Pittsburgh (34-45) at Milwaukee (38-42)

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  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun Jul 3, 2005
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Rickie Weeks doesn’t hit like a rookie in clutch situations.

The promising young second baseman hopes to build on back-to-back big performances when the Milwaukee Brewers try to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Weeks hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning Saturday to lift the Brewers to their fourth straight win, 5-3 over the Pirates. Milwaukee’s top draft pick in 2003, Weeks also hit a three-run shot in the seventh Friday with the game tied at 4 to lead Milwaukee to an 8-4 victory over Pittsburgh.

“When pressure situations come up, you have got to have fun,” the 22-year-old Weeks said. “That’s what you dream about your whole life. It’s coming true for me right now, but you want to keep it going.”

Weeks, who gave a curtain call after the third homer of his career, has hit in 15 of 20 games since being called up on June 10. He is batting .282 (20-for-71) overall, but raises his game a notch in key situations with a .375 clip with runners in scoring position.

“That is serious power right there, quick bat,” Milwaukee’s Brady Clark said of Weeks. “He has got a ton of potential, and we’re seeing that.”

Ricky Bottalico pitched a perfect eighth inning for the win Saturday, and Derrick Turnbow worked the ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances. The Milwaukee bullpen has thrown 29 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings against Pittsburgh this season.

“Our bullpen has been very, very good,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Weeks spoiled the major league debut of highly touted Pittsburgh starter Zach Duke. The 22-year-old left-hander gave up three runs and five hits while striking out nine in seven innings.

Jason Bay, Matt Lawton and Jose Castillo each drove in runs for Pittsburgh, which has lost five straight and 15 of its last 19.

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