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