liked his diving catch more than either of his clutch hits.
plan another postseason run, they'll need all of their right fielder's contributions.
Hart drove in three runs on a double and a triple and saved at least two more with a diving catch for the Brewers, who rallied
to beat the
Chicago White Sox
7-2 Friday night.
''Obviously, you want to get hits, but to be able to save Soup from a couple of runs like that, he'd been getting out of some
situations, any time you can help a pitcher out like that, especially when they're battling for you, it's a good feeling,''
It was finally a good feeling all around for the Brewers, who snapped a four-game losing streak even though they've stayed
in first place in the NL Central through a 4-7 stretch. Four starters sat Thursday due to hitting slumps and the team came
in batting .195 with runners in scoring position in the previous 10.
Milwaukee went 6-for-12 against the
in those situations, but it was more of the same early in this one.
The Brewers trailed their former AL Central foes 2-0 after a run-scoring double by A.J. Pierzynski and an RBI single by
in the fourth.
But Hart, one of the four starters benched, sparked a rally in the sixth after his diving catch of Getz's liner ended the
top of the inning instead of pushing the lead to at least 4-0. Getz thought he would end up with an inside the park homer
that would have put the
up five runs.
''That totally changed the game. I was shocked that he caught it,'' Getz said. ''I had an inside-the-park home run in spring
training (this year) and I was thinking about it for a second and then he caught it. I said, 'No way.'''
Said Hart: ''It was a gamble. If I miss it, everybody's scoring.''
Instead, Hart broke out of his 4-for-30 slump at the plate moments later as the
came unraveled to start their nine-game interleague road trip.
, pitching on three days' rest for the first time, scattered four hits and committed a throwing error on
's dribbler to the mound to start the sixth.
came on and struck out
, but Hart hit a liner to left that ricocheted in the corner, allowing Fielder to score from first.
Dotel (1-2) struck out
and intentionally walked
to bring up Suppan (5-4), who hit a bloop single to score Hart. Milwaukee made it 3-2 on
's single to left.
''I walked Kendall because I knew they wouldn't pinch hit for Suppan,''
said. ''But he blooped one and things went south from there.''
The Brewers then blew it open in the seventh with Hart again leading the way.
After singles by
, Hart tripled off D.J. Carrasco and Hall, who had been 5 for 66 and also sat Thursday, singled to drive in Hart. McGehee
added an RBI single to make it 7-2.
That was more than enough to pick up another solid effort by Suppan, who went 2 for 2 from the plate and got the first two
outs of the seventh inning before being pulled for left-hander
. Suppan gave up two runs off nine hits and did not walk a batter.
NOTES: The two teams last met July 17, 2001. Chicago had won the previous six games in the series. ...
(thumb) missed Friday's game. ... Guillen deferred any potential trade talks surrounding his team to GM
. ''My job is managing the people with the uniforms, and Kenny's job is the dirty one. I've got the clean one,'' Guillen said.
''Kenny will make moves for a reason, a good one.'' ... Brewers GM Doug Melvin said he won't discuss trade rumors after June
1, but noted he got a call from Boston GM Theo Epstein, who refuted a published report saying the
were interested in Hart. Melvin said he hasn't spoken with any team about specific players nor with any available free agent.