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Scuffling Pirates muscle up to turn away Brewers

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates finally found their offense and were rewarded with a rare win.

Andy LaRoche, Garrett Jones and Ronny Cedeno homered and the Pirates won for only the second time in their past 14 games, 9-5 over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

The Pirates scored a total of four runs during a four-game losing streak and did not homer in their just-completed five-game trip. But eight of nine starters had hits Monday, seven scored and seven had at least one RBI.

"It takes a lot of pressure off everybody," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "The guys realize we haven't scored runs ... and when they've gotten a chance with guys on base, they want to be the guy who comes through. Nobody's really been relaxing, so getting some hits today seemed to relax everybody."

Mike Cameron and Prince Fielder homered for the Brewers, who failed to get back to .500 and fell seven games behind Colorado in the NL wild card.

Kevin Hart (4-2) earned his first win as a Pirate in three starts since being acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on July 30. He allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings, striking out four.

"I think it helps when you go out there and get a five-run lead to take a deep breath," Hart said.

"We'll take the win right now, take it as something for us to build on."

The Pirates entered the game having lost 17 of their previous 20 and on an eight-game home losing streak. They fell behind 1-0 when Felipe Lopez tripled to lead off the game -- extending his hitting streak to 12 games -- and Craig Counsell followed with an RBI single.

Pittsburgh homered in the next two innings. LaRoche hit his sixth, a solo shot with one out off Carlos Villanueva (2-10).

Jones' homer - on the first pitch he saw in the third after Young had singled - was his 13th but only second with a runner on, and first in eight games. Jones was promoted to the majors on June 30 but leads all rookies in home runs.

"It was definitely good to be able to swing the bats the way we did," Jones said. "We drove the ball real well in the gaps with men on base. Running around the bases like that was a lot of fun."

The Pirates sent 10 men to the plate in that inning, adding three runs on RBI singles by Lastings Milledge and Hart and a double by Andrew McCutchen.

"It was a tough inning," Villanueva said. "They hit a couple balls good, but at the same time there were a couple hits here and there that dropped in that weren't hit that hard. I just couldn't keep a crooked number off the board there. If I limited the damage that inning, we have a chance to win the game."

Cedeno's third homer gave Pittsburgh a 9-5 lead in the seventh after Milwaukee had come back within two runs.

The Brewers trailed 6-1 heading into the fourth but Fielder lined the second pitch of the inning into the elevated seats in right field, his 31st homer.

With two outs and Ryan Braun on second in the sixth, Cameron hit his 17th homer -- only his second since July 29.

Delwyn Young's RBI single in the bottom of the inning pushed the Pirates' lead back to three runs before Fielder added an RBI single in the seventh.

"It's always good -- regardless of what kind of road trip we had -- just to able to go out there and put up a five-spot in an inning, you get a little more comfortable when the game's not so close," McCutchen said. "The way things have been going, we haven't been able to hold onto one-run leads, so it's good to be able to get a few runs and go from there."

In four innings, Villanueva allowed six runs and 11 hits. He fell to 0-3 since being inserted into the rotation on July 28 and has lost his last seven decisions.

The Brewers have scored at lest five runs in each of their past seven games (7.2 per contest) but have won only three of them.

"You've got to compliment the position players," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "They've been doing well, they've been fighting back and they're scrapping regardless of what the score is. They'll continue to battle. Hopefully we'll get them some good starts here."

Notes

  • The Pirates set their rotation after being rained out Sunday. RHP Ross Ohlendorf will pitch Tuesday against the Brewers, followed by LHP Paul Maholm on Wednesday.
  • Cameron and Fielder have nine-game hitting streaks.
  • Pittsburgh's only other victory since Aug. 1 -- a 7-3 win over Colorado on Aug. 11 -- had been the only time since then the team had scored at least seven runs.
 
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Ronny Cedeno hits one of the Pirates' three homers to end the Bucs' four-game skid.  (AP)
Ronny Cedeno hits one of the Pirates' three homers to end the Bucs' four-game skid. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

R. Cedeno
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Felipe Lopez, 2B3210200 .313
Craig Counsell, 3B5011002 .288
Ryan Braun, LF3100202 .314
Prince Fielder, 1B4122001 .311
Mike Cameron, CF4112022 .253
Frank Catalanotto, RF4020000 .302
Jason Kendall, C3020101 .235
Carlos Villanueva, P1000011 .125
   a- Hernan Iribarren, PH1000010 .222
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
   b- Jody Gerut, PH1000002 .205
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
   c- Casey McGehee, PH1000001 .307
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
Alcides Escobar, SS4010011 .263
Totals34510555  
a-struck out for Villanueva in the 5th
b-hit into fielder's choice for DiFelice in the 6th
c-flied out for Colome in the 8th
Batting
3B - Felipe Lopez (3, Hart)
HR - Prince Fielder (31, Hart), Mike Cameron (17, Hart)
RBI - Craig Counsell (30), Prince Fielder 2 (107), Mike Cameron 2 (51)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (47), Mike Cameron 2 (17)
SB - Ryan Braun (11, 3rd base off J. Chavez/Doumit)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Braun 1
DP - Fielder-Escobar
E - Alcides Escobar (1, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Villanueva (L,2-10) 41166122 6.25
Mark DiFelice 1000000 3.22
Jesus Colome 2533011 7.59
Todd Coffey 1000000 2.48
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 73-47, Mark DiFelice 10-7, Jesus Colome 41-28, Todd Coffey 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 5-4, Mark DiFelice 1-2, Jesus Colome 5-1, Todd Coffey 1-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 23, Mark DiFelice 3, Jesus Colome 12, Todd Coffey 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF5011013 .284
Delwyn Young, 2B5131003 .309
Garrett Jones, RF4122101 .297
Ryan Doumit, C5000014 .222
Steve Pearce, 1B5110012 .231
Andy LaRoche, 3B4121000 .256
Lastings Milledge, LF4221000 .226
Ronny Cedeno, SS4222002 .196
Kevin Hart, P2021000 .286
   a- Ramon Vazquez, PH1110000 .250
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   b- Brandon Moss, PH1000000 .244
    Jeff Karstens, P0000000 .056
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals40916913  
a-doubled for Hart in the 6th
b-grounded out for J. Chavez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (18, Villanueva), Ramon Vazquez (5, Colome)
HR - Garrett Jones (13, Villanueva), Andy LaRoche (6, Villanueva), Ronny Cedeno (8, Colome)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (35), Delwyn Young (33), Garrett Jones 2 (22), Andy LaRoche (42), Lastings Milledge (8), Ronny Cedeno 2 (27), Kevin Hart (2)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen (11), Kevin Hart (1)
SB - Lastings Milledge (3, 2nd base off Colome/Kendall)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Pearce, Hart-Cedeno-Pearce, LaRoche-Young-Pearce
Pittsburgh Pirates
Kevin Hart (W,4-2) 6944242 4.00
Joel Hanrahan (H,5) 0.2011200 6.33
Jesse Chavez (H,9) 0.1100010 3.81
Jeff Karstens 1000100 5.03
Matt Capps 1000000 6.41
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Hart 97-61, Joel Hanrahan 16-5, Jesse Chavez 9-6, Jeff Karstens 14-7, Matt Capps 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Hart 10-1, Jeff Karstens 2-1, Matt Capps 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Hart 26, Joel Hanrahan 4, Jesse Chavez 2, Jeff Karstens 4, Matt Capps 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12478
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Damien Beal, Second Base - Kevin Causey, Third Base - Bob Davidson