Giants 3

(9-12, 4-6 away)

Brewers 7

(12-10, 8-3 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 23, 2006

    Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    PHOENIX (AP) -- Dave Bush clearly has a solid grip on the final spot in the Milwaukee Brewers' rotation. Brad Hennessey's grasp on the same position with the San Francisco Giants is a bit more tenuous.

    In a meeting of probable No. 5 starters, Bush pitched six scoreless innings and the Brewers scored six runs against Hennessey in their 7-3 exhibition victory over the Giants on Thursday.

    Bush, acquired in the offseason trade sending Lyle Overbay to Toronto, has been impressive in his first spring in Milwaukee, going 2-0 with an 0.90 ERA. He already earned an official spot in the regular-season starting rotation Wednesday, and manager Ned Yost was pleased by his response.

    "We wanted him to try to go out and pitch five innings and 80 pitches, and he ended up (going) six innings and 70 pitches," Yost said. "So (he was) sharp, ready to go. ... He changes speeds so well with that breaking ball, it's almost like (Roy) Oswalt in that respect. He's got a good fastball, and then the arm speed on that breaking ball makes you think it's a fastball."

    Bush won 10 games for the Blue Jays over the last two seasons. Yost plans to go with a four-man starting rotation until two-time All-Star right-hander Ben Sheets returns from a strained muscle in his back.

    Hennessey is trying to hold off Kevin Correia and former Brewers starter Jamey Wright for the Giants' No. 5 spot, but his shaky outing dropped him to 1-1 with a 7.02 ERA in the spring. He yielded nine hits, three walks and four earned runs in 4 1-3 innings as the Brewers mounted two-run rallies in three different innings, including Gabe Gross' two-run double in the first.

    "If anything, he threw too many fastballs," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said. "He's a ground ball guy. He's still keeping the ball down better than he did last year."

    Hennessey, who went 5-8 with a 4.64 ERA in 21 inconsistent starts for the Giants last season, is expected to get one more start Tuesday in Tucson against the Colorado Rockies.

    Derin McMains, a non-roster second baseman in the Giants' minor-league camp, hit a standup triple off the wall in right field in the eighth. He also has hit three homers this spring -- more than anybody else on San Francisco's roster except Barry Bonds, who has four.

    Game notes

    Bonds didn't make the trip, but Alou expects him to play several innings Friday against Colorado. Bonds, 9-for-13 in the spring, hit his fourth homer Wednesday night. ... Yost is pleased with Gross despite his .216 average. "He's hitting a lot of balls on the nose," Yost said. ... OF Randy Winn, 3B Pedro Feliz and 1B Lance Niekro were the only probable opening-day starters in the Giants' lineup. Winn and Feliz played in San Francisco's night game on Wednesday, but didn't take a day of rest because they're still getting back in form after the World Baseball Classic.

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