Prince Fielder homered twice and scored the go-ahead run as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates 6-to-4 this afternoon.
The Brewers now have a 21-and-10 record, tops in the major leagues. And they are eleven games over .500 for the first time since 1992. They have won three straight and seven of eight.
Fielder led off the eighth inning with a single against John Grabow and advanced to second on Johnny Estrada's sacrifice. Matt Capps came in and got pinch-hitter Tony Graffanino to fly out before pinch-hitter Bill Hall drove in Fielder with a single to put Milwaukee ahead 5-to-4.
Fielder just eluded the throw home, popped up and gestured toward the Pirates' bench, prompting plate umpire Tim Timmons to step in front of him and point him toward the Brewers' dugout. Hall scored on Tony Gwynn Junior's single.
Carlos Villanueva pitched one and a third hitless innings to get the victory, and Francisco Cordero worked the ninth for his twelfth save in 12 chances.