J-J Hardy's early slump is over.
The Milwaukee Brewers shortstop went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and four runs batted in, as Milwaukee beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-to-5 today at Miller Park.
Hardy missed most of last season with an injury to his right ankle, but he provided the bulk of the offense as the Brewers completed a two-game sweep of the Pirates.
Hardy broke an oh-for-eleven streak with a two-run homer in the first inning.
Milwaukee went on to score four runs off Zach Duke in the first. Corey Hart's double scored Bill Hall and Damian Miller's sacrifice fly drove in Kevin Mench.
Milwaukee took a 7-1 lead in the fourth with the help of a two-run single by Hardy.