Brewers down Bucs, 6-3
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Bill Hall hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for only the second time in their last nine tries, 6-3 Tuesday night.
Doug Davis pitched seven effective innings, Corey Hart homered and Tony Graffanino added a two-run double for the Brewers, who snapped Pittsburgh’s four-game winning streak.
Trailing 6-3, the Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Francisco Cordero, but Jeromy Burnitz grounded into a game-ending double play.
Milwaukee was down 3-2 in the eighth when Graffanino doubled and Prince Fielder singled off Damaso Marte (0-6), putting runners at the corners. Kevin Mench’s weak groundout against Salomon Torres drove in Graffanino, and Hall’s single scored Fielder for a 4-3 lead.
Graffanino added a two-run double in the ninth. Cordero got three outs for his seventh save in nine opportunities since being acquired by the Brewers from Texas on July 28.
Jose Bautista’s two-run homer in the seventh gave the Pirates a 3-2 edge. It was their first home run with a runner on base in three weeks. Pittsburgh had hit 14 consecutive solo shots since Burnitz hit a three-run drive July 25 in Milwaukee.
Pittsburgh’s Tom Gorzelanny left with the lead after his fourth consecutive solid start but did not factor in the decision.
Hart, Fielder and Damian Miller each had two hits and a run for the Brewers, who won for the fifth consecutive time Davis was their starter.
Davis (9-6) allowed three runs and nine hits. He walked none and struck out six.
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.
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.
Gorzelanny 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.
The Pirates played without All-Star Jason Bay and shortstop Jack Wilson, who was hit on the hand by a pitch Monday. Bay sat out his second straight game with a strained hamstring.
Notes: 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.