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Hoffman earns save number 599 as Brewers top Pirates 8-4

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Trevor Hoffman earned his 599th career save and Ryan Braun homered as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with an 8-4 victory Sunday.

The all-time saves leader entered the game with one out in the ninth and two runners on base, and retired both batters he faced to convert his eighth save in 13 chances this year. The right-hander lost his closer's job to John Axford earlier in the season, but manager Ken Macha in recent weeks has allowed him to close games with leads of three runs or more in an effort to get him to 600 saves.

The Brewers roughed up Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton for eight runs in just 3 1-3 innings.

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