Series: Game 2 of 4

Pittsburgh leads 2-0 (as of 7/12)

Game 1: Thursday, July 11
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in 10
Milwaukee 2
Game 2: Friday, July 12
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Milwaukee 2
Game 3: Saturday, July 13
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Milwaukee 3
Game 4: Sunday, July 14
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Milwaukee 5

Pirates 9

(40-49, 20-22 away)

Brewers 2

(33-57, 18-26 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 12, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: S. Lowe (3-2)

    L: G. Rusch (5-8)

    Pirates improve to 5-0 at Miller Park this season

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates don't seem to score many runs except when they play the Milwaukee Brewers.




    Brian Giles, Kevin Young and Jack Wilson kept up that trend when they each hit two-run homers to lead the Pirates to an easy 9-2 victory over the Brewers on Friday night.

    Pittsburgh is last in the majors with 326 runs scored, but against Milwaukee, especially on the road, the Pirates have just crushed the Brewers.

    The victory made the Pirates 5-0 at Miller Park this season. They have outscored Milwaukee 26-8 in those victories.

    ``They've scored some runs against us,'' Brewers manager Jerry Royster said after his team lost despite outhitting Pittsburgh 12-9. ``They don't score any runs against the rest of the league, so I can tell you we're not pitching them very good.''

    All of the Pirates' home runs came off Glendon Rusch (5-8), who fell to 0-5 lifetime against Pittsburgh. He went 4 1-3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits.

    Rusch was acquired from the New York Mets along with Lenny Harris and Alex Ochoa for Jeromy Burnitz, Jeff D'Amico, Lou Collier and Mark Sweeney in an off season trade.

    Rusch was intended to bolster the Brewers starting rotation. It hasn't worked out that way. He has more no-decisions (six) than victories and has won two in a row only twice this season.

    ``He's the stabilizer,'' Royster said. ``That's what we'd like him to be. He just showed flashes and kept giving up home runs.''

    Rusch has a no-decision and two losses to the Pirates this season.

    ``Leaving balls up that are fence high just isn't going to get the job done,'' Rusch said.

    Giles, whose 10th-inning homer beat the Brewers 3-2 on Thursday night, connected in the third. His 24th homer gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead.

    Jimmy Anderson, who got only two outs in a start July 2 against Milwaukee, left after the Brewers pulled to 3-2 on Alex Ochoa's RBI single in the third.

    Anderson is one of just five left-handers the Brewers, who are 5-16 against lefties, have managed to beat this season. Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon wasn't going to let him get beat again.

    ``He just didn't give us a chance to win,'' McClendon said. ``Tonight, he just didn't have it.''

    Young gave reliever Sean Lowe (3-2) some insurance with a two-run homer off Rusch in the fourth that made it 5-2.

    Lowe pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, struck out two and walked one, but left with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh.

    Reliever Mike Lincoln struck out Ochoa and got Jose Hernandez to ground out to end the threat.

    Wilson followed Jason Kendall's leadoff triple in the fifth with his second homer of the season, a 395-foot shot into the left-field seats.

    Pokey Reese had a run-scoring double and Kendall added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

    Craig Wilson led off the Pirates second with a double and later scored on Adam Hyzdu's groundout.

    Hernandez, who also homered Thursday night, tied it with a solo shot in the bottom half.

    Game notes

    The Pirates will announce on Saturday that RHP Bronson Arroyo will be sent to Triple-A Nashville and RHP Josias Manzanillo will be reinstated from his rehab assignment with Class A Hickory. ... Brewers 1B Richie Sexson, who led the NL in games played with 89 going into Friday's game, was not in the lineup because of left hamstring tendinitis. He is questionable for the final two games against the Pirates. ... This is the fourth of six series between Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. The Pirates are 9-2 so far. ... Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green threw out the first pitch. ... Rusch has surrendered a team-leading 18 home runs.

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