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Brewers notch third win in row, maintain 3 1/2-game NL Central lead

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- A conversation with pitching coach Mike Maddux helped Dave Bush remember what makes him a special pitcher. Opposing batters are paying the price.

Corey Hart and Ryan Braun homered, Bush pitched six strong innings and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Monday night.

Two months ago, Bush and Maddux talked. They agreed to let Bush go back to what worked for him in the past.

"When I was struggling, you try to find something to work for you," said Bush, who led the staff with 12 wins in 2006. "I was unfulfilled after outings because I wasn't really approaching the hitters the way I wanted to, win or lose."

Through May 25, Bush was 3-5 with a 6.13 ERA. He's since turned things around; he hasn't allowed more than four runs in any of his last eight starts. He's lowered his ERA to 4.84.

"Little more aggressive, little more comfortable, being able to just try to pound the strike zone, move the ball around, mixed looks, not necessarily show the same look two outs in a row, that's probably most of it," Bush said of his adjustments.

Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said that Bush, who was 2-0 in two starts against Arizona last season, has been tough in the past.

"He can elevate the ball, he comes kind of from a funky arm angle where he elevates from," Melvin said. "He sinks it. He cuts it. He has a good curve ball. (He) threw enough change-ups, just very unpredictable. It's tough to get a pattern from him and sit on anything."

After Bush (8-7) gave up a leadoff homer to Chris Young, Hart and Braun rescued him in the bottom of the first.

Hart started the Brewers' first by hitting Micah Owings' second pitch deep to left-center for his 13th home run, tying the game. J.J. Hardy followed with a single and Braun, the next batter, hit his 14th homer for a 3-1 lead.

It was the first time two leadoff men have homered in the same game since April 23 when Houston's Craig Biggio and Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins did it.

Bush went six innings, allowing three runs and five hits. He struck out three and improved to 5-1 over his last six appearances, including his first career relief victory on June 27 against Houston.

"We really needed that sort of effort out of him," Brewers manager Ned Yost said as his team won their third straight and remained 3½ games ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.

The Diamondbacks lost their season-high sixth straight on the road. They've lost nine of their last 10 away from Phoenix.

Francisco Cordero struck out the side with his slider in the ninth for his major league-leading 29th save in 32 chances.

"Why would you change?" Cordero said, explaining his strategy. "They kept chasing it."

Mark Reynolds connected off Bush with two out in the Diamondbacks' fourth for a solo home run, cutting Milwaukee's lead to 3-2.

Prince Fielder's RBI double off Owings in the fifth got the run back for Bush, who settled down after Reynolds' seventh homer and retired the next seven batters before being chased with no outs in the seventh.

Stephen Drew hit a leadoff homer and Reynolds singled to end Bush's night. Brian Shouse took over and protected the 4-3 lead.

Owings (5-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. The rookie right-hander struck out three and walked one, but still lost his fourth straight start. His last victory was June 20 against Tampa Bay.

"He's a resilient kid," Melvin said. "You talk about all the struggles and so forth. It's not like he just goes out there and gets to a certain level and then just implodes. It's not the nature of the kid."

The Brewers' victory helped take some of the sting away from losing ace Ben Sheets, who went on the 15-day disabled list earlier Monday because of a sprained finger on his throwing hand. The right-hander, who turns 29 on Wednesday, was injured Saturday during his start against Colorado.

Notes

  • After the game, the Diamondbacks called up OF Jeff DaVanon from Triple-A Tucson and sent down OF Jeff Salazar.
  • Johnny Estrada snapped an 0-for-13 stretch with a single in the fourth.
  • With Sheets on the DL and reliever Chris Spurling on the bereavement list due to a family emergency, Milwaukee summoned left-hander Manny Parra and right-hander Grant Balfour from Triple-A Nashville.
  • Braun made a throwing error in the first and fielding miscue in the third. "Those are plays we got to make," Yost said.
 
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Dave Bush guns down his eighth win, putting him over .500 for the first time this season.  (AP)
Dave Bush guns down his eighth win, putting him over .500 for the first time this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

D. Bush
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 0
K 3
Arizona

C. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4121011 .238
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000100 .292
Eric Byrnes, RF4000023 .307
Chad Tracy, 1B4000014 .266
Conor Jackson, LF4000002 .262
Stephen Drew, SS4111010 .239
Mark Reynolds, 3B4121020 .277
Miguel Montero, C3000010 .239
Micah Owings, P2000000 .179
   a- Augie Ojeda, PH1000001 .371
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
Totals3335318  
a-grounded out for Owings in the 7th
Batting
HR - Chris Young (14, Bush), Stephen Drew (5, Bush), Mark Reynolds (7, Bush)
SH - Miguel Montero (1)
RBI - Chris Young (32), Stephen Drew (32), Mark Reynolds (26)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds (11)
SB - Eric Byrnes (20, 2nd base off Bush/Estrada)
Team LOB - 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings (L,5-5) 6744132 4.92
Juan Cruz 1000120 3.09
Doug Slaten 1000020 2.52
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 87-52, Juan Cruz 21-12, Doug Slaten 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 5-10
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 26, Juan Cruz 4, Doug Slaten 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF4111002 .299
J.J. Hardy, SS4220011 .275
Ryan Braun, 3B4112022 .347
Prince Fielder, 1B4011020 .282
Johnny Estrada, C4010001 .284
Geoff Jenkins, LF4000011 .255
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF2000100 .278
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000012 .217
Dave Bush, P2010002 .161
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH0000100 .232
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals3147427  
a-walked for Shouse in the 7th
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (15, Owings), Prince Fielder (23, Owings)
HR - Corey Hart (13, Owings), Ryan Braun (14, Owings)
RBI - Corey Hart (37), Ryan Braun 2 (38), Prince Fielder (72)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (22)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Ryan Braun 2 (11, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush (W,8-7) 6533033 4.84
Brian Shouse (H,11) 1000000 2.70
Derrick Turnbow (H,24) 1000120 3.46
Francisco Cordero (S,29) 1000030 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 101-65, Brian Shouse 9-5, Derrick Turnbow 18-10, Francisco Cordero 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 10-7, Brian Shouse 2-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 25, Brian Shouse 3, Derrick Turnbow 4, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36381
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Bob Davidson