Brewers, Bush shut down Angels
Bush (2-5) allowed one run and seven hits over 7 1/3 innings in his longest outing of the season. It was the right-hander’s first victory in 10 starts since winning at Pittsburgh on April 20.
Bush struck out only one, but he allowed no walks and retired 15 of 17 during one stretch. He is just 4-10 in 20 starts since June 4, 2009, when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Florida’s Hanley Ramirez and missed two months with a tear in his right triceps muscle.
Maicer Izturis, who drove in the Angels’ run with a double that chased Bush, started at shortstop for the fourth time this season and in the leadoff spot for the sixth time in place of the injured Erick Aybar.
Aybar, who left Monday night’s 12-2 loss with a hyperextended left knee after a hard takeout slide by Casey McGehee, had an MRI exam that revealed some damage. His status will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Ervin Santana (6-5) threw 103 pitches over five innings, allowing six runs and 10 hits. He also lasted only five innings in his previous outing, a 6-1 loss at Oakland, after winning five consecutive starts.
Bush had a 2-0 lead before he threw his first pitch. Ryan Braun singled with two out, and Fielder homered to left-center on a 3-1 count for his 13th of the season.
The Brewers extended the lead to 6-0 in the second on Alcides Escobar’s bases-loaded infield hit and Hart’s bases-loaded double into the left-field corner. Escobar scored Milwaukee’s final run in the eighth on Francisco Rodriguez’s second wild pitch of the inning.
Hart has 35 RBIs over his last 30 games and 47 for the season, one fewer than he had last season in 419 at-bats.
Fielder increased his RBI total to 26. Nine of his previous 10 came on solo home runs. He is only 10 for 62 with runners in scoring position.
Notes: Torii Hunter was thrown out trying to steal third base in the seventh with his team down by six runs. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, making his seventh start behind the plate, has nabbed three of seven runners who have tried to advance .... The Angels activated third baseman Brandon Wood from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Rafael Rodriguez to Triple-A Salt Lake. Wood had been sidelined since May 24 because of a hip flexor strain. He was batting .156 with two homers and seven RBIs in 122 at-bats at the time of his injury. ... Bush made his third career start against the Angels and his first since July 28, 2005 with Toronto, when he held them to a run and five hits over 8 1-3 innings before the Blue Jays won 2-1 in 18 innings.
Last updated: 2:04 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012