Originally created 06/02/06

Pirates finish rare sweep with wild 9th

PITTSBURGH - Ryan Doumit hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning after the umpires took away what looked to be a game-winning home run by Pittsburgh's Jose Castillo and called both teams back onto the field, and the Pirates finished off a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a bizarre 4-3 victory Thursday.

The Pirates trailed 3-2 entering the ninth, but Jeromy Burnitz doubled off Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow (2-2). One batter later, Castillo hit a long drive to right that bounced off the padding atop the right field wall and was first called a home run. It would have the sixth consecutive game that Castillo had homered.

After conferring behind second base, the umpires decided Castillo's drive did not clear the wall and put him back at second - after some Pirates had headed to the clubhouse and fireworks were being shot off. Doumit then worked the count to 3-1 before grounding a ball down the right-field line, scoring Castillo easily and allowing the Pirates to celebrate for a second time.

Castillo also drove in two runs with sacrifice flies and made one of the Pirates' best defensive plays all season with a sliding catch in right field of Chad Moeller's popup in the fourth.


In Cleveland, Ron Belliard hit a three-run homer to help Cleveland to a victory over Chicago, its third consecutive win over the defending World Series champs.

Jermaine Dye homered twice and drove in five runs, while Jim Thome had three RBI for Chicago, which led 5-2, trailed 7-5 and went ahead 8-7.

But the White Sox couldn't prevent the Indians from winning the final three games of the series after losing the opener 11-0.

Ben Broussard had four of Cleveland's 14 hits.

Belliard fouled off five consecutive 1-2 pitches before connecting off Brandon McCarthy (2-3) for his third homer to put Cleveland ahead 10-8 in the seventh inning.


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