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Hyzdu's grand slam keeps Pirates afloat

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Adam Hyzdu knew what was coming from Jayson
Durocher: a 96-mph heater.

But Hyzdu hit it for a grand slam and the Pittsburgh Pirates
once again beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-3 Friday night.

"If I had that fastball, I'd throw it a lot, too,'' Hyzdu said.
"The good news is you know what's coming. The bad news is that
it's hard to hit. But it worked out well this time.''

The Pirates are 13-4 against Milwaukee this year, including a
7-1 record at Miller Park.

Durocher (1-1) got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning
in relief of starter Glendon Rusch, but wasn't so fortunate in the
seventh while trying to protect a 3-2 lead.

Jason Kendall singled, Brian Giles walked and Aramis Ramirez was
hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Durocher struck out
Craig Wilson and Warren Young, but Hyzdu then hit his 10th homer of
the season and second career slam.

"Sometimes you're the hero and sometimes you're the goat,''
Durocher said. "I'll learn from this and next time I'll be the
hero.''

The Brewers preferred to praise Hyzdu for his hit rather than
dwell on their pitchers, who issued nine walks and hit two batters.

"It comes down to the one pitch, but another factor in the
inning was the hit batsman,'' Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster said.
"But give the guy credit, he hit a 96-mph fastball. ... We were
one pitch from getting out of it.''

In the sixth, Durocher relieved Rusch with the bases loaded and
one out, ending the threat with a popup and strikeout.

Mike Lincoln (1-3) pitched one scoreless inning for the victory.
Mike Williams pitched the ninth for his 36th save the night after
ending a streak of 16 straight saves in a loss at St. Louis.

Milwaukee took a 2-0 against Bronson Arroyo in the second.
Richie Sexson walked, Jose Hernandez singled and Mark Loretta had
an infield single, which shortstop Jack Wilson threw away to allow
one run to score. Jorge Fabregas added a sacrifice fly.

Pokey Reese doubled to start the Pirates third and later scored
on a grounder by Giles. The Pirates tied it in the fourth on Craig
Wilson's 12th homer.

Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a single by Matt
Stairs and an RBI double by Loretta.

"It was like a playoff atmosphere tonight,'' Rusch said. "It
was a tremendous effort by (Durocher), but they just came out on
top this time.''

Which has happened most of the season when the Brewers have
played the Pirates.

"Some teams just have your number,'' Rusch said.

Game notes
Sexson singled in the eighth to end a 0-for-15 slump. ...
Fabregas is hitless in 14 at-bats since joining the Brewers as part
of a trade that sent OF Alex Ochoa to Anaheim. ... Jack Wilson left
the game in the fourth inning with a strained neck. He said he
injured it in pre-game stretching when he bumped heads with Craig
Wilson. ... Warren Young's double was his first extra-base hit
since he doubled Aug. 11 at San Francisco. ... Milwaukee CF Alex
Sanchez, who didn't start because of disciplinary reasons, entered
the game in the seventh.