro Feliz scored from first base on Rich Aurilia's single to
right field in the eighth inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants
to a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday and completing a
three-game sweep. "The way we've been playing right now, we need to find ways to
be a better team," Yost said. "And that's all I have to say." The Brewers continue to trail the Chicago Cubs by 1½ games in
the NL Central, and have lost four in a row and seven of their last
10 to drop to 25-40 on the road. With two outs, Aurilia hit a high fly ball off Scott Linebrink
(4-5) that landed near right fielder Corey Hart, second baseman
Rickie Weeks and the foul line. Feliz scored easily when Hart's
throw traveled up the third base line. "I didn't want to dive for it," Hart said. "I just made a bad
throw." Said Feliz: "The wind is kind of crazy here and I saw he was
playing back. You have to take advantage of that." Aurilia thought the ball would be caught and appeared disgusted
after hitting it. "Fortunately there were two outs and Pedro was running the
whole way," Aurilia said. "I just found a lucky spot to drop it
in." Steve Kline (1-2) pitched the eighth for his first win of the
season and Brad Hennessey got the final three outs for his 14th
save in 16 chances, including the last 11 in a row. "Come-from-behind wins are always more exciting," Hennessey
said. "It's huge for us to get on a good run right now and build
for next year." The Giants had not swept a series at home since May 21-23
against the Houston Astros. Guillermo Rodriguez hit a two-run shot, his first career homer,
off Brewers starter Dave Bush to tie the game at four in the
seventh inning. The 29-year-old Rodriguez, who spent the last 11 years toiling
in the minors, said he had to give up four hats and a used bat to
get the ball back. "It's amazing. My first home run ties the game," said
Rodriguez, whose last five hits have all been for extra bases.
"I've hit home runs in the minors but I think this was the right
moment. It was kind of cool -- the ball just kept going." Bush retired 14 of 15 hitters before giving up a pair of doubles
in the sixth. He got out of that inning but couldn't survive the
seventh. He gave up four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings,
striking out four and walking one. "The home run was a cutter but it wasn't a good pitch," Bush
said. "There were five guys I'd never seen before and not much of
a scouting report to go on." Giants starter Tim Lincecum allowed four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two. Ryan Braun, who came into the series in a 3-for-28 slump, gave
the Brewers a 4-1 advantage with his three-run homer in the third.
He has played in only 90 games, but is three homers shy of tying
the Brewers' rookie home run record of 28 set by Prince Fielder
last season. The third baseman, a leading candidate for NL Rookie of the
Year, had five hits in 13 at-bats against Giants pitching and is
batting .389 (14-for-36) against them this season. The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the first without a hit. Dave Roberts walked, stole second, went to third on Rajai Davis'
sacrifice bunt and scored on Randy Winn's slow roller to first. Geoff Jenkins doubled to lead off the second and later scored
when J.J. Hardy singled to tie it at one.
Lincecum had an 11-inning scoreless streak against the
Brewers end in the second inning. ... The Brewers are 9-21 in their
last 30 games. ... Bush is 7-3 with five no decisions in his last
14 starts and one relief appearance. ... Jenkins broke an 0-for-15
slump with his double. ... The Giants committed three errors for
the third time this season.