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Fielder's slam fires Brewers past Indians

PRINCE Fielder's grand-slam home run sparked a six-run eighth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to defeat the Cleveland Indians 14-12 in a high-scoring interleague game on Monday.

Fielder, who drove in a career-best six runs in the 26-hit slugfest, teed off on a first-pitch breaking ball by the Indians' Rafael Perez (1-2) to put the National League Central Division-leading Brewers ahead.

"I was just trying to get a pitch I could drive up the middle and at least get one run in," Fielder told reporters. "It was my first grand slam and it put us ahead, so it was a good feeling."

Cleveland led 12-8 before Milwaukee took advantage of four hits and four walks in the eighth.

"We were pretty much out of it a couple times but the guys didn't quit," Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said. "We put up some good at-bats."

In the day's only other interleague game, the Los Angeles Angels edged the San Francisco Giants 9-7.

In Cleveland, Ohio, Ryan Braun, who had three hits and five RBI for the game, started the Milwaukee rally with a bases-loaded single off reliever Matt Herges after three consecutive walks. After Perez replaced Herges, Fielder slammed one over the right field fence against the American Leaguers for his 16th homer of the season. Mat Gamel made it 14-12 with a run-scoring single three batters later.

Braun belted a two-run homer in the first to give Milwaukee an early lead. He drove in two more runs with a triple in the fifth as the Brewers won for only the second time in eight games.

Todd Coffey (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win and Trevor Hoffman got three outs for his 16th save.

Cleveland, in last place in the AL Central, held leads of 8-3 and 12-7 before falling.

Eight of its runs came off home runs by Choo Shin-soo, Victor Martinez, Mark DeRosa and Travis Hafner. Hafner's three-run homer in the sixth gave Cleveland a 12-7 lead.

In San Francisco, Erick Aybar and Bobby Abreu hit back-to-back homers, and John Lackey ended a four-start winless stretch as the Angels beat San Francisco for their fourth straight victory.

Aybar hit a two-run homer before Abreu connected in the Angels' seven-run fourth. Robb Quinlan singled in two runs, Mike Napoli added an RBI double and Lackey even singled in a run for his first major league hit and RBI.

Juan Rivera and Sean Rodriguez also went deep for Los Angeles.

Lackey (2-2) struck out a season-high 10 and won for the first time since May 18 against Seattle.

Giants left-hander Barry Zito (3-7) was done after 3 2/3 innings in his shortest outing of the season. He gave up seven runs and 10 hits.


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