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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Brewers Lose 1-3, Finish at .500

The Brewers lost their final two games of the season, yet still finished 81-81, their first non-losing season since going 92-70 in 1992.

Neither franchise has had a winning campaign since 1992 -- the longest active streaks in the majors. The Pirates also defeated Milwaukee on Saturday.

"We just kind of ran out of steam offensively these last two games," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We ran into a couple good pitching performances."

The Brewers loaded the bases in the first five pitches of the game with three singles, but got only one run after Geoff Jenkins grounded into a double play.

It was one of three double plays Milwaukee hit into.

"The double play was my best friend today, as always," Duke said.

The Brewers were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, getting a run when Brady Clark scored on Carlos Lee's grounder. It was Lee's team-high 114th RBI, but was all Duke gave up despite posting only one 1-2-3 inning.

Mike Gonzalez pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Salomon Torres struck out the final two batters for his third save.

All three Pittsburgh runs came on home runs in the fourth off Chris Capuano (18-12).

Craig Wilson hit a solo homer and rookie Nate McLouth had a two-run shot. He homered three consecutive game earlier in the week.

"Cappy gave us everything he had," Yost said. "He didn't make a real good pitch to McLouth and that was the difference in the game."


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