• My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • World Cup

Pittsburgh at Milwaukee

Scoreboard
Pittsburgh (8-12) «0101000057140
Milwaukee (9-11)001000110380

Pirates rally in ninth to snap 22-game skid in Milwaukee

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

MILWAUKEE -- The Pittsburgh Pirates finally found a way to win in Milwaukee.

Ryan Doumit hit a grand slam and Ronny Cedeno had a solo homer off Trevor Hoffman in a five-run ninth inning to help the Pirates snap a 22-game losing streak in Milwaukee with a 7-3 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night.

Pirates manger John Russell couldn't have been happier with the huge win.

"That's how you break a streak, against one of the best closers in the league," Russell said after the Pirates won at Miller Park for the first time since May 3, 2007. "We battled and found a way to win it. That's important for these guys right now."

The Pirates held a 30-minute team meeting after Monday night's 17-3 drubbing by the Brewers. That was the team's 22nd straight defeat at Miller Park. The Brewers' home winning streak against Pittsburgh was the longest by one team over another since the Indians beat the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles 27 consecutive times from 1952-54.

Cedeno's home run was the catalyst that also snapped a seven-game losing streak for Pittsburgh.

He crushed the second pitch from Hoffman (1-2) over the wall in left to tie the game.

After Andrew McCutchen struck out, Andy Laroche singled for the fourth time and Lastings Millege doubled. Garrett Jones was walked intentionally before Doumit drove a 2-0 pitch into the second-tier of the bleachers for his second career grand slam.

Doumit said that the team just didn't quit, especially after Prince Fielder greeted reliever Javier Lopez with a homer to deep center in the bottom of the eighth to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead.

"You can get actually boat raced one day and come back the next day and put a hurtin' on the same team," Doumit said. "This one feels good. We haven't won here in Milwaukee in three years."

Hoffman took full responsibility for this ugly loss.

"I got it handed to me pretty good," he said. "Prior to that, Randy Wolf pitched a great game. He laid everything out there on the line with 100-plus pitches. The team kept us in the ballgame, which was tight. Prince put us up over the top at the end and into a position to win. I wasnt able to hold it."

Home runs have been Hoffman's downfall in all three blown saves. He's now given up five of them with the win on the line. His ERA skied from 9.00 to 13.50.

"As a whole we lost the ball game and there's really nobody you can point a finger to other than myself," Hoffman said.

Brendan Donnelly (2-0) picked up the win when he relieved Lopez with runners at first and second and two outs. Donnelly retired pinch-hitter Jody Gerut to end the threat.

Randy Wolf pitched an effective eight innings when he scattered 10 hits and stranded nine Pirates. He surrendered a run in the second on a double by Doumit and sacrifice fly by Akinori Iwamura and Jeff Clement's third home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. Wolf struck out four and walked one.

Pirate starter Jeff Karstens, a non-roster invitee to spring training, continued his comeback with a solid first start of the season.

The 27-year-old right-hander was called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Indianapolis. He was 3-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 13 starts last season before the Pirates removed him from the 40-man roster Nov. 20.

Karstens gave up a run on doubles by Wolf and Craig Counsell in the third, but nothing else until George Kottaras hit a game-tying solo shot leading off the seventh. After a walk to Counsell with two outs in the seventh, Karstens gave way to Joel Hanrahan.

"He was a breath of fresh air," Doumit said of Karstens. "Obviously. the last seven days have been pretty trying for us as a team. He was just what the doctor ordered."

Karstens went six 2-3 innings, walked four and struck out four.

Asked if Karstens will get a start on Sunday in Los Angeles, Russell said, "I don't see any reason why not. The kid deserves to."

The Brewers had outscored the Pirates 53-4 in their first four games against each other.

Notes

  • Bob Uecker, who is in his 40th season as the Brewers radio announcer, will have his aortic valve replaced Friday morning. He is expected to miss 10-12 weeks while recovering. At the top of the fifth, the fans cheered when the scoreboard video showed Uecker, 75, in the broadcast booth. He tipped his hat to the crowd.
  • Pirates OF John Raynor was designated for assignment to make room for Karstens.
  • Wearing Brewer uniforms, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and RT Mark Tauscher swung away during batting practice.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
The Pirates pound closer Trevor Hoffman, who yields four hits -- including a grand slam --  in a five-run ninth. (AP)
The Pirates pound closer Trevor Hoffman, who yields four hits -- including a grand slam -- in a five-run ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

R. Doumit
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF5010020 .280
Andy LaRoche, 3B5140000 .400
Lastings Milledge, LF5120001 .230
Garrett Jones, RF4100105 .203
Ryan Doumit, C5234012 .286
Jeff Clement, 1B5131001 .208
Akinori Iwamura, 2B3001113 .192
Jeff Karstens, P2000010 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000002 .200
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
Ronny Cedeno, SS4111002 .242
Totals39714725  
a-grounded out for Hanrahan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Lastings Milledge (5, Hoffman), Ryan Doumit (2, Wolf), Jeff Clement (2, Wolf)
HR - Ryan Doumit (2, Hoffman), Jeff Clement (3, Wolf), Ronny Cedeno (2, Hoffman)
SF - Akinori Iwamura (1)
SH - Jeff Karstens (1)
RBI - Ryan Doumit 4 (8), Jeff Clement (5), Akinori Iwamura (8), Ronny Cedeno (6)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Iwamura-Clement
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jeff Karstens 6.2622441 2.70
Joel Hanrahan 0.1000000 11.81
Javier Lopez 0.2211101 3.38
Brendan Donnelly (W,2-0) 0.1000000 7.00
D.J. Carrasco 1000020 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 101-60, Joel Hanrahan 5-3, Javier Lopez 14-7, Brendan Donnelly 4-2, D.J. Carrasco 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 6-9, Joel Hanrahan 1-0, Javier Lopez 1-1, D.J. Carrasco 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 29, Joel Hanrahan 1, Javier Lopez 5, Brendan Donnelly 1, D.J. Carrasco 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5000022 .284
Craig Counsell, SS4011111 .300
Ryan Braun, LF5010002 .350
Prince Fielder, 1B3111101 .270
Casey McGehee, 3B3000121 .315
Jim Edmonds, CF3010101 .304
Corey Hart, RF4010014 .275
George Kottaras, C3111100 .211
Randy Wolf, P3120000 .462
   a- Alcides Escobar, PH0000000 .284
   b- Jody Gerut, PH1000002 .200
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals3438356  
a-announced for Wolf in the 8th
b-lined out for Escobar in the 8th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (5, Karstens), Corey Hart (3, Lopez), Randy Wolf (1, Karstens)
HR - Prince Fielder (2, Lopez), George Kottaras (2, Karstens)
RBI - Craig Counsell (8), Prince Fielder (9), George Kottaras (6)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Counsell (2)
SB - Ryan Braun (6, 2nd base off Karstens/Doumit)
Team LOB - 9
Milwaukee Brewers
Randy Wolf 81022141 3.34
Trevor Hoffman (BS,3; L,1-2) 1455112 13.50
IBB - G. Jones by Trevor Hoffman
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 116-76, Trevor Hoffman 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 9-11, Trevor Hoffman 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 35, Trevor Hoffman 8
Game Information
Attendance - 28991
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Tim Welke