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Bush keeps Cubs at bay long enough for win

Bush keeps Cubs at bay long enough for win

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MILWAUKEE — Dave Bush took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 Wednesday night and stop a three-game losing streak.

Bush (8-8) allowed three hits in eight innings, giving up his first when Juan Pierre beat out an infield single to shortstop with one out in the sixth. Michael Barrett was hit by a pitch with two outs, and Aramis Ramirez homered off the left-field foul pole, his 26th homer of the season.

Cesar Izturis got the Cubs' other hit, a sharp single to right with two outs in the eighth.

Staked to a 6-0 lead, Bush won at Miller Park for the first time in since June 6 — he had been 0-3 in four starts and one relief appearance. He struck out six, walked one and threw 103 pitches.

Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in four chances since Milwaukee acquired him from Texas on July 28.

Carlos Zambrano (12-5) lost his second consecutive start after going 9-0 with two no-decisions in June and July. He gave up six runs — four earned — five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Zambrano had been 10-0 in 15 road starts since losing to the New York Mets on Aug. 7, 2005.

With two outs and none on in the third, Bush struck out but reached on Barrett's NL-leading ninth passed ball. Brady Clark followed with his first homer since June 7.

Prince Fielder and Gabe Gross walked opening the fourth and scored on David Bell's single for a 4-0 lead.

Geoff Jenkins, who came into the game in a 4-for-38 slump, hit a two-out, two-run single in the fifth that chased Zambrano.

Notes: Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks will miss the rest of the season due to a tendon injury in his right wrist. Weeks will be evaluated by Dr. Don Sheridan on Monday and likely will have surgery Tuesday or Wednesday. Weeks hit .279 with eight HRs, 73 runs and 19 SB this season. … Brewers RHP Jose Capellan was activated from the 15-day DL and OF Tony Gwynn Jr. was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. … The Brewers said RHP Ben Sheets will start Saturday at Atlanta. Sheets left his last start in the first inning due to a strained chest muscle. … The Brewers played their 11th consecutive errorless game, tying a franchise record.


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