Braun Hits Two HRs as Brewers Hang on

Milwaukee's closer by committee gets first save after Gagne demotion
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 5:49 PM CDT
Milwaukee Brewers' Bill Hall slides safely past St. Louis catcher Jason LaRue during the eighth inning on Sunday, May 11, 2008, in Milwaukee. Hall scored from first on a double by J.J. Hardy.    (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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(Newser) – Ryan Braun hit a pair of solo home runs, Jeff Suppan pitched seven solid innings and the Milwaukee Brewers' new closer by committee held on for a 5-3 win over St. Louis. Suppan (2-2) gave up six hits and walked five, but struck out four to pick up the first win for a Milwaukee starter other than Ben Sheets since April 5.

With Eric Gagne out as the closer, the Brewers turned to Salomon Torres and Brian Shouse in the ninth. Torres allowed a leadoff double and a walk before giving way to Shouse with two outs. Shouse, a left-handed specialist, gave up an RBI single to Yadier Molina before finishing for his first save and fifth of his career.