After rain postponed the opener of the series Friday, Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee 3-1 on Saturday to post consecutive victories at home for the first time this season.
The Pirates, who snapped a six-game losing streak at PNC Park with a 9-7 win over San Diego on Thursday, remain a major-league worst 6-12 at home, but are undefeated against the Brewers in four games this season and have won seven of their last 10 overall.
Pittsburgh, ranked 14th in the league with 181 runs, has struggled to score this season but compensated with aggressive baserunning Saturday. Rob Mackowiak, who went 2-for-4, stole consecutive bases and scored two runs for Pittsburgh.
“We battled away and got some runs,” said Mackowiak, who has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games, going 16-for-49 with four homers and 11 RBIs in that span. “Sometimes you have to bunt people over or steal some bases, whatever. It’s not the greatest way to do it, but it got the job done.”
Added Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon: “We’ll take them any way we can get them. The stolen bases, you have to pick and choose your spots, and to this point we haven’t been very good at it. But that can’t deter us from staying aggressive on the basepaths.”
Jason Kendall extended his hitting streak to 10 games—batting .363 in that span—with two singles Saturday.
After the Brewers, the Pirates visit St. Louis for a three-game series before returning home for eight games against the Cubs and the Cardinals.
The Brewers have lost five of their last 11 games. Chad Moeller, who was hitless in 10 at-bats, provided the lone run for Milwaukee on Saturday with a two-out RBI double in the second inning.
The teams will make up Friday’s game as part of a doubleheader July 2 at 5:05 p.m.