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Brewers blank Pirates 2-0

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Braden Looper allowed four hits over seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Prince Fielder had two two-out singles that drove in Craig Counsell to account for all the offense for the Brewers (48-46), who avoided falling to .500 for the first time since May 2.

Last-place Pittsburgh, which snapped a 17-game losing streak to the Brewers on Monday, was shut out for the ninth time this season.

Looper (9-4) won his fourth consecutive decision and for the fourth time in his past five starts. He walked three -- one intentionally -- and had one strikeout.

Trevor Hoffman earned his 22nd save by retiring the side in order in the ninth.

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