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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Brewers Shut Out by Pirates

Milwaukee's Doug Davis (9-10) has failed to win in 13 starts dating to June 22. The left-hander walked four and gave up two hits in the five-run first.

The Brewers have lost three consecutive games since ace Ben Sheets tore a back muscle, a season-ending injury.

Davis, who leads the NL with 82 walks, had trouble with his control in the first. He retired the first two batters, but walked Jason Bay and Craig Wilson.

Ryan Doumit singled for a 1-0 lead, and Davis then walked Brad Eldred and Ty Wigginton, scoring Wilson.

Jack Wilson then doubled, clearing the bases for a 5-0 lead.

"He didn't have any trouble getting the first two hitters out," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "We're talking about a third of an inning that killed us."

Davis said pitching coach Mike Maddux told him to stop overthrowing and throwing across his body in the middle of the first inning.

"I just got out of whack a little bit, mechanics weren't there," he said. "Stupid mistake. It doesn't seem like I ever learn from it. Thirty-three pitches to get one out."

Over the next six innings, the Pirates managed only three singles without a walk against Davis. He pitched seven innings, giving up five runs and five hits, walking four and striking out eight.

Tomo Ohka (9-7) will face Mark Redman (5-14) on Wednesday.


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