Series: Game 2 of 3

Milwaukee leads 2-0 (as of 7/2)

Game 1: Monday, July 1
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Pittsburgh 0
Game 2: Tuesday, July 2
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Pittsburgh 6
Game 3: Wednesday, July 3
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Pittsburgh 3

Brewers 12

(31-52, 13-28 away)

Pirates 6

(36-46, 18-24 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 2, 2002

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    W: R. Quevedo (4-6)

    L: J. Anderson (6-9)

    Quevedo gets first win in over a month

    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

    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.

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