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Brewers fall to White Sox; hang onto half-game lead

The Milwaukee Brewers kept their half-game lead in the National League Central division, despite losing to the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Sunday at Miller Park.

The St. Louis Cardinals blew a chance to take the division lead, after falling at Cleveland 3-0 last night.

Trevor Hoffman took the loss for Milwaukee, as he gave up his first run of the year.

The score was tied when Hoffman started the ninth with a streak of 18 straight scoreless innings, which tied the Brewers' record set by Earl Stephenson in 1972.

But A.J. Pierzynski ruined the string with a run-scoring single that scored pinch-runner Clayton Richard.

Hoffman fell to 0-1. Matt Thornton got the win in relief to go 4-1. Corey Hart homered twice for Milwaukee, and Casey McGehee went 3-4 with a homer and two runs scored. Pierzynski went 3-5, ex-Brewer Scott Podsednik went 2-5, and Mark Buehrle hit his first career homer, the first by a Sox pitcher in almost three years.

The White Sox have won two straight, while Milwaukee ended 1-5 home-stand and has lost six of its last seven.

The Brewers continue Interleague play tonight in Cleveland.

Right-hander Dave Bush goes against Indians' right-hander Carl Pavano. In the Indians' win over St. Louis Sunday, Cliff Lee no-hit the Cardinals until the eighth inning.