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PITTSBURGH 3, MILWAUKEE 1

5/22/2004

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Struggling to score runs, the Pittsburgh
Pirates got creative.

The Pirates broke a tie by scoring twice without a hit in the
sixth inning to beat Ben Sheets and the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1.

"We battled away and got some runs on him. Sometimes you have
to bunt people over or steal some bases, whatever," said Rob
Mackowiak, who stole second and third base in the sixth for the
Pirates, who are 12th in the National League in runs scored.

"It's not the greatest way to do it, but it got the job done."

Pittsburgh, a major league-worst 6-12 at home, won consecutive
home games for the first time this season and improved to 4-0
against Milwaukee.

Craig Wilson opened the sixth inning with a walk and was forced
out at second on a grounder by Mackowiak, who stole second base and
then third as Jason Bay was walked. Bay took second base on a wild
pitch, and Abraham Nunez's groundball to second scored Mackowiak.

"I was just trying to be aggressive," said Mackowiak, who has
five stolen bases.

Sheets then fielded a grounder by Tike Redman and threw the ball
over first baseman Lyle Overbay's head and into the stands for an
error, scoring Bay.

"I was just trying to make a play and threw it away," Sheets
said. "The leadoff walk ... I walked two guys in that inning,
which is very frustrating, but you've just got to try and keep
pitching."

Added Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon: "We'll take them any
way we can get them. The stolen bases, you have to pick and choose
your spots, and to this point we haven't been very good at it. But
that can't deter us from staying aggressive on the basepaths."

Josh Fogg (2-4) allowed one run into the seventh inning and
retired 13 of 14 batters before being lifted after allowing
consecutive singles to start the seventh inning.

"He changed speeds very well, kept us off-balance with his
offspeed stuff," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

Fogg struck out two and walked two while winning his second
consecutive start.

"Against a guy like Sheets, throwing 94 mph with a great curve
ball, you knew we were in for a battle," Fogg said. "We did a
great job getting on base and stealing some bases. It's the type of
game we have to play to get to the bullpen, which has been great
all year."

Sheets was coming off an 18-strikeout performance against
Atlanta last Sunday and allowed eight hits and struck out three in
seven innings.

Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 13
opportunities after John Grabow and Salomon Torres each pitched one
inning of relief.

The Pirates also turned three double plays. After inheriting two
runners in the seventh, Grabow got pinch-hitter Brady Clark to
ground into a double play and induced Chad Moeller to fly out to
right. Torres allowed a leadoff single by pinch-hitter Bill Hall in
the eighth but got Scott Podsednik to ground into a double play.

"My motto lately has been to keep it simple and let my defense
do the rest," Torres said. "It's a plus when you've got extra
confidence in your defense."

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Moeller
doubled to left field with two outs, scoring Geoff Jenkins, who
singled to lead off the inning. Moeller was hitless in 10 at-bats.

Pittsburgh tied the game in its half of the second, as Mackowiak
and Bay began the inning with singles before Mackowiak scored on
Redman's grounder to short.
^Notes:@ The Pirates have turned a double play in 11 consecutive
games, turning 17 in that span ... Mackowiak has hit safely in 10
of his last 12 games ... Jason Kendall singled twice and has a
10-game hitting streak ... The Brewers are 9-21 all-time at PNC
Park. ... Pittsburgh left nine men on base.