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PITTSBURGH -- Catcher Russell Martin had three hits and four RBIs and Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer both homered as the Pittsburgh Pirates took out their frustrations on the Milwaukee Brewers and starting pitcher Kyle Lohse in a 15-5 rout on Friday night.

Martin's three-run double keyed an eight-run sixth inning that put the Pirates ahead 13-3. Pittsburgh sent 13 batters to the plate in an inning that also included two RBI singles by Jose Tabata and two bases-loaded walks by Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg.

The Pirates beat the Brewers for just the third time in 11 meetings this season and beat Lohse for the first time since 2011, tagging him with his first overall loss since April 1.

Lohse (7-2) had won seven consecutive decisions, the longest active streak in the major leagues, but was rocked for eight runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. He had also won his last six decisions against the Pirates

Center fielder McCutchen and shortstop Mercer each had two hits and two RBIs. Four other players also had two of the Pirates' 16 hits -- Tabata, second baseman Neil Walker, third baseman Pedro Alvarez and right fielder Travis Snider.

Brandon Cumpton (1-2) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings after giving up 11 runs -- the most by a major league pitcher this season -- in losing his previous start last Saturday against the Dodgers at Los Angeles.

Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and second baseman Scooter Gennett had two hits apiece while left fielder Khris Davis drove in two runs.

The Pirates won for the sixth time in their last eight games while handing the National League Central-leading Brewers their third loss in four games.

Pittsburgh added two runs in the eighth on groundouts to pad their lead to 15-3. Shortstop Jean Segura hit a sacrifice fly for the Brewers in a two-run ninth.

The Pirates opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning. McCutchen hit an RBI double and scored on Martin's single.

McCutchen's seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to left field with two outs in the third, increased the lead to 3-0.

The Brewers cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth when Ramirez singled in a run and Davis followed with a sacrifice fly. They had a chance for more but left the bases loaded.

Mercer led off the fifth with his third home run, a drive to left, and Walker singled in a run later in the inning to give the Pirates a 5-2 lead.

NOTES: Pirates LF Starling Marte, who was hitless in his last 19 at-bats and had not driven in a run since May 27, was not in the starting lineup for a third straight game on Friday night and again took early batting practice in an effort to shake his slump. OF Jose Tabata started in left field, partly because he was 14-for-33 (.424) against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse. ... Pittsburgh RHP Vin Mazzaro accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis after clearing waivers. He was designated for assignment May 26. ... Pirates RHP Stolmy Pimentel, who is on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had his rehab assignment transferred to Double-A Altoona after pitching two scoreless innings in one game for Class A Bradenton. ... Brewers LHP Tom Gorzelanny was scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Nashville on Friday night and be on a 35-pitch limit as he continues his rehab from left shoulder surgery. Gorzelanny had gone a combined 0-1 with a 1.54 ERA in eight games with Nashville and Class A Brevard County before Friday. ... Milwaukee RHP Matt Garza (3-4, 4.42 ERA) will face Pittsburgh RHP Edinson Volquez (3-4, 4.25) on Saturday in the middle game of the three-game series.
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