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Boston Red Sox
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11 14 2
Milwaukee Brewers
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10 12 0
W Lyon (2-2)
L DeJean (2-4)
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BOSTON 11, MILWAUKEE 10
 

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Brewers were two outs away from their first five-game winning streak in over two years. Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek had other ideas.

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 Mike DeJean (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 Ned Yost 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," Red Sox manager Grady Little said. "We've always seen Trot Nixon 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 Bill Mueller hit a solo shot in the sixth and Kevin Millar , who was batting for Alan Embree , belted a grand slam in the seventh to pull the Red Sox 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 Shea Hillenbrand launched one against Tampa Bay on May 4, 2002.

Brandon Lyon (2-2) got the win after tossing two scoreless innings. Mike Timlin worked around a hit in the ninth for his first save of the season.

David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez also homered for Boston, which had lost seven of its previous nine games.

Red Sox starter Casey Fossum 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 Eric Young scored on a triple by Scott Podsednik , who raced home on a passed ball by Varitek. But Ortiz halved Boston's deficit by leading off the second with his third homer.

Milwaukee touched Robert Person for four runs in the third to increase its advantage to 6-1.

Brewers starter Ruben Quevedo , who allowed three runs and four hits in four innings, opened the inning with a single and Young doubled. After a popout, Richie Sexson slapped an RBI single to left to make it 3-1.

Brady Clark lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Young before Eddie Perez 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 Geoff Jenkins ' two-run blast in the bottom half restored Milwaukee's six-run bulge.

Nixon and John Vander Wal traded RBI doubles in the fifth, but Mueller and Millar gave the Red Sox 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 Jayson Durocher , 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. Wes Helms 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."


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