Series: Game 1 of 3

Pittsburgh leads 1-0 (as of 8/23)

Game 1: Friday, August 23
Pittsburgh 6Final
Milwaukee 3
Game 2: Saturday, August 24
Pittsburgh 17Final
Milwaukee 10
Game 3: Sunday, August 25
Pittsburgh 3Final
Milwaukee 2

Pirates 6

(56-73, 28-36 away)

Brewers 3

(44-83, 26-37 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 23, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    PIT 001100400 6 - -
    MIL 020100000 3 - -

    W: M. Lincoln (1-3)

    L: J. Durocher (1-1)

    S: M. Williams (36)

    Hyzdu's grand slam keeps Pirates afloat

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

    Adam Hyzdu

    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.

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