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Monday, September 11, 2006

Brewers Lose To Pirates 3-4



From Sportsline.com:

Zach Duke is showing the form he had in 2005.

Duke tied a season-high with seven strikeouts in eight innings, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Monday night.

"I felt like I was on top of the ball the whole time," Duke said. "It's definitely a good feeling to go out there and get the win."

Duke (9-13) was 8-2 with a 1.81 ERA in 14 starts last season, but this season his ERA was at 5.51 July 24.

He has allowed only 21 earned runs in 67 2/3 innings since, a 2.79 ERA. Against the Brewers, he allowed two runs, five hits and two walks, pitching at least six innings for his ninth straight start.

"It was a very efficient game for him tonight," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said. "He's very capable of getting groundballs. The sinker his last two outings is probably the sinker they saw around here last year. It's been very deep, and guys either swing over the top of it or rolling over it and hitting it into the ground."

Duke had won only one of his previous eight starts -- despite allowing three runs or fewer five times in than span.

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