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Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2003 12:37 AM EDT
Milwaukee Brewers
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1 9 0
Pittsburgh Pirates
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0 8 0
W Sheets (8-7)
L D'Amico (6-10)
S Kolb (1)
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PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Ben Sheets tossed seven scoreless innings and John Vander Wal had an RBI double as the Milwaukee Brewers posted a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates .

Sheets (8-7) allowed seven hits and struck out seven without a walk for his second victory in three starts.

The righthander escaped a jam in the seventh when Jack Wilson advanced to third on a groundout by Carlos Rivera . Kenny Lofton followed with a groundout to first to end the inning.

"Great pitching and great defense from both sides," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "Everybody out there continues to makes plays. I thought about letting Sheets go out in the eighth. He felt strong all night. He's our ace."

Reliever Dan Kolb gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two in two innings for his second career save. Kolb last registered a save on July 24, 2002 with Texas.

He allowed a single to Jason Kendall to begin the eighth, settled down to get a groundout and two strikeouts to end the inning.

"I just wanted (Yost) to let me know what was happening after the eighth," Kolb said. "He asked how I felt. I just wanted to let him find out how I would react in pressure situations. As a young guy, you either want to start or to close. For me, I just look at what opportunities they give me."

Pirates starter Jeff D'Amico (6-10) gave up nine hits and recorded seven strikeouts in seven innings against his former team.

"You want to get the win," D'Amico said. "You're not going out there just to keep your team in the game. It's tough when you play well and you don't come up with anything for it."

Milwaukee scored its lone run in the fourth. With one out, Geoff Jenkins doubled to deep right field off D'Amico. Vander Wal followed with a double down the first base line which bounced under Randall Simon 's glove.

"We made some plays, but the ball that Vander Wal hit for the double, Simon looked like he went over it," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "Even if he blocks that ball, it's a different game."

The Brewers' shutout was just their second of the season. Milwaukee posted a 10-0 blanking of San Diego on May 21.

Kenny Lofton , Matt Stairs and Jack Wilson each had two hits for Pittsburgh, which has lost three of four.

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