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Big seventh inning sparks Bush, Brewers past Pirates

Aug 23, 2008 - 4:15 AM By Dave Cotey PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Dave Bush's dramatic turnaround continues.

The righthander won for the sixth time in eight decisions on Friday, tossing seven strong innings as the Milwaukee Brewers posted a 10-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Corey Hart, J.J. Hardy and Mike Cameron drove in two runs apiece as the Brewers beat the Pirates for the 10th straight time at home.

"You can't take this club (Pittsburgh) lightly at all," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We still have eight games with these guys. Good teams keep the pedal to the metal, especially at this time of year, against everybody they play. They're all the same; they're all capable of beating you every single night."

Bush (8-9) moved closer to the .500 mark after starting the season 0-4. Since dropping to 2-7 with a loss to the Minnesota Twins on June 13, he has shown marked improvement, tossing at least seven innings in eight of 11 starts.

"That's exactly what he's been doing the last eight to 10 starts, give up one or two in the first inning and then get into mow-down mode where he gets one right after the other," Yost said. "He did it again tonight. He's really got his season turned around."

In this one, Bush allowed three runs, seven hits and one walk. His two strikeouts, however, were the fewest in his last eight starts.

"I'm throwing more ground balls and definitely pitching better," Bush said. "I'm trying to be a little more relaxed and a little more comfortable with what I know I can do, try not to do to much. It's going out there each time and trying to stay consistent."

The Brewers spotted Bush a 3-2 lead with a three-run fourth inning against Zach Duke (4-12). Hart's two-run double was the big blow, while Bill Hall added a sacrifice fly.

But the offense really came to life three innings later - and when the extra-base hits came, they kept on coming. Rickie Weeks tripled in a run in the seventh, and Hardy and Ryan Braun followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to kick off the offensive onslaught.

Cameron capped the scoring with a two-run homer, his 22nd, as Milwaukee won for the 12th time in 16 games.

"We didn't pitch well," Pirates manager John Russell said. "They got some hits, squeaked a couple down the line, but they swung the bats well."

Hardy belted his second shot in as many games in the fifth, becoming the third shortstop in Brewers history to hit 20 home runs twice.

"We don't miss mistakes when (Duke) is pitching," Hardy said. "That's bad luck for him. There's a lot of other pitchers that we'll miss their mistakes."

Duke lost his eighth straight decision dating back to June 9, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings. He fell to 3-4 lifetime against the Brewers and has not beaten Milwaukee since Sept. 11, 2006.

"The sad thing about this game is it's one of my better outings in this park," Duke said. "They are a good team and they're hungry right now. They can smell the finish line."

Brandon Moss homered for the Pirates, who have lost six of eight and 13 of 19.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 9 2
    MILWAUKEE 0 0 0 3 1 0 6 0 x 10 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - ZACH DUKE, DENNY BAUTISTA (7TH), SEAN BURNETT (7TH), T.J. BEAM
    (8TH) AND RYAN DOUMIT, RAUL CHAVEZ (7TH)
    MIL - DAVE BUSH, ERIC GAGNE (8TH), SETH MCCLUNG (9TH)

    Aug 22 10:48 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAUL CHAVEZ SCORED FREDDY SANCHEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R CHAVEZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 4
    MILWAUKEE 10 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: AD LAROCHE (.266, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Pirates 4, Brewers 10  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 22 10:26 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE CAMERON (22) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF SEAN BURNETT SCORED COREY HART.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3, MILWAUKEE 10
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: B HALL (.221, 0-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Pirates 3, Brewers 10  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 22 10:15 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY PRINCE FIELDER SCORED RYAN BRAUN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    MILWAUKEE 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: C HART (.287, 1-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Pirates 3, Brewers 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 22 10:12 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY RYAN BRAUN SCORED J.J. HARDY.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R BRAUN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    MILWAUKEE 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: P FIELDER (.271, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Pirates 3, Brewers 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 22 10:08 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY J.J. HARDY SCORED RICKIE WEEKS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HARDY ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    MILWAUKEE 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: R BRAUN (.300, 1-FOR-3)

    Pirates 3, Brewers 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 22 10:04 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY RICKIE WEEKS SCORED LAYNCE NIX.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R WEEKS ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    MILWAUKEE 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: J HARDY (.278, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Pirates 3, Brewers 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 22 10:03 PM
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    Pirates 3, Brewers 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 22 9:55 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRANDON MOSS (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF DAVE BUSH.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3, MILWAUKEE 4
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: AN LAROCHE (.180, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 3, Brewers 4  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 22 9:46 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY J.J. HARDY (20) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF ZACH DUKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2, MILWAUKEE 4
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: R BRAUN (.300, 1-FOR-2)

    Pirates 2, Brewers 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 22 9:27 PM
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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BILL HALL SCORED COREY HART.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M CAMERON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    MILWAUKEE 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: J KENDALL (.252, 1-FOR-1)

    Pirates 2, Brewers 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 22 9:08 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY COREY HART SCORED RYAN BRAUN AND PRINCE FIELDER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C HART ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    MILWAUKEE 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: M CAMERON (.246, 1-FOR-1)

    Pirates 2, Brewers 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 22 9:04 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ZACH DUKE SCORED JACK WILSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Z DUKE ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    MILWAUKEE 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: N MORGAN (.160, 1-FOR-1)

    Pirates 2, Brewers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 22 8:26 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 1 1 2 0
    MILWAUKEE 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - ZACH DUKE
    MIL - DAVE BUSH

    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: R WEEKS (.229, 10 HR, 36 RBI)
    J HARDY (.278, 19 HR, 59 RBI)
    R BRAUN (.300, 31 HR, 86 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Brewers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 22 8:12 PM
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