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MILWAUKEE -- Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run double and Marco Estrada struck out eight in seven innings as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Friday night at Miller Park.

Estrada scattered four hits and didn't allow a walk in the longest outing by a Milwaukee starter since May 13, when Estrada also went seven innings against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

The only run came in the seventh when Neil Walker drove in Russell Martin with a double that bounced off the wall in center, cutting the Brewers' lead in half.

Walker finished with two of Pittsburgh's four hits; both of them off Estrada, as the Pirates saw their four-game winning streak end.

Estrada (4-2) was perfect through four innings, striking out the side in the third and getting another in the fourth. He added two strikeouts to open the fifth before Walker broke up his no-hit bid with a pop-fly single down the left field line.

Estrada's offense provided a 2-0 lead in the second. Aramis Ramirez led off with a walk and moved to third on Carlos Gomez's double. Both scored on a one-out double by Alex Gonzalez.

Aside from the second, A.J. Burnett was just as dominant as his Milwaukee counterpart, retiring 10 consecutive batters after the Gonzalez double before Estrada's two-out single in the fifth.

Burnett (3-5) also worked through seven innings, allowing both Milwaukee runs, three hits and two walks while striking out six. Bryan Morris kept the Brewers off the board in the eighth.

Jim Henderson worked around a leadoff single to Andrew McCutchen but suffered a leg injury trying to field Martin's grounder and had to leave the game.

Francisco Rodriguez got the final out to pick up his first save since July 18, 2012.

NOTES: Brewers RHP Hiram Burgos was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement before the game. LHP Tom Gorzelanny was activated from the disabled list, filling Burgos' spot on the roster. ... The Pirates has won four in a row and 11 of their last 13 heading into Friday's action. ... Brewers starters are 11-19 this season before Friday with an NL-worst 5.28 ERA this season. ... Burnett began the day leading the National League with 79 strikeouts. ... The Brewers entered the game 46-8 against the Pirates at Miller Park since 2007. ... Since going 4 for 5 in Milwaukee April 30, McCutchen was hitting .375 (30 for 80) before Friday.
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