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Gallardo homers as Brewers squash Pittsburgh 1-0

Yovani Gallardo became the first Major League pitcher in almost seven years to homer in a 1-0 game, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Pittsburgh at Miller Park Wednesday.

Gallardo's blast came in the seventh inning off Ian Snell.

The last pitcher to win a 1-0 game with a homer was Odalis Perez of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 28 of 2002.

It was Gallardo's second game-winning homer this season, after he hit a three-run blast off Randy Johnson in San Francisco.

And Gallardo broke a team record for the most career homers by a pitcher, with four. Brooks Kieschnick had three.

Gallardo struck out a career-high 11 batters Wednesday, and gave up just two hits in eight innings.

He was perfect until the fifth inning, when Andy LaRoche hit a two-out double.

The win improved his record to 3-1. Carlos Villanueva threw a perfect ninth for his second save.

Prince Fielder had two of Milwaukee's six hits, with a double and a single.

Snell gave up five hits in seven innings, with four walks and five strikeouts. The loss drops him to 1-3.

The Brewers swept their first series of the year, and have won seven of their last eight.

The Pirates have now lost 15 straight to the Brew Crew, and 18 in a row at Miller Park.

The Brewers will open a home series against Arizona tonight. Right-hander Jeff Suppan will face Diamondbacks' right-hander Max Scherzer.