MIAMI (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers got 10 hits, stranded 12
runners and scored only one run. Still, they weren't that
Jamey Wright pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, and
Ronnie Belliard hit an RBI single as the Brewers snapped a
three-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Florida
Marlins on Friday night. "How many games have we lost like that?'' Milwaukee manager
Jerry Royster said. "That's been the story of our season. That one
has been written so many times. Tonight we were able to overcome
those things because of good pitching.'' Wright (4-10) gave up two drag bunt singles and struck out four.
Luis Vizcaino struck out the side in the eighth, and Mike DeJean
finished the three-hitter for his 18th save in 21 opportunities. "When I got through the first I was really excited and felt I
was going to have a good night,'' Wright said. Belliard's two-out RBI single off Julian Tavarez (7-9) in the
fourth gave the Brewers the only run they needed. Jeffrey Hammonds
doubled and scored on Belliard's hit. Tavarez has lost a career-high five straight. Wright was also aided by double plays in the second and sixth
innings to escape jams. He finished his outing by striking out Luis
Castillo with two out and two on in the seventh. Earlier in the seventh, Florida's Eric Owens attempted to steal
third with one out but was thrown out by catcher Robert Machado.
Andy Fox, who was at bat when Owens was thrown out, followed with a
single. "When you're safe, you're great, when you're out you're the
goat,'' Owens said. The Marlins have been shut out in three of their last four
losses. "We had a couple of opportunities and couldn't get it done,''
Florida first baseman Derrek Lee said. "We let him off the hook.
There is no excuse for that. Those are the pitchers we have to take
advantage of, and tonight we didn't do it.'' Milwaukee's last shutout was a three-hitter by Wright on July 1,
at Pittsburgh. "This is a nice win for Jamey,'' Belliard said. "He really
just needed to keep the ball in play and let his defense help him
out.'' Royster credited Wright's sinker for shutting down the Marlins. "That's a good sinkerball pitcher staying with it,'' Royster
said. "He stuck with his sinker and he kept throwing strikes. He
trusted that pitch tonight. He didn't try to blow people away and
that was the big thing. When he's effective, it's because he trusts
his sinker.'' The Brewers could have broken the game open in the sixth but
Tavarez escaped a two-out, bases-loaded jam when plate umpire Greg
Gibson ruled Wright swung at a 2-2 inside fastball as he was
avoiding getting hit by the pitch. Tavarez could have been ejected had he hit Wright after being
warned by Gibson for hitting Richie Sexson with a pitch in the
fourth. Tavarez also hit Jose Hernandez with a pitch in the second. He
has hit 13 batters this season, one behind NL leader Kerry Wood. "You lose a game like that and you look for the good things
that happened,'' Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said. "You have to
look at what the pitching staff has done. You're doing something
good to keep it so close.''
LF Lenny Harris, who leads the Brewers with 15 pinch-hits,
had his first multihit game of the season. Harris singled in the
first and seventh innings. ... Wright made his first start of the
season against an NL East team. Wright's previous start against an
Eastern Division team was in August 2001, when he faced
Philadelphia. ... The of 5,167 was the second-lowest of the season.
The Marlins drew 4,466 against Montreal on April 11. ... The
Marlins have gone five consecutive games without a home run, their
longest streak of the season.