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Pirates' Redman baffles Brewers with first career shutout

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PITTSBURGH -- His manager was convinced after only one pitch that Pirates left-hander Mark Redman would have an exceptional game.

Brewers starter Victor Santos didn't need many more pitches than that to know it would be a tough night.

Redman pitched his first shutout in 135 major-league starts to finally win after a long run of excellent but unsuccessful outings, and Jose Castillo's two-run double carried Pittsburgh past Milwaukee 2-0 Saturday night.

Redman retired 15 in a row during his four-hitter, allowing only one runner to reach second base. It was his second consecutive complete game, but his first win since beating Milwaukee on April 12.

He struck out five and walked none to lower his ERA to 2.44. He is 5-1 with a 1.53 ERA in six career starts against Milwaukee.

"He nailed it right where he wanted to," manager Lloyd McClendon said of Redman's first-pitch fastball to leadoff hitter Brady Clark, "and I said to (bench coach) Pete Mackanin, 'It's going to be a special night.'"

Redman (2-3) laughed upon hearing that, saying, "Maybe he spotted something I didn't see. I was just trying to get quick outs ... especially after the fifth inning when we had the lead."

Milwaukee had won three in a row and 11 of 14 to close within 3½ games of NL Central leader St. Louis, and had outscored Pittsburgh 38-15 while going 3-0 in PNC Park. The Pirates had dropped four straight at home and were an NL-worst 3-10 there, but still won for the eighth time in 11 games overall.

They did so with little offense -- something not unaccustomed to Redman, who saw the Pirates score only 12 runs while he was on the mound in his first seven starts. This time, the Pirates left the bases loaded in each of the first three innings before Castillo chased Santos (1-3) with his none-out double in the fifth.

Daryle Ward singled and Rob Mackowiak doubled for his 13th hit in 26 at-bats to start the fifth. After Castillo doubled, Santos was lifted after throwing 85 pitches, only 45 for strikes, even though he has allowed only seven earned runs in his last four starts.

"When you dodge it three times, you know it's going to be trouble the fourth, but everything happened so fast there," manager Ned Yost said.

The Pirates had loaded the bases with two outs in each of the first three innings, only to have Castillo (fly out in the first), Jason Bay (ground out in the second) and Redman (strikeout in the third) fail to come through.

Working out of so much trouble quickly built up Santos' pitch count, and he wound up matching his shortest start of the season.

"That was a bad day," Santos said. "I didn't really have anything going for me. I just made a big pitch with the bases loaded three times."

By contrast, Redman allowed only four runners and now has given up three runs or fewer in each of his eight starts, even though he was 0-3 in his previous five starts. He lost a complete-game 2-1 decision Monday to the Giants despite finishing with five shutout innings.

The Brewers threatened only once. Damian Miller, back in the lineup after missing two games with a minor arm injury, doubled with two outs in the second but was stranded when Jeff Cirillo popped out.

"I'm still trying to figure it out," Lyle Overbay said of Redman's success against Milwaukee. "He gets ahead and then throws a changeup. There's no secret -- if you swing at bad pitches he doesn't have to throw you a good one."

Yost was more complimentary, saying Redman can be confounding because he throws his changeup at three to four different speeds.

"We have a hard time figuring him out," Yost said.

Notes

  • On a night the Pirates gave away souvenir umbrellas, the start was delayed for 1 hour, 4 minutes because of the threat of rain, though nothing more than a light mist ever fell. It was raining much harder by game's end.
  • The Brewers were 11-26 in PNC Park before this season.
  • Redman won his 50th career game. He is 50-54 in seven seasons with the Twins, Tigers, Marlins, Athletics and Pirates.
 
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Despite being just 2-3 this season, Pittsburgh's Mark Redman has a stellar 2.44 ERA.  (AP)
Despite being just 2-3 this season, Pittsburgh's Mark Redman has a stellar 2.44 ERA. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

M. Redman
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
Pittsburgh

J. Castillo
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4000000 .329
Junior Spivey, 2B4020000 .252
Geoff Jenkins, RF4000012 .250
Carlos Lee, LF3010000 .257
Lyle Overbay, 1B3000021 .337
Damian Miller, C3010000 .290
Jeff Cirillo, 3B3000001 .222
J.J. Hardy, SS3000010 .174
Victor Santos, P1000010 .000
    Julio Santana, P1000000 .000
    Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
    Wes Obermueller, P0000000 .200
   a- Bill Hall, PH1000000 .284
Totals30040054 
a-flied out for Obermueller in the 9th
Batting
2B - Damian Miller (7, Redman)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Cirillo-Spivey-Overbay
Milwaukee Brewers
Victor Santos (L,1-3) 4722420 3.18
Julio Santana 2000010 5.40
Jorge De La Rosa 1100000 3.55
Wes Obermueller 1100010 3.72
HBP - Bay (by Victor Santos)
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 85-45, Julio Santana 19-13, Jorge De La Rosa 14-8, Wes Obermueller 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 4-6, Julio Santana 3-2, Jorge De La Rosa 3-0, Wes Obermueller 1-0
Batters Faced - Victor Santos 24, Julio Santana 6, Jorge De La Rosa 4, Wes Obermueller 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Lawton, RF5010001 .273
Jack Wilson, SS3010100 .177
Jason Bay, LF3000013 .305
Daryle Ward, 1B4120002 .275
Rob Mackowiak, 3B2110100 .319
Jose Castillo, 2B4022004 .333
Tike Redman, CF4010002 .136
David Ross, C3000121 .228
Mark Redman, P3010114 .167
Totals312924417 
Batting
2B - Matt Lawton (10, Santos), Jack Wilson (3, Santos), Daryle Ward (6, De La Rosa), Rob Mackowiak (5, Santos), Jose Castillo (2, Santos)
SH - Rob Mackowiak (1)
RBI - Jose Castillo 2 (7)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Mackowiak-Ward
Pittsburgh Pirates
Mark Redman (W,2-3) 9400050 2.44
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 113-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 9-12
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 30
Game Information
Attendance - 21772
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Brian Knight