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Gallardo outduels Hanson in Brewers' win

MILWAUKEE - Yovani Gallardo scattered four hits in 71/3 scoreless innings and drove in the only run Milwaukee needed off previously unbeaten Tommy Hanson to lead the Brewers to a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

The RBI single by Gallardo (9-7) broke open a scoreless game in the fifth and gave the struggling Brewers a boost of confidence after a miserable start to July. Milwaukee had lost 13 of 19 to fall from first to fourth in the NL Central.

Gallardo's recent performances matched the Brewers' slide. He started July 0-3 with a 5.09 ERA, while Hanson (5-1) came in looking for the best start by a Braves rookie since Larry McWilliams won his first seven decisions in 1978.

The duel between two of the NL's promising young pitchers didn't disappoint.

Gallardo worked around runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and fifth innings by inducing grounders to get out of each jam. The 23-year-old right-hander walked four and struck out six, leaving to a standing ovation in favor of Todd Coffey, who got the final two outs in the eighth.

Rookie Casey McGehee then drove in two insurance runs with a two-out single in the bottom of the inning off Manny Acosta to make it 4-0 after Eric O'Flaherty was pulled when he walked the bases loaded with one out.

The 22-year-old Hanson lasted seven solid innings despite flulike symptoms.

Hanson, who gave up seven runs in his June 7 debut against the Brewers in a no-decision, said he'd lost 12 pounds this week because a severely sore throat limited him from eating. Tests were negative for strep throat and mononucleosis and the right-hander said he felt well enough to start Saturday night.

While he gave up nine hits and walked two, he held Milwaukee scoreless until Gallardo's timely hit.

SideBar: Braves at Brewers

When: Today, 2:05 p.m.

Where: Milwaukee

TV: FSS