Series: Game 4 of 4

Pittsburgh won 4-0

Game 1: Friday, July 2
Game 2: Friday, July 2
Game 3: Saturday, July 3
Game 4: Sunday, July 4

Brewers 2

(41-38, 20-21 away)

Pirates 6

(36-43, 18-22 home)

    1:35 PM ET, July 4, 2004

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    MIL 010001000 2 12 1
    PIT 10010400 - 6 7 0

    W: S. Burnett (2-2)

    L: C. Capuano (3-4)

    S: J. Mesa (20)

    Stynes drives in three against Brewers

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers are one of the few teams all season to say this: They couldn't wait to get out of Pittsburgh.

    Chris Stynes broke out of a season-long slump by driving in three runs with a homer and two-run double and the Pirates ran their longest winning streak since 1996 to nine games, beating the Brewers 6-2 Sunday.

    Stynes hit his first homer since Sept. 3, when he played with Colorado, and had a go-ahead two-run double in a four-run sixth inning. Stynes began the game with a .209 average and only 13 RBI in 139 at-bats.

    "It felt good to finally do something," Stynes said. "It's been a long year for me. But the important thing was to win the game ... and keep this going."

    Jack Wilson also hit a solo home run as the Pirates extended their longest winning streak since they won 11 in a row Sept. 12-22, 1996. They went 7-0 at home against St. Louis and Milwaukee, their first unbeaten homestand of that length since August 1998.

    Jose Mesa got the last two outs for his 21st save in 22 chances, striking out both batters he faced. The Brewers had 25 hits in the final two games of the four-game series, 12 Sunday, but scored only five runs.

    "We're close, but we're getting singles with two outs instead of maybe leading off an inning with it. We're not getting the walks to go with the hits," said Lyle Overbay, who doubled and scored twice. "It seems like we can't get anything going."

    Pittsburgh was the majors' worst road club much of the season, but has won seven in a row after winning only nine of its first 28 in PNC Park.

    "We've got to get out of here, get this behind us and move on," said Brewers manager Ned Yost, whose team lost 3{ games in the NL Central standings in four days.

    The Brewers are one of the few clubs that can't win regularly in Pittsburgh -- besides the Pirates, of course. Milwaukee is 1-8 against Pittsburgh this season and is 10-25 in PNC Park.

    "They're in our division, so we're going to have to figure out a way to beat them," Overbay said.

    The Pirates' nine-game streak came barely two weeks after they lost nine in a row June 5-15 amid one of their worst losing stretches since the 1950s, 14 losses in 15 games. They dropped from one game over .500 to 12 under during that slide.

    "But I said three weeks ago I thought our starting pitching could pick us up and get us out of this rut, and it's been outstanding since then," manager Lloyd McClendon said.

    Pirates starting pitchers are 7-1 with a 2.39 ERA over the last 12 games, lasting at least six innings in every start.

    Sean Burnett (2-2) gave up nine hits in six innings but worked out of trouble often enough to outpitch Chris Capuano (3-4) in a matchup of rookie left-handers. Burnett has won two straight starts since going winless in his first three major league starts, allowing three earned runs in those two winning starts.

    Burnett struck out four and walked none, while Capuano gave up six hits and six runs in 5 1-3 innings, walking two.

    The Brewers tied it at 2 in the sixth against Burnett when Overbay doubled and scored on Brady Clark's single. But the Pirates took the lead back when Stynes followed Tony Alvarez's leadoff single and Craig Wilson's walk with a double to left-center.

    After Tike Redman singled to bring on reliever Matt Wise, Jose Castillo's single scored Stynes and Redman came home on pinch-hitter Randall Simon's groundout.

    Jack Wilson's solo homer, his eighth, came in the first and Stynes had a two-out drive in the fourth.

    Game notes

    The seven-game home winning streak is the Pirates' longest since they moved into PNC Park in 2001. ... Pittsburgh has won 10 of 12 overall. ... Milwaukee went 5-5 on a road trip to Minnesota, Colorado and Pittsburgh that started 5-1. ... Pirates LF Alvarez went into deep left-center to make an excellent sliding catch of Overbay's long drive in the eighth -- five innings after he ran face-first into the stands along the left field foul line while failing to catch Overbay's foul fly. ... Stynes' Sept. 3 homer in San Francisco was the only one of his 11 homers last season he didn't hit in Coors Field.

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