Nixon and Varitek hit back-to-back homers in the top of the ninth inning to lift the
Boston Red Sox
to an 11-10 victory over the Brewers.
Carrying a 10-9 lead into the ninth, Milwaukee pinned its hopes for its first five-game winning streak since May 12-16, 2001 on closer
(2-4). But the National League Player of the Week served up consecutive homers to Nixon and Varitek to squander the lead.
"I didn't pitch well enough to get a save tonight," DeJean said. "I threw some pretty bad pitches to some pretty good hitters. We pitched them tough last night, but tonight, we just didn't do the job. The pitchers have to do a better job."
"They pounded the ball when they needed to," Milwaukee manager
said. "Our guys were pounding the ball, too. It was a good game, I wish we'd have won it. They're a powerfully explosive club, but you want to win those games when you have that type of lead."
With one game remaining on Boston's 11-game road trip, Nixon is hitting .389 (14-for-36) with four homers and 13 RBI.
"Trot had an outstanding road trip,"
manager Grady Little said. "We've always seen
in grooves like this before, but tonight is about as good a groove as I've seen him."
The Brewers held a 10-4 lead after five innings before Boston began its comeback with the long ball. Pinch hitter
hit a solo shot in the sixth and
, who was batting for
, belted a grand slam in the seventh to pull the
within a run.
"Millar's grand slam was really big," Little said. "There were a lot of big hits in the game, but that grand slam was the one that helped the most."
It was the first grand slam by a Boston pinch hitter since
launched one against Tampa Bay on May 4, 2002.
(2-2) got the win after tossing two scoreless innings.
worked around a hit in the ninth for his first save of the season.
left the contest after one inning with soreness in his left shoulder. He will be re-evaluated when the club returns to Boston on Monday.
The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when
scored on a triple by
, who raced home on a passed ball by Varitek. But Ortiz halved Boston's deficit by leading off the second with his third homer.
for four runs in the third to increase its advantage to 6-1.
, who allowed three runs and four hits in four innings, opened the inning with a single and Young doubled. After a popout,
slapped an RBI single to left to make it 3-1.
lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Young before
stroked a two-run single to cap the frame.
Ramirez launched a two-run homer in the fourth to cut Boston's deficit to 6-3, but Podsednik's RBI single and
' two-run blast in the bottom half restored Milwaukee's six-run bulge.
John Vander Wal
traded RBI doubles in the fifth, but Mueller and Millar gave the
their first game with two pinch homers since September 19, 1997. Mueller homered in the sixth and Millar hit his an inning later.
"I'm coming up there with two outs and the bases loaded and we're down by five. No doubt about it that home run is on your mind," Millar said. "To get a pitch to hit out of the yard is big. It doesn't always happen. I was trying to hit a home run, I can't lie to you. I was definitely trying to hit a home run in that situation."
"A brutal cement-mixing slider," said Milwaukee pitcher
, who served up the blast. "It was completely my fault. It was just a stupid pitch. It's inexcusable. It's inexcusable to get beat by that pitch."
The Brewers went down fighting as Clark singled with two outs in the ninth.
lifted a fly ball to deep right field that Nixon tracked down to end the game.
"As soon as (Helms) hit it, we were like, 'Oh, God,'" Millar said. "But we saw Trot had a beat on it. It was one of those games where it would be the last man standing."