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Marcum, Conrad lead Brewers past Pirates


MILWAUKEE (WSAU-TSN) – Brewers backup first baseman Brooks Conrad snapped a hitting slump Saturday night, knocking out a two-run homer to help push Milwaukee past Pittsburgh 5-1.

Conrad had been 0-for-27 this season.

Rickie Weeks also started to show some life with the bat, pounding a single and a double and reaching base four straight times.

Shaun Marcum tossed seven outstanding innings, giving up just one run on five hits, to improve to 4-and-3. Kameron Loe worked a perfect eighth and Jose Veras worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to finish off the victory.

Milwaukee has been victorious in five of its last six games, though the injury-riddled defending National League Central Division Champions are still five games below .500. Cody Ransom drove in two runs and made a spectacular play in the sixth inning.

Erik Bedard (3-6) gave up five runs on five hits and three walks while fanning five in just 3 2/3 innings in defeat.