ANAHEIM (TSN-WSAU) Corey Hart drove in three runs and Dave Bush picked up his first win in nearly two months, as the Milwaukee Brewers handled the Angels, 7-1, in the second test of a three-game interleague series at Angel Stadium.
Bush (2-5) gave up one run on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings to record his first victory since April 20 against the Pirates. The right-hander had lost five straight decisions coming into Tuesday's game.
"I was able to throw my fastball for strikes and was able to put the count in my favor," Bush said. "I was able to get it down in the zone and mix my pitches."
Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer for the Brewers, who won 12-2 in the series opener and have won four of six overall. Alcides Escobar had two hits, scored twice, and knocked in a run for the victors.
Maicer Izturis drove in the lone run for Los Angeles, which has dropped two in a row since a three-game winning streak. Ervin Santana (6-5) allowed six runs on 10 hits in a five-inning start. He also fanned six batters in his second straight loss since a five-start winning streak.
"I thought Ervin had a good start but he got behind guys," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Bush didn't do anything fancy but mixed his pitches well. They didn't miss some of the mistakes we made."
The Brewers scored twice in the first inning. Ryan Braun hit a two-out single and came around to score on Fielder's homer to left-center field.
Los Angeles stranded runners on the corners in the home first.
Milwaukee plated four more runs in the second to take a 6-0 lead. Singles by Jim Edmonds, Craig Counsell, and Jonathan Lucroy loaded the bases. Escobar followed with an RBI infield single. After Rickie Weeks went down swinging, Hart cleared the bases with a double to left. The Brewers loaded the bases again later in the frame, but nothing came out of it.
Escobar scored on Francisco Rodriguez's wild pitch in the top of the eighth to make it a 7-0 game.
The Angels got the run back in the bottom half of the inning. Kevin Frandsen doubled and crossed the plate on Izturis' two-bagger to left-center field.
The Brewers and Angles conclude their series today with a 5:30pm game.