Series: Game 3 of 3

Milwaukee won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, July 1
Milwaukee 2Final
Pittsburgh 0
Game 2: Tuesday, July 2
Milwaukee 12Final
Pittsburgh 6
Game 3: Wednesday, July 3
Milwaukee 1Final
Pittsburgh 3

Brewers 1

(31-53, 13-29 away)

Pirates 3

(37-46, 19-24 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 3, 2002

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    W: J. Fogg (9-6)

    L: B. Sheets (4-10)

    S: M. Williams (24)

    Fogg, Giles help Pirates avoid sweep

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Just call Brian Giles the National League's 31st All-Star.

    Brian Giles

    Giles hit a two-run homer in the first and also made a run-saving defensive play to back Josh Fogg's effective pitching as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 Wednesday night.

    Giles, easily the Pirates' best player for a fourth consecutive season, was left off the NL All-Star team despite a .305 average, 20 homers and 49 RBI. He finished as the runner-up to Atlanta's Andruw Jones in the fan balloting for the 30th and last spot on the NL team.

    On this night, Giles very much looked like an All-Star to the two managers after hitting a two-run homer in the first and making a sliding, belly flop catch of Alex Ochoa's liner in the seventh with the potential tying run on third.

    "We kept him out of this series -- until today,'' said Brewers manager Jerry Royster, whose team won the first two games of the series. "As soon as we let him back in, he wins the game for them. Kind of like an All-Star, huh?''

    Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon blames a system that requires every team to be represented in the All-Star Game for Giles not being selected.

    "He's my All-Star,'' McClendon said. "The process leaves a lot of good people out, but he's an All-Star. It's just too bad more people don't get to see him play.''

    By winning, the Pirates avoided being swept for the third time in their last four series at PNC Park, where they had dropped nine of 11.

    The Brewers wasted their best start in weeks from Ben Sheets (4-10), who lost for the seventh time in eight decisions while again getting limited run support. Sheets struck out a career high-tying nine over seven innings and shut out the Pirates after the first, limiting them to six hits.

    But, one night after getting 18 hits in a 12-6 victory, the Brewers did little against Fogg (9-6) and relievers Brian Boehringer and Mike Williams, scoring only on Richie Sexson's run-scoring triple in the sixth -- his first RBI in 46 at-bats since June 19.

    "I really didn't think that (Giles' homer) would win the game for them,'' Sheets said. "I thought it was a really good outing. I thought I threw it where I wanted to, and you're not going to shut them out every time.''

    Fogg, who leads all NL rookies with 103 2/3 innings pitched, made his second successive strong start after losing five of seven. He allowed seven hits over six innings, and was helped when the Pirates infield turned double plays in three of the first four innings.

    Fogg gave up three singles in a span of four batters in the third, only to get out of the inning when first baseman Kevin Young turned Tyler Houston's sharply hit grounder into a double play.

    "As well as Ben pitched, their guys were just as good,'' Royster said. "The double play to Tyler was a big play. Fogg doesn't give you much and we had him on the ropes there.''

    Fogg also avoided giving up a homer for the first time in 11 starts. He had yielded 13 in his previous 10 starts and a team-high 16 in 16 starts.

    Fogg was lifted on a humid, 85-degree evening after the sixth, when Sexson's two-out drive off the left-field wall missed by several feet of carrying into the stands for a two-run homer. Giles then made his catch on Ochoa's hard-hit liner.

    In the eighth, Boehringer made another strong defensive play by dropping to his knees to grab Sexson's shot up the middle. Without getting up, he threw to first to finish up his two scoreless innings.

    Giles' homer followed Jack Wilson's one-out single and was his 20th of the season. Giles went 2-for-4 and is 8-for-10 with two homers against Sheets.

    Aramis Ramirez made it 3-1 in the bottom of the inning with his fifth homer, a one-out drive to center off reliever Ray King. All nine Pirates runs in the final two games of the series came on homers.

    Williams -- the only Pirates player picked for the All-Star Game -- finished up for his 24th save in 26 chances, matching his career high set two years ago.

    Game notes

    The Brewers were prevented from sweeping their fourth series of the season. ... Despite winning the first two games, Milwaukee is 3-13 in PNC Park. ... Sheets is 2-7 on the road. ... Pirates C Jason Kendall struck out twice for the first time this season. He had only nine strikeouts in his first 270 at-bats. ... Fogg has allowed two runs in 13 innings in winning his last two starts.

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