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Weeks wakes up, leads Brewers

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Brewers second basemen Rickie Weeks was off to another slow start at the plate this season but he woke up in a big way Tuesday night at Miller Park, leading the Crew to a 12-8 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Weeks, hitting under .200, went three for five with five runs batted in and sealed the victory with a huge, three run homer to right center field in the bottom of the 8th.  The Brewers built a 7-3 lead for starter Marco Estrada who struggled with his location, surrenduring three home runs to the Pirates, leaving after five innings with a 7-5 lead.  In the top of the 6th, it appeared the Brewers got an inning ending double play but the umpire called the runner at first safe.  Blake Badenhop came on and was tagged by Sterling Marte for a three run homer on his first pitch to give the Pirates an 8-7 lead.  Jean Segura tied the game in the bottom half with a solo homer and Yuniesky Betancourt put MIlwaukee on top with a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th.   Weeks then capped it with his blast.  Ryan Braun also went three for four as the Brewers banged out 15 hits.   They've scored 22 runs in the two games in the series, winning their 8th straight game at home.   Milwaukee plays for it's third consecutive sweep Wednesday afternoon, sending Hiram Burgos to the mound.  After a 2-8 start, Milwaukee finished April 14-11, just a half game behind St. Louis for the NL Central Division lead.

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