Hall's two-run homer in eighth rallies Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Bill Hall fouled off the first changeup he saw
from Mike Remlinger with two outs in the eighth inning.

He got another and hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer as the
Milwaukee Brewers overcame a pair of Derrek Lee home runs and beat
the Chicago Cubs 8-7 Thursday.

"I get criticized when I say my team battles," Milwaukee
manager Ned Yost said. "People get upset because I say my team
battles all the time. So I don't know how to really put it."

With two outs in the eighth and the score 6-all, Jeff Cirillo
singled on a ball just under the glove of second baseman Todd
Walker. Hall followed with his 11th homer, a drive to center field
off Remlinger (0-2).

"I was just expecting to drive the ball in the gap and get
Cirillo some running room so he could maybe score from first,"
said Hall, who also had two doubles. "I was sitting on a changeup
on the first pitch and I fouled it off. I was pretty upset."

After another strike, Hall took two fastballs to even the count
at 2-2 and expected another changeup.

"I looked for it, got it and got the good part of the bat on
it," said Hall, 8-for-16 with three homers and four RBI in the

Ricky Bottalico (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for his first win
since June 17 last year with the New York Mets, and Derrick Turnbow
finished for his 12th save, giving Milwaukee a split of the
four-game series. After Turnbow allowed Neifi Perez's two-out RBI
single in the ninth, he retired Lee on a game-ending lineout to

"That's not the guy you want to be facing in that situation,"
Turnbow said.

Lee had three hits to raise his major league-leading average to
.395 and took over the home run lead with 22. It was his fifth
multihomer game this season and the 14th of his career.

"We've got to find a way to win those close games, that's for
sure," Lee said. "When we get the lead late, we've got to find a
way to hold it."

Chicago has lost six of its last eight games and eight of 11.

"I thought it was an out at first," Remlinger said of Hall's
homer. "With the trajectory, I thought it was a line drive to

Milwaukee trailed 6-4 before Chris Magruder, in an 0-for-11
slide, hit a two-run single in the seventh off Will Ohman, who had
just entered the game.

Chicago had gone ahead in the top of the inning on Michael
Barrett's RBI double and Perez's run-scoring single.

Brewers starter Ben Sheets allowed a season-high six earned
runs, giving up six runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Lee hit a two-run homer in the first off Sheets, who has allowed
homers in eight of 11 starts.

"I told Ben we were going to get him off the hook," Yost said.

Chicago's Glendon Rusch, winless in four starts, gave up four
runs and seven hits in six innings. Chad Moeller hit a solo homer
for the Brewers, 17-8 in their last 25 home games.

Game notes
Sheets received his first no-decision of the season. He was
trying to win consecutive starts for the first time since June
30-July 10. ... Rusch's last victory was June 2, a four-hit shutout
at San Diego. ... Aramis Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 10
games with a single in the fourth. ... Hall has 10 doubles in June,
one shy of the club record for June set by Cecil Cooper in 1983.