Brewers battle back, fall 4-3 to Giants in 11th

Associated Press Published: May 6, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Milwaukee's misfortune of injuries took a break Sunday.

Not much else went right.

Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez lined a single over a five-man infield with the bases loaded in the 11th after Milwaukee rallied to force extra innings, and the San Francisco Giants handed the Brewers a 4-3 loss.

After losing a player to injury in each of the four previous games, Milwaukee is stumbling home bruised and beaten from a 3-5 road trip that took its toll.

"Definitely a very challenging road trip for us, that's for sure," said reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun, who was 1 for 4 with a walk. "It's not easy, but this game's not supposed to be easy. Life isn't easy. We have no choice but to continue to move forward."

The final rally didn't take long.

Buster Poster singled off sidearm submariner Tim Dillard (0-1) leading off the final inning and pinch-runner Emmanuel Burriss moved to second on Angel Pagan's sacrifice bunt.

Dillard walked Brandon Belt intentionally and Ryan Theriot drew a walk to load the bases. Braun moved into the infield from left before Sanchez sent a full-count pitch off Dillard down the left-field line where nobody would've reached it under a traditional configuration anyway.

"I was just trying to get the ball over the infield," said Sanchez, San Francisco's backup catcher. "I feel happy for the whole team. We needed that."

Indeed.

Travis Ishikawa's RBI double handed San Francisco's Santiago Casilla his first blown save in the ninth. The Giants had lost three straight by one run and dropped the opener to the Brewers 6-4 before winning both on the weekend.

Lefty specialist Javier Lopez (3-0) recorded one out for the win. Clay Hensley also pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings after Milwaukee chased Casilla.

"Everything's going to have to go like it did last year where both sides of the ball we do what we're capable of doing, and I really believe we are," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Regardless of the injuries, we still have a good enough team that we can do that."

First baseman Mat Gamel tore the ACL in his right knee on Tuesday in San Diego; Braun left early the next day and missed Friday's series opener in San Francisco with a sore right Achilles; outfielder Carlos Gomez went down Friday with a strained left hamstring; and shortstop Alex Gonzalez's right knee buckled sliding into second Saturday.

San Francisco's banged-up bullpen finally caved before its bats — for a change — brought the club back.

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