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Bucs erupt for five HRs, finally win series against Brewers

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PITTSBURGH -- On the same day the Pittsburgh Pirates traded their leading home run hitter, they enjoyed their best power game all season. They hope it's not a coincidence.

Brandon Moss hit Pittsburgh's season-high fifth homer of the game leading off the ninth inning and the Pirates won a series against Milwaukee for the first time in nearly two years, rallying to beat the Brewers 8-7 on Wednesday.

The Brewers had won seven consecutive series against the Pirates -- winning 17 games in a row along the way -- before dropping two of three in Pittsburgh. The series started with an 8-5 Pirates victory Monday that ended the longest losing streak by one major league team against another in 39 years.

"They have a really good team, obviously, so it's nice to beat a good team like that," Moss said after the Pirates bounced back from a 2-0 loss Tuesday.

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The homers came as the Pirates were sending first baseman Adam LaRoche, their only hitter with double-digit homers, to Boston for two prospects.

"That's ironic -- that's a good word," Moss said. "It feels good to have a game like this. It's kind of the story of our season, to have a game like last night's and come back and have a game like this."

Ryan Doumit homered twice, with the umpires reversing their call on one, and Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen also went deep as every Pirates homer was a solo shot. It was Pittsburgh's first five-homer game since July 12, 2008, against St. Louis.

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Jones had three extra-base hits and Delwyn Young went 3 for 4 for the Pirates.

Matt Capps (2-5) got the victory, striking out Casey McGehee with runners on first and third following Mike Cameron's triple in the top of the ninth.

Moss then hit a 3-1 pitch by Mitch Stetter (2-1) over the center-field wall for his fifth homer.

"I fell behind and tried to throw some good sliders away and he didn't bite on them," Stetter said. "In that situation, you never give in. I tried to make a fastball down and away and it came back over the plate."

Ryan Braun homered and drove in three runs and McGehee also went deep for Milwaukee, which went 3-4 on a road trip that began in Cincinnati.

The Brewers hoped Jeff Suppan would pitch himself out of a slump against the team he dominates like no other -- he is 13-3 against the Pirates and 6-0 against them with Milwaukee -- but he left trailing 5-2 after giving up four homers in 3 1/3 innings.

"I made a lot of mistakes down the middle," said Suppan, who is winless in seven starts.

Doumit hit a two-run shot in the first inning, his first homer in 33 at-bats since being sidelined 2½ months with a broken wrist. Doumit followed the McCutchen and Jones homers that came a batter apart with a solo drive in the third.

Doumit's long fly ball to right field was initially ruled a double, but the umpires changed the call after a video replay apparently showed the ball rebounding off a spectator above the home run line in right field.

"It was tough to tell," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "I don't know what the deal is. Does it have to have conclusive evidence, like the NFL rule? I think they should throw replay away. The fans have to stand there and wait five minutes to cheer."

Pirates starter Paul Maholm, who held the Giants to one unearned run in eight innings Friday, gave up the lead during a five-run Brewers fifth that included McGehee's two-run homer and Braun's two-run double.

Braun also hit his 18th homer as the teams combined for seven homers.

The Pirates tied it at 7 in their half of the fifth against Seth McClung on consecutive RBI doubles by Andy LaRoche and Ramon Vazquez.

Notes

  • The Pirates were thin on the bench because of the LaRoche trade and SS Jack Wilson's sore hamstring.
  • The Pirates hadn't hit three homers in an inning since July 21, 2008, in the ninth against Houston.
  • Milwaukee is 6-2 against Pittsburgh this season.
  • Despite winning, the Pirates are 14-26 against the NL Central.
 
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Ryan Doumit hits two HRs, including one that's originally ruled a double but reversed after using video replay.  (AP)
Ryan Doumit hits two HRs, including one that's originally ruled a double but reversed after using video replay. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

R. Doumit
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF4100121 .258
Mike Cameron, CF4110101 .260
Ryan Braun, LF5224021 .307
Prince Fielder, 1B4010111 .312
Casey McGehee, 2B5222013 .323
Bill Hall, 3B3021111 .203
J.J. Hardy, SS2000012 .228
    Seth McClung, P1000011 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH1000000 .308
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
Jason Kendall, C4010011 .243
Jeff Suppan, P1000001 .200
    Craig Counsell, SS3110011 .291
Totals377107411  
a-flied out for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (21, Maholm), Bill Hall (12, Maholm)
3B - Mike Cameron (2, Capps)
HR - Ryan Braun (18, Maholm), Casey McGehee (7, Maholm)
RBI - Ryan Braun 4 (64), Casey McGehee 2 (29), Bill Hall (20)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (19), Casey McGehee 2 (17)
SB - Jason Kendall (2, 2nd base off Hanrahan/Doumit)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - McGehee-Counsell-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan 3.1755214 4.71
Seth McClung 1.2222120 4.97
Todd Coffey 2200210 2.54
Mark DiFelice 0.2000000 1.64
Mitch Stetter (L,2-1) 0.1211111 2.90
IBB - Vazquez by Todd Coffey, Doumit by Mitch Stetter
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 61-38, Seth McClung 36-19, Todd Coffey 29-17, Mark DiFelice 8-5, Mitch Stetter 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 5-4, Seth McClung 1-2, Todd Coffey 3-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 19, Seth McClung 8, Todd Coffey 9, Mark DiFelice 2, Mitch Stetter 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF5121010 .296
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5000012 .306
Garrett Jones, 1B4231112 .313
Ryan Doumit, C4223101 .235
Delwyn Young, RF4130112 .315
Brandon Moss, LF4111102 .254
Andy LaRoche, 3B3111001 .265
Ramon Vazquez, SS2011200 .241
Paul Maholm, P2000011 .079
    Joel Hanrahan, P1000001 .000
   a- Jeff Salazar, PH1000001 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals35813865  
a-grounded into a double play for Hanrahan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones 2 (5, Coffey, Stetter), Andy LaRoche (17, McClung), Ramon Vazquez (2, McClung)
HR - Andrew McCutchen (3, Suppan), Garrett Jones (9, Suppan), Ryan Doumit 2 (4, Suppan, Suppan), Brandon Moss (5, Stetter)
SH - Andy LaRoche (4)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (24), Garrett Jones (11), Ryan Doumit 3 (17), Brandon Moss (25), Andy LaRoche (36), Ramon Vazquez (11)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Doumit 2 (8), Andy LaRoche (13), Ramon Vazquez (6)
Team LOB - 10
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 4.2777352 4.63
Joel Hanrahan 2.1200030 7.03
John Grabow 1000010 3.07
Matt Capps (W,2-5) 1100120 5.63
IBB - Fielder by Matt Capps
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 90-59, Joel Hanrahan 30-22, John Grabow 8-7, Matt Capps 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 3-6
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 24, Joel Hanrahan 9, John Grabow 3, Matt Capps 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21186
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Damien Beal, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Chad Fairchild