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Brewers can't touch Pirates' Duke, finish at .500

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Zach Duke and the youthful Pittsburgh Pirates showed some promise in 26 games playing for Pete Mackanin, but it wasn't enough for the interim manager to be considered for the job permanently.

After Duke and the Pirates defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 Sunday, Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield said that Mackanin will not be interviewed for the full-time job.

"Pete is not under consideration for the managerial job," Littlefield said.

The Pirates finished 12-14 under Mackanin and won five of their final six games.

Mackanin, who took over for the fired Lloyd McClendon Sept. 6, left the clubhouse before Littlefield told reporters that the Pirates would be looking for a new manager.

"I think we showed a lot of potential," Mackanin said. "There's a young nucleus in place to pick and choose from."

They finished the season 67-95 for their 13th straight losing season, the longest streak in the majors and one ahead of Detroit. The big-league record is 16, set by the Philadelphia Phillies from 1933-48.

Duke (8-2) allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings to win his 20th game overall this season -- he was 12-3 with Triple-A Indianapolis before his recall July 2.

"Duke does what we expected him to do every time out there," Mackanin said. "He wasn't as sharp as he has been, but he got some double plays when he needed them to get out of trouble and got some good defense behind him."

The Brewers lost their final two games of the season, yet still finished 81-81, their first non-losing season since going 92-70 in 1992.

Neither franchise has had a winning campaign since 1992 -- the longest active streaks in the majors. The Pirates also defeated Milwaukee on Saturday.

"We just kind of ran out of steam offensively these last two games," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We ran into a couple good pitching performances."

The Brewers loaded the bases in the first five pitches of the game with three singles, but got only one run after Geoff Jenkins grounded into a double play.

It was one of three double plays Milwaukee hit into.

"The double play was my best friend today, as always," Duke said.

The Brewers were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, getting a run when Brady Clark scored on Carlos Lee's grounder. It was Lee's team-high 114th RBI, but was all Duke gave up despite posting only one 1-2-3 inning.

Mike Gonzalez pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Salomon Torres struck out the final two batters for his third save.

All three Pittsburgh runs came on home runs in the fourth off Chris Capuano (18-12).

Craig Wilson hit a solo homer and rookie Nate McLouth had a two-run shot. He homered three consecutive game earlier in the week.

"Cappy gave us everything he had," Yost said. "He didn't make a real good pitch to McLouth and that was the difference in the game."

Notes

Pirates 2B Freddy Sanchez ended the season with a 17-game hitting streak, a career-high and the longest by a Pittsburgh player this season. ... The Brewers won the season series, 9-7, going 4-4 at PNC Park.... The Pirates and Brewers will meet in the next regular-season game for both teams, April 3 in Milwaukee to open the 2006 season.
 
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Pittsburgh

N. McLouth
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

B. Clark
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4120001 .306
J.J. Hardy, SS3030000 .247
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010003 .276
Carlos Lee, LF4011011 .265
    Nelson Cruz, LF0000000 .200
Geoff Jenkins, RF4000033 .292
Bill Hall, 3B3020002 .291
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000113 .239
Chad Moeller, C3000002 .206
   a- Prince Fielder, PH1000011 .288
Chris Capuano, P2000011 .169
    Justin Lehr, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000001 .298
    Gary Glover, P0000000 .100
Totals321911718 
a-struck out for Moeller in the 9th
b-fouled out for Lehr in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (39, Duke)
SH - J.J. Hardy (8)
RBI - Carlos Lee (114)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Lee 1
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Overbay, Lee-Weeks
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (L,18-12) 5.1733332 3.99
Justin Lehr 0.2000000 3.89
Gary Glover 2200010 5.57
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 107-67, Justin Lehr 5-4, Gary Glover 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-6, Justin Lehr 1-1, Gary Glover 2-3
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 24, Justin Lehr 2, Gary Glover 8
Pittsburgh Pirates
Freddy Sanchez, 2B-3B4010000 .291
Jack Wilson, SS4020000 .257
Jason Bay, LF1010000 .306
    Michael Restovich, PR-LF2000010 .235
   a- Rob Mackowiak, PH-LF1000001 .272
Craig Wilson, RF3111110 .264
Brad Eldred, 1B3000111 .221
Ronny Paulino, C3120100 .500
Jose Bautista, 3B4010014 .143
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .500
Nate McLouth, CF3112003 .257
Zach Duke, P2000001 .143
   b- Tike Redman, PH1000000 .251
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Jason Furmaniak, 2B0000000 .192
Totals313933410 
a-flied out for Restovich in the 7th
b-grounded out for Duke in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jack Wilson (24, Glover), Jason Bay (44, Capuano), Jose Bautista (1, Capuano)
HR - Craig Wilson (5, Capuano), Nate McLouth (5, Capuano)
RBI - Craig Wilson (22), Nate McLouth 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth 2 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Eldred-Duke, J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-Eldred, F. Sanchez-J. Wilson-Eldred
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (W,8-2) 7811130 1.81
Mike Gonzalez (H,15) 1.1100020 2.70
Salomon Torres (S,3) 0.2000020 2.76
HBP - Hall (by Mike Gonzalez)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 91-58, Mike Gonzalez 19-13, Salomon Torres 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 10-6, Mike Gonzalez 1-0
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 28, Mike Gonzalez 5, Salomon Torres 2
Game Information
Attendance - 23008
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Dusty Dellinger, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Adam Dowdy