Fielder's First Home Run Helps Brewers Over Cardinals 5-3

10th inning 2-run blast accounts for final margin
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2008 6:40 PM CDT
Milwaukee Brewers' Prince Fielder, left, celebrates along side teammate Rickie Weeks, right, after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 a baseball game Thursday, April 17, 2008, in St. Louis. Fielder...   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(Newser) – Prince Fielder hit his first home run of the season, a two-run drive off Brad Thompson in the 10th inning that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Fielder, who led the NL with 50 homers last year, needed 54 at-bats to connect for the first time this year. He also tied the score with a bloop RBI double that capped a three-run, eighth-inning rally against Kyle Lohse and two relievers.

Milwaukee trailed 3-0 and was in danger of getting swept in the three-game series before the comeback against Lohse, who extended his scoreless streak at home to 19 innings before getting into trouble in the eighth. The Brewers, who had three hits through the first seven innings, tied it when pinch-hitter Hernan Iribarren chased Lohse with an RBI double, Ryan Braun hit a sacrifice fly and Fielder had an opposite-field double.