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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have won four straight games by one run, and manager Ned Yost knows it's been because of the pitching.
Three relievers held the Arizona Diamondbacks scoreless over the final four innings Tuesday night and the Brewers held off the Diamondbacks 3-2.
It was the Brewers' fourth straight win, all by the same margin. The streak ties a franchise record for most consecutive one-run wins, which has been accomplished six times, most recently May 14-18, 2006.
Over the four victories, the bullpen has given up one run over 16 2/3 innings, a 0.54 ERA.
"Our pitchers have been doing a fantastic job. You really have to take your hat off to them," Yost said. "We just been scoring enough runs to win and our pitching has made sure it has stood up."
Claudio Vargas (7-2), making his first start against his former team, gave up two runs and five hits in five innings for the Brewers on Tuesday.
Brian Shouse pitched the sixth while Carlos Villanueva worked the seventh and eighth innings, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the latter by striking out Miguel Montero. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 30th save.
It was the third straight game Cordero got a save and he started this winning streak by getting the win on Saturday. Before that appearance, his last save was on June 20.
"You go 20 days without a save and then all of sudden you pitch four days in row," Cordero said. "That's the way this game goes."
Cordero had 16 saves for the Brewers in 2006 after being traded to Milwaukee by the Texas Rangers in July.
"It's been a lot of fun so far," he said. "The way we are playing right now, there are going to be a lot of save opportunities the rest of the season."
Milwaukee is 9-0 when Vargas starts at Miller Park this season, and Vargas is 5-0 there. Vargas was traded to Milwaukee in the offseason along with catcher Johnny Estrada in a six-player deal that sent left-hander Doug Davis to Arizona.
Yost said Vargas was doing just enough to get wins.
"He keeps you in the game," Yost said. "For a fifth starter, a lot of clubs would jump up and take him."
The loss was the seventh straight on the road for the Diamondbacks, who wasted a solid performance from Yusmeiro Petit (1-2), who was making his third start in place of injured starter Randy Johnson. He gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings.
"We need to put ourselves in a position where we score five or six (runs) and give our guys on the bump a little breathing room," Arizona first baseman Tony Clark said. "The options are to quit or find a way tomorrow to get the job done. I would like to think we're resilient enough to find a way to get the job done."
Damondbacks manager Bob Melvin was not available to comment after the game.
Eric Byrnes had three hits for the Diamondbacks, including two doubles.
Byrnes and Chad Tracy had RBI singles for Arizona in the first.
Estrada's run-scoring double brought the Brewers within 2-1 in the second. Estrada's hit came one pitch after Montero could not catch a foul ball near the Brewers' dugout and was charged with an error.
Tony Graffanino led off the fourth with his seventh home run to make it 2-2. With one out, Tony Gwynn doubled down the right field line. He advanced to third on Vargas' third hit of the season and scored on Corey Hart's sacrifice fly.
|Claudio Vargas (7-2) throws five solid innings in his first start against his former teammates. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jeff DaVanon, RF||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.200|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||1||0||.292|
|Eric Byrnes, LF||5||1||3||1||0||0||2||.311|
|Tony Clark, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.227|
|Chad Tracy, 3B||2||0||1||1||2||0||1||.269|
|Augie Ojeda, PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.371|
|Chris Young, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||5||.235|
|Stephen Drew, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.240|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.234|
|Yusmeiro Petit, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Juan Cruz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Doug Slaten, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Conor Jackson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Tony Pena, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mark Reynolds, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.276|
|a-struck out for Slaten in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Lyon in the 9th|
|2B - Eric Byrnes 2 (18, Vargas, Villanueva)|
|SH - Yusmeiro Petit 2 (2)|
|RBI - Eric Byrnes (51), Chad Tracy (31)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chad Tracy (15)|
|SB - Eric Byrnes 2 (22, 2nd base off Vargas/Estrada, 2nd base off Vargas/Estrada)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Hudson-Drew-Clark|
|E - Miguel Montero (6, Dropped fly)|
|Yusmeiro Petit (L,1-2)||5||8||3||2||3||2||1||3.22|
|IBB - Gwynn by Yusmeiro Petit|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 85-48, Juan Cruz 22-12, Doug Slaten 3-3, Tony Pena 14-9, Brandon Lyon 11-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 4-8, Tony Pena 2-0, Brandon Lyon 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 25, Juan Cruz 5, Doug Slaten 1, Tony Pena 4, Brandon Lyon 3|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||0||0||1||0||2||2||.295|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.275|
|Ryan Braun, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.339|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||1||2||0||1||0||3||.286|
|Johnny Estrada, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.284|
|Tony Graffanino, 2B||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.251|
|Geoff Jenkins, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.255|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., CF||2||1||1||0||2||0||1||.283|
|Claudio Vargas, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.120|
|Brian Shouse, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Craig Counsell, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.236|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|b- Gabe Gross, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for Shouse in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Villanueva in the 8th|
|2B - Prince Fielder (24, Petit), Johnny Estrada (20, Petit), Tony Graffanino (6, Petit), Geoff Jenkins (13, Pena), Tony Gwynn Jr. (3, Petit), Craig Counsell (9, Cruz)|
|HR - Tony Graffanino (7, Petit)|
|SF - Corey Hart (2)|
|RBI - Corey Hart (38), Johnny Estrada (35), Tony Graffanino (21)|
|SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (7, 2nd base off Petit/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Claudio Vargas (W,7-2)||5||5||2||2||3||2||0||4.47|
|Brian Shouse (H,12)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.59|
|Carlos Villanueva (H,14)||2||1||0||0||2||5||0||3.31|
|Francisco Cordero (S,30)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.56|
|IBB - Tracy by Claudio Vargas|
|Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 100-60, Brian Shouse 10-5, Carlos Villanueva 41-23, Francisco Cordero 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 9-4, Brian Shouse 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 23, Brian Shouse 3, Carlos Villanueva 9, Francisco Cordero 4|
|Attendance - 32540|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|