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Sunday, July 17, 2005

3 Out of 4 Ain't Bad!



Brewers manager Ned Yost had no problems with Tomo Ohka's outing.

Ohka pitched seven strong innings against his former team, leading Milwaukee over the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday.

Ohka (6-4) was acquired by Milwaukee for infielder Junior Spivey on June 10, a week after he was fined for turning his back to Frank Robinson when the Nationals' manager went to the mound to pull the right-hander. On Sunday, Robinson declined to comment on Ohka.

But Yost had only high praise for Ohka, who picked up his first win since he defeated Tampa Bay in his Milwaukee debut on June 14 -- a span of five starts.

"He was very sharp," Yost said. "He kept his fastball down and moved it in and out. He had real good command of all his pitches. His cutter was outstanding and his changeup and splitter were very good. He kept them way off balance. He pitched a great ballgame."

Ohka allowed four hits and three runs, struck out six and did not walk a batter in his first start since July 6. It was just his second career victory in 13 starts in July.

Derrick Turnbow pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 21 opportunities.

The Brewers will open a 4-game series in St. Louis Monday versus the Cardinals. The starters will be Victor Santos (2-9) and Matt Morris (10-2).

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