Hall, Clark lead Brewers over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers got 17 hits -- and
an immediate boost of confidence.

Bill Hall drove in three runs, Brady Clark tied a career high
with four hits and the Brewers beat the Anaheim Angels 12-2
Wednesday night to knock them out of first place in the AL West.

The win came one night after Milwaukee defeated Anaheim 1-0 in
17 innings and tied a major league record by striking out 26 times.

"The biggest thing is that guys who were down on themselves got
some key hits and big hits," Brewers cleanup hitter Lyle Overbay
said. "A couple of those guys have been pressing because they've
had limited at-bats, so they've wanted to get in there and show
what they can do. But tonight it worked out well for them."

Overbay hit a two-run double, Keith Ginter capped a five-run
eighth with a two-run single and Geoff Jenkins had two RBI after
striking out a major league record-tying six times Tuesday night.

Victor Santos (4-2) gave up 13 hits in six innings, including
Vladimir Guerrero's 15th home run, which tied him for the AL lead.

But Santos improved his road record to 4-0, after he entered
this season 1-6 away from home.

"I pitch with the same confidence on the road or at home, but
we've hit better when I've pitched on the road," said Santos, also
aided by three double plays.

"I gave up 13 hits, but part of that was being aggressive in
the zone. They were swinging early in the count and putting the
ball in play, and good things were happening for them. But when I
got in a jam, I made the key pitch to make them roll it over for a
double play."

Dave Burba pitched three scoreless innings for his second save,
sending the Angels to their fifth straight loss and 10th in 14
games. They slipped a game behind Oakland in the AL West, the first
time they haven't held at least a share of the top spot since May 3
-- despite having several of their regulars on the disabled list.

"Injuries have taken their toll, but I'm not surprised that we
were in first place this long because we have a great bunch of guys
in here," losing pitcher Jarrod Washburn said.

"The team that caught us has some injuries, too, so hopefully
we'll get everyone back here pretty soon and be able to play at
full strength. You don't always have that luxury, so you have to
find a way to win whatever the circumstances are."

Center fielder Raul Mondesi was placed on the 15-day disabled
list because of a torn right quadriceps. But Tim Salmon, activated
late Tuesday night after missing 35 games because of a sore left
knee, was 3-for-3 with a walk.

"It's always a positive when you get one of your big guys back
healthy and on the field, and to have a night like that," Washburn
said. "It would have been nicer if we got a 'W' out of it."

Washburn (7-3) allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings.
He's 0-2 with a 7.77 ERA in his last four starts after winning each
of his previous six outings.

Overbay drove the left-hander's 0-2 pitch to right-center for a
two-run double in the first, after a bunt single by Clark and a
ground-rule double by Jenkins. Hall added a two-out RBI single.

Jeff DaVanon led off the second with a bunt single for the first
of his three hits and advanced to second on Salmon's single before
Scott Podsednik robbed Casey Kotchman of extra bases with a diving
catch in left-center.

Santos thought he was out of the inning when Shane Halter hit
what appeared to be a double-play grounder to shortstop. But second
baseman Junior Spivey made a wild relay throw to first, allowing
DaVanon to score.

The run ended a franchise record-tying 33-inning scoreless
drought by the Angels, stretching back to Chone Figgins' two-run
homer against Cleveland's Joe Dawley in the third inning of
Saturday's 3-2 loss. Their other 33-inning drought was in August

Clark, whose other four-hit game was last July 26 at Colorado,
had an RBI double in the sixth to make it 7-2.

"It seems like every time he's out there and I'm out there,
he's getting hits," Santos said. "He's been a tough out all year.
His average is a little down, but he's hitting a lot of balls

Game notes
Spivey's error was his fourth in a span of 11 innings. ... Halter ended an 0-for-17 drought with a single in
the sixth.