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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Brewers Avoid Sweep With 4-0 Win

From Sportsline.com:

With five wins since Aug. 1, including a five-hit shutout on Sunday, Dave Bush is probably pitching as well as he ever has.

Bush struck out a season-high 10 in his third career shutout, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros.

"It just seems like each start he is getting better and better," Brewers center fielder Brady Clark said, citing Bush's recent "swagger" on the mound. "The confidence has built up. He is confident in his stuff, and he is confident in his ability to locate his pitches."

It was the second shutout this season for Bush (11-10), who has three complete games this year and six in his career.

The right-hander walked none and allowed only one runner past second base. He struck out two batters each in the first, third and fifth, and fell one strikeout shy of his career high as he threw 85 of his 116 pitches for strikes.

"He was lights out from the first pitch on," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "He was very, very sharp."

And the Astros' hitters noticed.


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