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L.A. Angels
W: D. Bush (2-5) L: E. Santana (6-5)
HR: MIL - P. Fielder (13)   ANA - None

Brewers 7, Angels 1

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The most productive player in the Milwaukee Brewers' lineup so far hasn't been Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun. It's none other than Corey Hart -- who wasn't even a regular player when the season began.

Hart hit a three-run double to lead the Brewers to a 7-1 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. He has 35 RBI over his past 30 games and 47 for the season, one fewer than he had last season in 419 at-bats. He is tied with teammate Casey McGehee in that department, and leads the club with 17 home runs -- four more than Fielder.

"Obviously, if I'm leading the team in home runs and RBIs, it just means those guys aren't hot yet," said Hart, who had a career-high 91 RBI for the Brewers in 2008. "The fact that their best hasn't been there yet is a good sign for us."

Manager Ken Macha is proud of the way Hart has battled his way back into a regular role.

"It's quite a story in itself," Macha said. "He had a miserable spring training. He didn't know whether to wear glasses or contacts. There were a lot of reports that he was being traded, and he was not the opening day right fielder. So credit him and Dale [hitting coach Dale Sveum]. They've been working very hard, and it's paying off. As a matter of fact, today was like the first day he hasn't been out there for extra BP."

Hart is getting a great deal of satisfaction over the way things have worked out.

"I was disappointed because I felt like I earned the right not to lose that spot because of a bad spring. But it's motivated me to push harder to get that spot back," Hart said. "I told Ken I was going to keep working to earn it back. I feel like I have, and I'm not stopping."

Dave Bush (2-5) allowed one run and seven hits over 7 1/3 innings in his longest outing of the season. It was the right-hander's first victory in 10 starts since winning at Pittsburgh on April 20.

"It's been a while," said Bush, who was staked to a 2-0 lead with Fielder's home run before he threw his first pitch. "It's been a tough stretch and it's been frustrating, but I've just tried to keep plugging along and keep working at what I'm doing. I had a lot of decent outings in the interim, but it's hard to feel completely satisfied unless we win."

Bush struck out only one, but did not walk a batter and retired 15 of 17 during one stretch. He is only 4-10 in 20 starts since June 4, 2009, when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Florida's Hanley Ramirez and missed two months with a tear in his right triceps muscle.

"I threw a lot of strikes, used my fastball down in the zone and got a lot of ground-ball outs," he said. "And I tried to stay out of patterns. Pitching to contact gives you quick outs, but it also puts me in counts that are to my advantage. Knowing that everyone is going to put the ball in play, it's a lot better when the count is in my advantage."

Maicer Izturis, who drove in the Angels' run with a double that chased Bush, started at shortstop for the fourth time this season and in the leadoff spot for the sixth time in place of the injured Erick Aybar.

Aybar, who left Monday night's 12-2 loss with a hyperextended left knee after a hard takeout slide by McGehee, had an MRI exam that revealed some damage. A club spokesman said his playing status will be re-evaluated on Friday.

Ervin Santana (6-5) threw 103 pitches over five innings, allowing six runs and 10 hits. He also lasted only five innings in his previous outing, a 6-1 loss at Oakland, after winning five consecutive starts.

"When I got to two strikes tonight and I tried to finish them off with my slider, it was not working," Santana said. "There's nothing I can do but keep focused and keep working hard."


Torii Hunter was thrown out trying to steal third in the seventh with his team down by six runs. Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy, making his seventh start behind the plate, has nabbed three of seven runners who have tried to advance.... Fielder increased his RBI total to 26. Nine of his previous 10 came on solo home runs. He is only 10 for 62 with runners in scoring position. ... The Angels activated 3B Brandon Wood from the 15-day disabled list and optioned RHP Rafael Rodriguez to Triple-A Salt Lake. Wood had been sidelined since May 24 because of a hip flexor strain. He was batting .156 with two home runs and seven RBI in 122 at-bats at the time of his injury.

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Players of the Game

P. Fielder
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

D. Bush
IP 7.1
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 1

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Prince Fielder, 1B3112201 .263
Casey McGehee, 3B5000026 .269
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Team LOB - 10
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Dave Bush (W,2-5) 7.1711010 4.67
Kameron Loe 0.2000010 0.90
John Axford 1000110 3.00
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Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 96-62, Kameron Loe 9-5, John Axford 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 11-8, Kameron Loe 1-0, John Axford 1-1
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Maicer Izturis, SS4011000 .233
Howard Kendrick, 2B4010001 .273
Bobby Abreu, RF4000012 .258
Torii Hunter, CF3010000 .285
Hideki Matsui, DH3010102 .265
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Mike Napoli, C4000022 .249
Juan Rivera, LF4010002 .243
Kevin Frandsen, 1B3120001 .377
Brandon Wood, 3B3000002 .152
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RBI - Maicer Izturis (15)
CS - Torii Hunter (6, 3rd base by Bush/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 6
E - Mike Napoli (6, Interference)
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Scot Shields 2100020 6.23
Francisco Rodriguez 2111140 0.87
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WP - Francisco Rodriguez 2 (2)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 3-6, Scot Shields 3-1, Francisco Rodriguez 2-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 28, Scot Shields 7, Francisco Rodriguez 9
Game Information
Attendance - 37484
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Laz Diaz