Series: Game 1 of 3

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 8/16)

Game 1: Friday, August 16
Milwaukee 10Final
Pittsburgh 3
Game 2: Saturday, August 17
Milwaukee 0Final
Pittsburgh 5
Game 3: Sunday, August 18
Milwaukee 2Final
Pittsburgh 3

Brewers 10

(43-78, 18-44 away)

Pirates 3

(52-70, 26-37 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 16, 2002

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    W: B. Sheets (7-14)

    L: J. Fogg (11-8)

    Hernandez's three-run homer powers Brewers

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers rebounded from one of their worst offensive performances with one of their best.

    Jose Hernandez

    Jose Hernandez hit a three-run homer and the Brewers handed the Pittsburgh Pirates their seventh straight loss, 10-3 Friday night.

    The Brewers had 15 hits in their first game since scoring just two runs on 14 hits in a three-game series in Philadelphia.

    "I can't explain it at all,'' Manager Jerry Royster said. "That's us. It's just amazing. I know the guys were pretty embarrassed by yesterday's game. It's good to see them come back.''

    The Brewers were shut out for seven innings on four hits in Philadelphia on Thursday by Joe Roa, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 1997. After that game, Milwaukee hitting coach Gary Matthews said Roa shouldn't have lasted five innings.

    The Pirates, in a season-high losing skid, have allowed at least 10 hits in six consecutive games. They are a season-worst 18 games under .500 (52-70).

    "It all starts with starting pitching,'' Pirates Manager Lloyd McClendon said. "If you don't get good starting pitching, it's an uphill battle and that's what it's been for the last week.''

    The Brewers were leading 2-0 in the third inning when Mark Loretta and Lenny Harris singled off Josh Fogg (11-8). Richie Sexson then added an RBI single before Hernandez hit an 0-1 pitch over the center-field fence for his 22nd homer and a 6-0 lead.

    Fogg allowed nine hits and eight runs --six earned -- in 5 1/3 innings despite striking out 10. He walked three.

    "Josh was good when he kept the ball down,'' McClendon said. "He had a lot of trouble when he left balls up in the strike zone. This outing was hard to figure. He struck out 10 and he got hit hard. You normally don't see that.''

    Ben Sheets (7-14) has won consecutive starts for just the second time this season. He pitched the first seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits.

    Sheets has frequently been the victim of poor run support but the Brewers put him ahead in the first inning and then padded the lead.

    "That was awesome,'' Sheets said. "We jumped out early and really stayed on them the whole game. It was definitely fun to watch.''

    First baseman Kevin Young made two errors on the same play to help Milwaukee to a pair of unearned runs in the first. Alex Sanchez opened the game with a single and stole second. He went to third when Young mishandled Harris' grounder and scored on Young's wild throw. Matt Stairs had an RBI single to make it 2-0.

    Robert Machado, who had three hits, doubled in the sixth and scored on Sanchez's triple. Pinch-hitter Izzy Alcantara hit his second home run leading off the ninth. Machado added an RBI single, in the ninth.

    Rob Mackowiak homered in the third for Pittsburgh, his 14th. Pokey Reese had an RBI single in the seventh, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

    Left fielder Brian Giles, who leads the Pirates with 30 home runs and 78 RBI, left the game in the fifth with a strained right calf. He said he expects to miss two or three games.

    "It's been bothering me for a couple of weeks but this is the first time I felt like I couldn't go,'' he said.

    Giles said he noticed the muscle tightening up when he tried to steal third base in the fourth inning.

    "I had the base stolen but I was halfway to third when I felt it and I had to slow down,'' he said.

    Game notes

    Pirates catcher Jason Kendall got his 1,000 career hit in the sixth inning. ... The Brewers batted .155 (14-for-90) in Philadelphia and had two extra base hits in the series. ... Milwaukee is 3-13 in road games since the All-Star break. ... Sheets also won consecutive starts May 4 and 9, defeating Florida and the Chicago Cubs. ... Sheets had been 0-2 in four starts against Pittsburgh this year. ... The Pirates have also lost nine of 10. ... Fogg's 10 strikeouts were a personal best and a season high for a Pirates pitcher. ... Pirates LH Jimmy Anderson made his first relief appearance, pitching the last two innings. He was dropped from the rotation after losing to St. Louis on Tuesday. He had made 74 consecutive starts since his last relief outing on July 2, 2000.

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