Confident Wright has fourth straight solid start


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jamey Wright is finally starting to make his manager enjoy watching him pitch.

Wright pitched into the seventh inning to beat the Philadelphia Phillies for the first time in more than five years, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

Wright has gone at least six innings in all four August starts and is showing confidence and control that was missing most of the season.

"Sometimes when Jamey's out there you have to close your eyes and just wait until the hitter's done,'' Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster said. "He can give you a scare. But the fact is, if he can consistently come back like he has in his last four starts, I'll take it every time.''

Wright (5-12) allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings to beat Philadelphia for the first time since May 3, 1997, for Colorado. It was his first victory in the majors, but he never had any more luck against the Phillies in the next six starts.

The right-hander improved to 2-5 in eight career outings against Philadelphia. He struck out four, walked four and hit Pat Burrell with a pitch in the first inning.

Wright thought he had better stuff Aug. 14 when he and Brett
Myers (2-3) faced each other for the first time.

"I had a lot better stuff in Philadelphia six days ago than I
did tonight,'' Wright said.

Wright worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and
stranded two more in the second. He retired eight of his next nine
batters, the exception being Myers, who got his first major league
with a double leading off the fifth.

"He gave us opportunities,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said
of Wright. "We just didn't take advantage. You can't be that
inconsistent at this level.''

Burrell hit his career-high 30th home run in the sixth inning.
It was the season-high seventh straight game with a homer for the
Phillies, who have 14 home runs in their last 10 games.

After Burrell's homer, Wright retired the next two batters
before giving up a single to Placido Polanco and walking Marlon
Anderson. He struck out pinch-hitter Travis Lee to end the sixth.

In the seventh, Wright walked Ricky Ledee, but then picked him
off first. Royster pulled Wright after Jimmy Rollins singled.

Wright threw 103 pitches, 60 for strikes, before being relieved
by Jason Durocher.

Durocher and Luis Vizcaino held the Phillies scoreless, and Mike
DeJean preserved the win with his 20th save in 23 opportunities.

The Brewers scraped together two runs, just enough for Wright.

Jose Hernandez hit an RBI single in the fourth. Robert Machado
made it 1-0 with a run-scoring groundout in the second.

Matt Stairs walked and Hernandez singled before Mark Loretta's
sacrifice in the second inning. Stairs scored on Machado's

With one out in the fourth, Stairs doubled off Myers and scored
on Hernandez's single for a 2-0 lead.

Myers went five innings and allowed seven hits. He pitched his
first career complete game in his last start, a 4-1 victory over
Wright and the Brewers in Philadelphia six days ago.

Alex Sanchez's baserunning might have cost the Brewers a run in
the fifth when he tried to go from first to third on Eric Young's

Sanchez was out at third on a close play just before Jeffrey
Hammonds hit a double.

Game notes
Players and coaches from the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers were
honored in a 45-minute pregame ceremony. It was the first time the
'82 AL champions had been together since losing the World Series in
seven games to St. Louis. ... The game started 23 minutes late due
to the 20th anniversary festivities. ... The Brewers agreed to
terms with RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, their seventh-round draft pick this
season. ... Doubles by Bobby Abreu and Myers gave the Phillies 244
two-base hits, best in the NL. ... A young girl standing on the
third-base side of the lower level was struck on the side of the
head by a foul ball off the bat of Phillies pinch-hitter Travis
Lee. She received medical attention before walking to her seat five
rows from the field.