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Quevedo gets first win in over a month

7/3/2002

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Losing to a pitcher who had won only once all
season was bad enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Losing a night later to a
pitcher who had only one hit all season was even worse.

Ruben Quevedo limited Pittsburgh to three runs over 6 2-3
innings and drove in three runs -- more than he had previously in
his career -- as the Milwaukee Brewers batted around twice in
beating the Pirates 12-6 Tuesday night.

Quevedo's pitching was effective enough, but it was his hitting
that was the real surprise. He came into the game hitting .038 this
season and had only two career RBI in three seasons before
contributing a two-run single to a five-run Brewers first and
another RBI single in the fifth.

One night after the Brewers were held hitless by Kip Wells until
the eighth inning of a 2-0 victory, they had 18 hits, one off their
season high. Ryan Thompson also drove in three runs with a
run-scoring single in the first and a two-run triple in another
five-run inning in the eighth.

The Brewers sent 10 batters to the plate in each of their big
innings, with leadoff hitter Eric Young making two of the three
outs in each inning.

After losing nine in a row to Pittsburgh and going 1-12 in PNC
Park over two seasons, the Brewers -- who have the NL's worst record
-- got effective pitching and sufficient hitting to win there on
consecutive nights. Jamey Wright pitched a three-hitter Monday for
only his second victory in eight decisions.

''We have some good hitters, but you don't see a lot of games
like tonight,'' Thompson said. ''This was exceptional. This was
fun. It was an enjoyable game. I look forward to a couple of more
like this. It eases a lot of tensions.''

Pirates pitchers had yielded five runs in 35 innings, only to
watch Jimmy Anderson (6-9) give up that many runs in two-thirds of
an inning -- the shortest start of his four-year career.

Each of the nine Brewers batters to face Anderson reached base,
with the two outs coming on a force play and when Young was thrown
out trying to stretch a leadoff single into a double. Anderson gave
up five singles and walked three, including Jose Hernandez and
Robert Machado in succession with the bases loaded to drive in two
runs.

''The walks killed me,'' Anderson said. ''The worst part was,
after coming out of there so quickly and putting the team down 5-0,
I had to sit there and watch the mess I made out.''

Previously, Anderson had lasted at least five innings in 15 of
his previous 16 starts.

''He just didn't have it,'' manager Lloyd McClendon said. ''He
couldn't find the plate and, when he did, they got bloop hits.''

Quevedo (4-6) chased Anderson with a ball down the line that got
by first baseman Kevin Young and stopped in short right field to
make it 5-0. Before that, Quevedo was 1-for-26 with 16 strikeouts.

''I got a couple of good pitches to hit, so I thought I'd swing
and see what happens, and I got good results,'' Quevedo said.
''You've got to be lucky sometimes.''

It was an uncharacteristic offensive outburst against a
left-handed starter for the Brewers, who were 4-16 against lefties
and had lost nine of their previous 10 against them.

''We got some big hits from the guys we need to get big hits
from against left-handers, such as (Alex) Ochoa and Thompson,''
manager Jerry Royster said. ''It was nice to see because we've had
no success against left-handers.''

All of the Pirates' runs in their 10th loss in 14 games came on
homers. Jack Wilson hit a two-run homer in the first -- his first
homer since Aug. 16 -- while Abraham Nunez and Kevin Young hit solo
shots. Adam Hyzdu hit a two-run homer in the ninth in his first
at-bat this season.

It was also the first homer of the year for Nunez.

Pirates second baseman Pokey Reese was lifted with a strained
muscle in his left side in the second inning. He will be evaluated
Wednesday.

Game notes
Brewers RHP Ben Sheets opposes the Pirates on Wednesday for
the first time since touching off a fight by hitting Aramis Ramirez
with a pitch April 17. Ramirez has been bothered all season by a
sprained ankle that occurred when he charged the mound that day.
... The Pirates have lost nine of their last 11 at home and now are
18-24 there. ... Pirates reliever Ron Villone has allowed eight
runs in 1 1-3 innings in his last two appearances. ... The Brewers'
18 hits were one short of their season high 19 on May 31 against
San Diego.