Brewers 9, Pirates 2
Franklin took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Milwaukee pitchers allowed only four hits overall as the Brewers beat Pittsburgh 9-2 Monday night to snap the Pirates’ four-game winning streak.
Franklin is just 5-5 on the season, but the Brewers are 12-7 when he starts, and 10-1 in his last 11 starts. The team is 24-44 when any other starter takes the mound.
He is 4-1 with six no decisions and a 3.26 ERA since May 16. He didn’t give up a hit until Jeff Reboulet tripled to center to open the sixth.
“All my pitches were working,” Franklin said. “I wasn’t making too many mistakes in the strike zone.”
He was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth after yielding one run on two hits and three walks. He struck out five.
Kip Wells’ winless streak stretched to six starts for the Pirates. Wells (2-4), who hasn’t won since May 31, allowed seven runs—six earned—on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.
“It just wasn’t a good night all the way around,” Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. “The fact is, we didn’t swing the bats, they did and (Franklin) pitched well.
“It was one of those nights.”
The Brewers’ defense helped Franklin, turning three double plays in the first five innings. Only four of the 16 Pittsburgh batters in the first five innings got the ball out of the infield.
The Brewers led 3-1 when Franklin was pinch-hit for after throwing only 85 pitches. The move worked—Milwaukee scored four runs with two outs in the sixth to open a 7-1 lead.
“It was tough,” manager Ned Yost said of the decision. “I made up my mind that if the runner got to second, I was going to take a chance of squeezing in one more run. It worked out for us.”
Two pitches later, Wells threw a wild pitch that bounced into the stands. That allowed Ginter to score and Young to move to second. Brady Clark’s RBI single made it 7-1.
Milwaukee increased its lead to 9-1 in the seventh on a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Keith Osik and a sacrifice fly by Royce Clayton.
The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the first. Scott Podsednik singled and scored from first on Geoff Jenkins’ double to the center-field wall. Podsednik was called safe by umpire Bruce Froemming despite a hard collision with catcher Jason Kendall.
Jenkins moved to third on the throw home and scored on Richie Sexson’s groundout for a 2-0 Milwaukee lead. Podsednik sustained a cut under his right eye and left the game after the inning. He was replaced by Clark, and Yost said Podsednik will likely start Tuesday night.
The Brewers scored an unearned run in the fifth when Osik reached on shortstop Jack Wilson’s error, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Clark.
Kendall’s two-out single scored Reboulet as Pittsburgh made it 3-1 in thesixth. Kendall scored in the ninth on Aramis Ramirez’s RBI single.
Six stitches were needed to close the cut under Podsednik’s eye. … The Brewers are 23-23 since May 16. They were 13-28 to start the season. … Kendall, hit by a pitch in the first inning, has been hit 14 times this season—second-most in the NL. The Pirates have been hit by pitches a major league-high 49 times. … Pittsburgh recalled 1B Randall Simon from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville. Simon has been on the DL since June 21 because of a torn ligament in his left hand. He pinch-hit in the eighth and flied out. The team optioned C Humberto Cota to Nashville. … Kendall extendedhis hitting streak to 12 games.