Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura each drove in
two runs as the Milwaukee Brewers took a 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates
in the opener of a three-game set.
Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy also drove in a run each for the Brewers, who
have won three straight and now sit two games back of St. Louis for the final
wild card spot in the National League.
Yovani Gallardo (16-8) continued his winning ways as he pitched his 10th
straight start without losing, winning eight of those games. On Tuesday, he
gave up just two hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
A.J. Burnett (15-8) dropped a fourth straight decision, giving up two runs on
seven hits in six innings for the Pirates, who fell three games back of a
wild card spot after losing for the ninth time in their past 11 games.
Milwaukee had a man on third with one out in the first as Aoki was hit by a
pitch to start the game, stole second then moved to third on a wild pitch
after Rickie Weeks struck out. Braun then walked and stole second, but Aramis
Ramirez popped out and Lucroy struck out.
Andrew McCutchen hit into an inning-ending double play in the home half of the
first and the Brewers took the lead in the second.
Travis Ishikawa was plunked to start the frame, Carlos Gomez followed with a
single and Segura walked to load the bases. After Gallardo struck out, Aoki
punched a single to center to score one. Burnett, though, limited the damage
by striking out Weeks and got Braun to hit into a fielder's choice.
The Pirates loaded the bags in the second, but it was with two outs and
Burnett grounded out to end the inning.
In the sixth, Milwaukee added to its lead when Lucroy led off with a single,
moved to second on a Gomez bunt single then came home when Segura singled to
center for a 2-0 lead.
The Brewers padded their lead with two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles
from Braun and Lucroy for a 4-0 advantage.
Gallardo left the game with two outs in the seventh after he loaded the bases,
but it was with two outs and Jim Henderson got pinch-hitter Michael McKenry to
Segura added another run-scoring single in the eighth while Aoki's sacrifice
fly later in the inning gave Milwaukee a 6-0 lead.
Kameron Loe set the Pirates down in order in the eighth and Jose Veras pitched
a scoreless ninth to close the game.
The Brewers have taken nine of 13 from the Pirates this season ... Gallardo
moved to 9-2 in 15 games against the Pirates in his career ... Pittsburgh left
seven men on base ... Milwaukee batted 5-for-18 with runners in scoring
position and left 11 men on base.
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