MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brooks Conrad ended his 0-for-27 slump to start the season, hitting a homer and driving in three runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 Saturday night.
Shawn Marcum (4-3) pitched seven strong innings for Milwaukee, giving up five hits while striking out eight without a walk.
Pirates starter Erik Bedard (3-6) lasted just 3 2-3 innings. He allowed five hits, five runs and three walks in his shortest outing of the season other than a May 9 game against Washington that he left in the second because of back spasms.
Cody Ransom had a two-run single for Milwaukee and Rickie Weeks -- hitting just .158 coming in -- reached base all four times with two hits and two walks.
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