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Milwaukee Brewers' manager Ned Yost won his 400th career game Wednesday night - a 1-0 pitcher's duel over Atlanta at Miller Park.

Rickie Weeks drove in the game's only run with an eighth-inning triple off Blaine Boyer. It scored J.J. Hardy, who drew a walk from starter Jo-Jo Reyes to open the inning.

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Reyes took the loss despite a career-high nine strikeouts. He's now 2-3. Jeff

Suppan got the win, giving up all four Atlanta hits over eight innings, his longest outing of the year. He issued five walks with a season high seven strikeouts. Suppan improved to 3-4.

Salomon Torres threw a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Milwaukee only had three hits on the night. Weeks singled to go with his triple - the game's only extra-base hit.

The Brewers won their first 1-0 game since Sept. 20, 2006. They've won three straight for only the third time this season and they're within one game of .500 for the first time since May 15.

Chipper Jones singled and walked twice for Atlanta, keeping his Major League-leading batting average at .418. The Braves also fell to 6-18 on the road, the National League's worst in that department.

The Braves and Brewers will close out their series this (Thursday) afternoon. Right-hander Seth McClung will start for Milwaukee against right-hander Jorge Campillo.

Riske's recovery

Brewers' reliever David Riske is recovering more slowly than expected from a hyper-extended throwing elbow and a strained shoulder.

He was supposed to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday, but he won't be ready to pitch by then. Riske's lack of progress resulted in a new round of tests this week.

Assistant General Manager Gord Ash says the right-hander will continue with his rehabilitation, but he's not to the stage yet where he can throw from a mound.

Riske is 0-1 with one save and a 4.71 ERA.

The injuries to Riske and Eric Gagne are why the Brewers acquired veteran reliever Julian Tavarez this week.

Braun All-Star?

Ryan Braun appears to have the Brewers' best chance of making the All-Star Game at this point.

The reigning National League Rookie-of-the-Year is ninth in the fan voting for the three starting outfield spots in the July 15 Mid-Summer Classic at Yankee Stadium.

First baseman Prince Fielder - who was elected to start at first base a year ago - is in fourth place now. Bill Hall is fifth in the voting among third basemen.

The Brewers say they're not disappointed. General Manager Doug Melvin says the team has played very few home games during the voting period.

Lots of fans vote at the ballpark, while others vote on-line at MLB.com. Brewer fans are eligible for prizes if they cast their votes at Miller Park or at Brewers.com.

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