Series: Game 1 of 3

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 8/2)

Game 1: Friday, August 2
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Florida 0
Game 2: Saturday, August 3
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Florida 11
Game 3: Sunday, August 4
Milwaukee 2Final
Florida 7

Brewers 1

(39-70, 17-39 away)

Marlins 0

(53-56, 32-25 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 2, 2002

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: J. Wright (4-10)

    L: J. Tavarez (7-9)

    S: M. DeJean (18)

    Brewers silence Marlins to snap losing skid

    MIAMI (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers got 10 hits, stranded 12 runners and scored only one run. Still, they weren't that frustrated.

    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.''

    Game notes

    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.

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