Brewers 4, Marlins 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Jason Bere allowed three hits and struck out nine in seven innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-0 victory Thursday night over the Florida Marlins.
Bere (2-0) allowed two singles in the second inning, escaping a bases-loaded jam by striking out pitcher Brad Penny to end the inning. Bere also allowed a third-inning single to Brant Brown.
In his first start, Bere allowed one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in six innings, a 9-1 Brewers victory over St. Louis.
David Weathers pitched a hitless eighth inning and Bob Wickman finished the four-hitter. This was Milwaukee’s first shutout since July 30, 1999, against Montreal.
The Brewers took a 3-0 lead in the second against Penny (1-1). Geoff Jenkins led off with a single and Tyler Houston drew a one-out walk. Luis Lopez hit a two-run double off the glove of center-fielder Preston Wilson and scored on Bere’s single to right.
Ron Belliard’s opened the sixth with his first home run to make it 4-0.
Notes: Belliard’s home run extended his hitting streak to 10 games, matching his career high. ... The Brewers acquired minor-league catcher Pat Cline from the Cubs for a player to be named. Cline, who also can play the infield and outfield, was with the Cubs’ Triple A Iowa club and will report to the Brewers’ Double-A team at Huntsville. ... Luis Castillo’s eighth-inning walk extended his league-high total to 14. Castillo was hitless in three at-bats, ending his hitting streak at seven games.