Pirates 8, Brewers 7, 10 innings

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Craig Wilson wasn’t thinking about driving in the winning run when he came to the plate in the 10th inning.

His approach worked when he hit an RBI double with two outs to give the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

“I’m looking to hit the ball hard up the middle. You can’t be up there thinking, `Drive the ball and get the run in,”’ Wilson said. “If you hit the ball hard, where it goes, you can’t do much about it.”

His double drove in Jason Kendall, who led off the inning with a single off Luis Vizcaino (0-1) and stole second and third to get into scoring position.

“That’s kind of a messed up game. It feels good when you come out on top,” Kendall said.

He said he was able to steal two bases because the Brewers basically let him.

“With two outs, they weren’t really holding. They gave it to me,” he said.

Jason Boyd (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win, and Jose Mesa the 10th for his eighth save in as many chances. Mesa moved to 20th on the career saves list with 257, passing Todd Worrell.

Milwaukee tied it at 7 in the eighth inning when Lyle Overbay hit a pinch-hit double to the center-field wall to score Gary Bennett, who had singled ahead of him. But after battling back from a six-run deficit, the Brewers, who on Wednesday night came back from a franchise record 9-0 deficit to bet Cincinnati 10-9 in 10 innings, could get no closer.

“It’s a hard one,” Manager Ned Yost said. “We just couldn’t get over that last hump. But you have to give them credit. The kids are out there battling.”

Milwaukee trailed 7-1 but scored four runs in the fifth on six singles, including a two-run hit by Geoff Jenkins.

“You have to give us credit. We don’t give up. We know how to win games,” Jenkins said.

Ben Grieve’s pinch-hit double in the sixth made it 7-6.

The Pirates took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Wilson’s two-out single. After Wes Obermueller walked the bases full, Wilson’s low liner got by right fielder Brady Clark and all three runners scored. Wilson got credit for two RBIs, with the third scoring on Brady’s error.

Pittsburgh extended its lead to 4-0 in the third on Mackowiak’s two-out solo homer, his fourth.

Although the Brewers eventually erased the 7-1 Pirates lead, Manager Lloyd McClendon was happy to win.

“I don’t care how we get them as long as we get them,” he said. “You can call them ugly, you can call it the hard way, I don’t care.”

The Brewers made it 4-1 in the third inning when Mackowiak mishandled Bill Hall’s hard-liner, allowing Gary Bennett to score from third.

The Pirates scored three times in the fourth to chase Obermueller and lead 7-1, with Jack Wilson contributing a two-run double.

Pittsburgh starter Oliver Perez struck out seven and allowed eight hits and five runs in five innings.

Obermueller lasted just three innings, allowing seven runs on five hits and four walks.

Notes

Obermueller, who had walked only five batters this season, walked three in the first inning as Milwaukee fell behind 3-0. … Perez is the only left-handed starter on the Pirates, and one of only three on Pittsburgh’s staff. … Brewers 3B Wes Helms was hitless in four at-bats to run his hitless streak to 0-for-13. … The Pirates have won five straight road games for the first time since taking seven straight from April 2-17 in 2002. … Brewers closer Dan Kolb retired the first batter he faced in the ninth, but was replaced by Vizcaino when he pulled his right hamstring after establishing a3-1 count on Tike Redman. The Brewers say his injury is day to day.

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