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Friday, June 23, 2006

Brewers Beat Royals 7-2

From Sportsline.com:

Dave Bush pitched the Milwaukee Brewers back to .500.

Bush worked effectively into the eighth inning and Geoff Jenkins drove in three runs to lead Milwaukee past the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Friday night.

Corey Koskie homered for the Brewers and Bush (5-6) earned his second victory since May 12. He scattered nine hits, struck out eight and walked none in 7 1/3 innings.

"I gave up a lot of hits, but I was keeping the ball down so most of the hits were on the ground -- groundball singles," Bush said. "I was able to get out of a couple of jams, make pitches when I needed to."

Jenkins, who popped out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday to snap his six-game hitting streak, had a two-run double in the first and a run-scoring single in the third.

"Jenks had a big night," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "His numbers against right-handers are over .300. He's been one of our hottest hitters."

Koskie hit his 10th home run in a three-run first. Jenkins' two-out, opposite-field double scored Prince Fielder, who had walked, and Bill Hall, who had singled.

"Anytime you get three runs even before you go out there is a big help, and they tacked on a couple of more a couple of innings later," Bush said. "That lets me relax."

Bush's eight strikeouts were one shy of his season high.

"Most of them I was able to expand the zone," Bush said. "I was ahead in the count and I was able to work the pitches the way I wanted to. When you throw your fastball for strikes, your curveball is more effective. I don't have anything particularly overpowering. I know that and I think everybody else knows that. I try to throw strikes and keep the ball moving. I had good movement and a good sinker."

Hall, who had two hits and a walk, scored three runs for the Brewers, who have won five of seven to even their record at 37-37. The Royals had their season-best four-game winning streak snapped.

"We get to that .500 mark and have been stepping on our feet a little bit and going back a couple of games," Jenkins said. "Hopefully, we can get over that hump."

The Brewers were last over .500 on May 29, when they were 26-25.


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