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Bush, Brewers complete sweep

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Associated Press
September 30, 2010
— Dave Bush needed a moment to think about it: One of his best outings of the season or an RBI single off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey?

“I guess today they’re equal,” Bush said. “Without it I wouldn’t get a win.”


Either way, they were both big.


Bush’s run-scoring single in the third inning was all the support he needed because he pitched six-plus innings of three-hit ball. Ryan Braun added a two-run double and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the New York Mets, 3-1, on Wednesday night to complete a doubleheader sweep.


Prince Fielder’s RBI single and Carlos Gomez’s hustle in the eighth inning of the first game rallied the Brewers for an 8-7 win after they squandered a six-run lead.


“For us to come back is definitely a sign of our character and resiliencey, especially at this time of year,” Braun said.


With closer John Axford unavailable because he saved the opener, Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth inning of the nightcap for his first save since notching No. 600 on Sept. 7. The career saves leader was perfect for 601, his 10th of the season in 15 chances.


“Doesn’t get much better than that—a secondary closer that’s the best of all time,” Braun said.


After New York tied a franchise record by using eight pitchers in a nine-inning game in the opener of the twi-night doubleheader, Dickey (11-9) gave up six hits in seven baffling innings. The Mets used 12 pitchers in all, with three making an appearance in both games.


New York (77-81) must win its final four games to avoid a second straight losing season, and they’ll have to do it without Carlos Beltran. The All-Star centerfielder was told Wednesday to sit out the remainder of the season because an MRI showed he has mild inflamation in his surgically repaired right knee.


Gomez had very diffferent experiences on the basepaths in the two games. In the opener he helped tie it by walking, stealing and advancing to third on rookie catcher Mike Nickeas’ errant throw. He scored on Corey hart’s tapper off Manny Acosta (3-2) between the mound and third base to tie it at 7 with two outs in the eighth.


Reckless in the nightcap, Gomez had three hits but was thrown out twice on the bases.


The Brewers scored their first run in the second game when Alicedes Escobar tripled leading off the third and scored an out later on Bush’s single to right. Braun had a two-out, two-run double off Sean Green after Pedro Feliciano gave up a hit and hit a batter to start the eighth.


Feliciano gave up the tying run in the opener and two runs in the finale. His two appearances gave him 91 for the season. The last pitcher to appear in more than 90 games was Salmon Torres in 2006 with the Pirates.


Bush (8-14) allowed a single to Angel Pagan with one out in the first then didn’t give up another hit until Dickey singled with two outs in the fifth. Jose Reyes, who had a triple and two doubles in the opener, followed with a hit but Pagan grounded out to end the threat.


Bush was pulled after allowing a leadoff walk in the seventh.


Just several hundred fans were in the stands at Citi Field for the high-scoring early innings of the opener of the doubleheader made necessary by a rainout Monday. The teams combined for 20 hits and 13 runs in the first four innings.


The Brewers scored six times in the third.


Carlos Villanueva (2-0) pitched an inning for the win and Brewers closer Axford, who gave up the winning hit Tuesday, pitched the ninth for his 23rd save. Four Brewers pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Yovani Gallardo.



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