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MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Royce Clayton 's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to their season-high fifth straight win, a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates .

Pinch hitter Mark Smith walked with one out in the ninth against Pirates reliever Mark Corey (0-1). Wes Helms followed with a single before Eddie Perez flied out. Clayton followed with a deep fly ball that left fielder Brian Giles chased down, but the ball hit off Giles' glove as Smith scored the winning run.

"I just heard the ball hit and it hit on the sweet spot of the bat and I thought it was gone," Clayton said.

Giles felt he should have made the play.

"I had the ball in my glove, I should have caught it," Giles said. "I was playing a little bit shallow in case I had to throw the ball to the plate. It wasn't that shallow, though. I should have caught it."

The Brewers blew a 6-3 lead entering the ninth inning. Giles had an RBI single and Matt Stairs connected for a dramatic two-out, two-run homer off Brewers reliever Leo Estrella (5-1).

Estrella's third blown save in six chances cost Milwaukee starter Wes Obermueller his first career victory. Obermueller allowed one run and eight hits in six innings.

"He pitched a great game," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He felt he was really struggling out there to get his first win. He really pitched his tail off and it will come to him."

Geoff Jenkins homered and had four RBI to lead the Brewers, who have won five straight for the first time since May 31-June 4, 2002.

Reggie Sanders had four hits for Pittsburgh, which has lost three straight for the first time since June 22-24.

"It was a good comeback for us," Sanders said. "We continued to bear down and score runs and do what we needed to do to get back in it. We just weren't successful."

Clayton and Obermueller opened the fifth inning with singles off Pirates starter Josh Fogg . That set the table for Jenkins, who belted a three-run homer with two outs for a 4-1 lead. Jenkins has 24 homers this season and 87 RBI, seven shy of his career high.

Pittsburgh pulled within 5-3 in the eighth inning on Rob Mackowiak 's two-run homer with two outs. Jack Wilson reached on an infield hit before pinch hitter Craig Wilson grounded out.

Milwaukee added a run in the bottom of the eighth on Brady Clark 's RBI single. The Brewers loaded the bases with two outs, but Jenkins fanned on four pitches against Mike Gonzalez .

"It was a tough one tonight, but Royce came through in the ninth when we really needed to get the win," Jenkins said.

Fogg allowed four hits and seven hits in five innings in his fourth start against the Brewers this season. Fogg is 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA in those outings.

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