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Brewers’ home woes continue

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Associated Press
May 12, 2010
— Say this much for the Milwaukee Brewers: They’ve been very gracious hosts this year.

The light-hitting Atlanta Braves come to town, and the Brewers—owners of the league’s worst home record—make their offense look unstoppable.


Troy Glaus homered for the second straight night, Eric Hinske drove in three runs and the Braves pounded out a season-high 16 hits in an 11-3 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday.


“That’s fun to get that many runs,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “Relax a little bit once in a while.”


It wasn’t fun or relaxing for the Brewers, who slipped to 4-10 at Miller Park. After Atlanta’s 8-2 victory Monday, the Braves go for the sweep this afternoon.


Two more sluggish outings at home came as a surprise to Brewers starter Dave Bush (1-3), who thought the team was beginning to hit its stride after road series wins at Los Angeles and Arizona.


“I would say it’s disappointing overall to come back home and lose a couple bad games,” Bush said. “I think we all felt like we had a little more momentum going, that we had figured things out a little bit.”


The offensive outbursts could not come soon enough for a Braves team that already is feeling some pressure after a slow start to the season.


“We know it’s now, the time is now,” Hinske said. “We have got to do something to turn it around, and I think these last two games are a good indicator of what is hopefully to come. This is momentum for us. This is feel-good. We all kind of take a deep breath and (say), ’OK, we’re fine.”’


Braves starter Tim Hudson (3-1) kept pitching his way out of trouble and came inches shy of hitting a home run himself in the fifth. He didn’t think it had a chance at first, but the ball bounced off the top of the wall for a double.


“I remembered what stadium I was in, and I was thinking, ‘Man, it might have a chance,’ ” Hudson said. “Then I saw it hit the top of the wall and bounce in.”


Hudson allowed a run and six hits in six innings, tying a career high with six walks. He got out of bases-loaded situations in the second and third.


“Hudson knows what he’s doing out there,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said. “He’s not going to give in to you.”


Milwaukee was without slugger Ryan Braun, who was hit on the left elbow by a pitch in Monday night’s loss and is day to day. Third baseman Chipper Jones was a late scratch from the Braves’ lineup because of a sore groin.


Alcides Escobar had two hits and an RBI for Milwaukee, snapping an 0-for-17 skid.


Bush, meanwhile, didn’t see anything wrong with Atlanta’s offense.


“You see a team put up almost 20 runs in two games, I would say they’re all right,” Bush said.


Bush gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings, and the Brewers’ bullpen fell apart after that.


Trailing 6-1, the Brewers pushed across two runs in the seventh, but Escobar lined out with runners on second and third to end the inning. Jones’ replacement, Brooks Conrad, homered leading off the eighth and the Braves went on to score four in the inning.


Notes


n The Brewers promoted LHP Chris Capuano to Triple-A Nashville as he continues to make progress in his recovery from his second Tommy John elbow surgery.


n The Braves announced they will retire Tom Glavine’s No. 47 and induct the left-hander into team’s Hall of Fame.


n Milwaukee reliever Carlos Villanueva hit Brian McCann with a pitch in the eighth.



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