The Pirates ran the majors longest current win streak to eight with Saturday’s 5-3 victory. It’s their longest run since reeling off eight in a row from Sept. 1-8, 2000, during Gene Lamont’s final month as manager. Pittsburgh, which won 11 straight games in 1996, has won nine of 11 overall after dropping 19 of 22.
Jason Bay, the NL rookie of the month in June, is batting .419 (13-for-31) during Pittsburgh’s current streak with three homers, four doubles and 18 RBIs. After an eight-RBI performance in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader, the 25-year-old left fielder added an RBI single Saturday to help the Pirates win 5-3.
Pittsburgh has won seven of eight meetings with the Brewers this season, thanks to Bay, who has batted .471 (8-for-17) with a homer, four doubles and 10 RBIs in those games.
The Pirates are going for their first four-game home series sweep of the Brewers since June 25-28, 2001.
“We’re just trying to keep it up and keep the momentum going as long as we can,” said first baseman Randall Simon. “We know we can beat anybody. We’re putting offense, defense and pitching together and everything is just fine.”
They’ll give the ball to rookie Sean Burnett, who earned his first major victory with a 3-0 decision over St. Louis on Tuesday. The left-hander went six innings, allowing five hits and striking out four.
“He’s throwing strikes, he’s getting ground balls, he doesn’t seem to be intimidated by the competition,” Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield said.
The Brewers have lost three in a row since winning five straight.
Lyle Overbay drove in two runs Saturday, giving him 61 RBIs— third-most in the NL.
Overbay, who came over in the offseason trade that sent All-Star Richie Sexson to Arizona, is batting .387 (12-for-31) with a homer, three doubles and 10 RBIs over his last eight games.