MILWAUKEE -- Dave Bush worked out a little harder in the offseason, knowing he wasn't assured of a spot in his new team's starting rotation. It shows.
Carrying momentum from a stellar spring training, Bush gave up two hits in seven innings and Derrick Turnbow got his fourth save in four games to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, last night.
''I came into spring training to try to win a job, so I had to be ready to go," Bush said.
The Brewers have won their first four games of the season for the first time since 1987, and pitching has played a crucial role in the quick start.
Even with staff ace Ben Sheets rehabilitating a shoulder injury, the Brewers have gotten good outings from their first four starters.
Then there's Turnbow, who became the first pitcher to save each of his team's first four games of the season since the save become an official statistic in 1969.
Turnbow's first few outings have been successful, but have not come without drama. He walked Orlando Hudson to lead off the ninth yesterday, but got Chad Tracy to ground into a double play. He then retired Luis Gonzalez, who homered in the second inning, for the final out.
''It's tough when you start the season with the workload that he had," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
Bush (1-0), who was acquired in the trade that sent Lyle Overbay to the Toronto Blue Jays in December, struck out seven to earn the win. ''[He] had quick innings, kept his pitch count down, got us through seven," Yost said. ''That was big."