Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Pittsburgh leads 1-0 (as of 4/15)

Game 1: Monday, April 15
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Milwaukee 1
Game 2: Tuesday, April 16
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Milwaukee 1
Game 3: Wednesday, April 17
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Milwaukee 2

Pirates 6

(7-5, 5-1 away)

Brewers 1

(3-10, 1-3 home)

8:05 PM ET, April 15, 2002

Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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W: K. Wells (2-1)

L: G. Rusch (1-1)

Brown, Wells lead Pirates over Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon was happy to see his offense finally get going.

Brian Giles homered, and Adrian Brown drove in three runs as Pittsburgh beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 Monday night before the smallest crowd ever at Miller Park.

"Guys are starting to come around," said McClendon, whose team entered with an NL-worst .212 batting average. "They're starting to get in the groove a little bit. Certainly we're not the '61 Yankees, but we are capable of scoring some runs and I think we will."

The game drew 14,090 to the retractable-roof stadium, which opened last year. The previous low was 23,311 on April 7 for the Brewers' previous home game, the finale of a three-game series against Arizona.

Milwaukee dropped to 3-10 for the first time since 1972.

"These guys have a lot of pride in what they're doing, or not doing for that matter," Milwaukee manager Davey Lopes said. "But I'm still behind them. These are my guys. They're going to turn it around."

Kip Wells (2-1), who lowered his ERA from 11.37 to 6.94, allowed one run and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

"You try to not get too high and not get too low," Wells said. "This is a marathon, not a sprint. Not any one of them counts more than the other."

Glendon Rusch (1-1) gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings and struck out five. Rusch, who had six career RBIs in 82 at-bats entering the season, has four in eight at-bats this season, fourth-highest on the Brewers.

"Was it a quality start? Yes," Lopes said. "Was he satisfied with that start? I'm pretty sure he'll say no."

Pittsburgh, which had lost four of its previous five, went ahead on Jack Wilson's RBI double in the second. Brown hit a two-run single in the fourth, but Rusch's run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom half pulled the Brewers to 3-1.

"I've been struggling early on," said Brown, who raised his average from .139 to .171. "It feels real good. I've just got to keep swinging the bat and good things will happen. Try not to put too much pressure on myself and just go out and play the game." Giles homered in the eighth off Jose Cabrera. Brown and Pokey Reese had RBI singles in the ninth against Mike Buddie.

Game notes


Pirates starters have gotten decisions in all 12 games this season. ... Rob Mackowiak struck out in the eighth, leaving Pittsburgh pinch-hitters 0-for-15. ... The Brewers played their first home game of the season with the roof open. ... Pittsburgh

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