Conrad helps Brewers top Pirates

Conrad, Weeks make rare offensive contributions
Conrad helps Brewers top Pirates

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.