Brewers 6, Pirates 3
PITTSBURGH (AP)—The Milwaukee Brewers finally found a way to win in Pittsburgh.
The Brewers, who had lost five in a row at PNC Park and were 15-35 there since the stadium opened six years ago, rallied to beat the Pirates 6-3 Tuesday night.
“I felt like I had to prove something for our team to get a win and break this streak they’re on,” Davis said.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer for Pittsburgh, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. It was the Pirates’ first home run with a runner on base in three weeks. Pittsburgh had hit 14 consecutive solo shots since Burnitz’s three-run drive July 25 in Milwaukee.
“We did everything we could tonight—they just beat us,” said Pirates manager Jim Tracy, whose team loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before Francisco Cordero got Jeromy Burnitz to ground into a game-ending double play.
“I told the guys I tried to hit it as far as I could,” Mench joked. “It was probably the shortest-hit ball I’ve had since I got here, but it got the job done. Put the ball in play and you can score a run.”
Graffanino added a two-run double in the ninth before Cordero’s save, his seventh in nine opportunities since being acquired from Texas on July 28.
“Knowing the arms we’ve got in the bullpen,” Bautista said, “I thought we pretty much had it in the fridge—but it was just one of those nights.”
Pittsburgh’s Tom Gorzelanny left with the lead after his fourth consecutive solid start but did not factor in the decision. He allowed only two runs—one earned—and six hits in seven innings. He has pitched at least six innings while giving up two runs or fewer in each of his starts since July 23.
“We have a great bullpen, but obviously things happen,” Gorzelanny said.
The Pirates scored in the first inning after two runners reached on balls that deflected off infielders’ gloves and barely left the infield. Joe Randa followed with a sacrifice fly to score Chris Duffy.
But that was only run Davis (9-6) allowed until the seventh. Overall, he permitted three runs and nine hits. He walked none and struck out six.
“I felt real good, felt like I had all my pitches,” Davis said.
Hart hit his second home run into the Brewers’ bullpen in left-center with two outs in the second, tying the game at 1.
The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the third when Miller hit a leadoff double, went to third on Davis’ sacrifice and scored on an error by second baseman Jose Castillo. Gorzelanny fielded Davis’ bunt and threw late to third. Freddy Sanchez then threw to first to get the slow-footed Davis, but Castillo mishandled the ball, allowing Miller to score on the play.
The Pirates had won six in a row against the Brewers at PNC Park dating to Sept. 30, 2005.
“(The media) puts too much stock in that,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “When you play good and score some runs, you’ll win anywhere.”
Pittsburgh’s bullpen blew its first lead after the seventh inning since July 4. The team was 37-4 with a lead after seven this season. The relievers had thrown 8 2-3 scoreless innings during the winning streak.
“We take a lot of pride in the work that we’ve done this year. And in games like this when we don’t get it done, we take it personally and we do whatever we can to not let that happen the next day,” Torres said. “I’m sure that all of us are going to be ready for tomorrow and we’re just hoping for the same situation to arise so we can get some type of redemption.”
The Brewers have been outscored by 21 runs (84-63) in the first inning this season. … Of Pittsburgh’s last 30 home runs, 27 have come with nobody on base.
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