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Gallardo's gem silences Braves

MILWAUKEE Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo produced a pitching gem to silence the Atlanta Braves and spoil outfielder Nate McLouth's debut in a 4-0 victory for the visitors on Friday.

The Brewers right-hander gave up just two hits in eight sparkling innings, throwing 110 pitches, as he struck out six Braves to post the fifth win in his last six decisions.

"It felt good out there," Gallardo said. "For the first couple of innings, my command was a little off because I was overthrowing a little bit.

"As the game went on, I was able to correct those things and keep the hitters off balance." he said.

Reliever Carlos Villanueva hurled a perfect ninth to seal victory.

Atlanta never threatened to score and new signing McLouth finished 0-for-4. The center-fielder, acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, was an All-Star last season and is expected to bring added power to the Braves' lineup.

Facing Gallardo, however, the Braves (26-27) failed to advance a runner past second base and dropped their seventh game in the last 10 contests.

The National League Central-leading Brewers (32-23) scored two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings to give Gallardo a comfortable cushion. Rookie Mat Gamel put Milwaukee on the board with a two-RBI double and finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

"What got me here (is) my ability to hit the ball the other way," Gamel said. "I've been trying to not do too much. You can't go up there trying to do too much. It's a game based on failure as it is. You can't put too much pressure on yourself."

Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder stayed hot with two hits and one run.

In Houston, Carlos Lee hit a grand slam to lead the Astros to a decisive 9-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Also, it was: Mets 3, Nationals 1, 10 innings; Brewers 4, Braves 0; Giants 2, Marlins 1; and Rockies 11, Cardinals 4.

In the American League, the Minnesota Twins ended Ichiro Suzuki's hitting streak at 27 games and took advantage of left-fielder Wladimir Balentien's two 10th-inning miscues in a 2-1 win over Seattle.

Elsewhere, it was: Angels 2, Tigers 1; Rangers 5, Red Sox 1; Blue Jays 9, Royals 3; Indians 6, White Sox 0; and Athletics 9, Orioles 1.


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