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Updated: Thursday, May 20, 2004 2:37 AM EDT
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MILWAUKEE 6, MONTREAL 3
 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Ticker) -- Bill Hall delivered a three-run triple in the fourth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers posted a 6-3 victory over the Montreal Expos .

Hall's first triple of the season went over the head of center fielder Endy Chavez and helped the Brewers erase a 2-0 deficit.

"I didn't hit it high enough to get it out," Hall said. "I didn't see it, I just stopped looking and took advantage of the wet ball and made it safely to third."

Craig Counsell added four hits for the Brewers, who won for the fourth time in five meetings with the Expos this season.

Victor Santos (2-0) battled through five innings, allowing two runs and six hits. The righthander walked two and struck out three.

After Santos departed, four relievers combined to give up one run and four hits in four innings. Dan Kolb allowed two hits in the ninth but picked up his ninth save.

Milwaukee first baseman Lyle Overbay went 0-for-2 with two walks, snapping his 18-game hitting streak.

"I don't have an excuses for not coming up with a hit," Overbay said. "I had great pitches to hit but couldn't capitalize on the opportunities."

Chavez had four hits and Brian Schneider belted a solo homer for Montreal, which had a season-high four-game winning streak stopped.

Montreal starter Sun-Woo Kim (2-2) surrendered four runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings.

The game was delayed twice by rain, totaling 1 hour, 41 minutes.

Santos surrendered an RBI double to Orlando Cabrera and a run-scoring base hit to Tony Batista in the first but settled down the rest of the way.

After the first, Santos gave up two hits over his final four innings en route to his second straight strong start. He gave up five hits over seven scoreless innings while not factoring in the decision against Atlanta on Friday.

Santos also returned to work the fifth following a 41-minute rain delay in the bottom of the fourth.

"I knew that I would come back to pitch at least one more inning after the delay," Santos said.

"He was huge after the first inning," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He looked a little erratic at times, but he battled through it and gave us an opportunity to come back."

Following Hall's bases-clearing hit that gave the Brewers the lead, Ben Grieve capped the fourth with an RBI single that opened a 4-2 lead.

"We were out of the game after the fourth," Expos manager Frank Robinson saud. "When the play resumed and Woo Kim lost the grip, he gave up a double and two consecutive walks, and of course that triple by Hall changed the outcome of the game."

Keith Ginter tacked on a run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly before Schneider hit his sixth homer in the bottom of the inning, pulling the Expos within 5-3.

Brady Clark capped the scoring with an RBI single in the ninth.


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