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Milwaukee (43-53)111000000370
Pittsburgh (34-60) «20062221x15182

Pirates 15, Brewers 3

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PITTSBURGH -- Prized Pittsburgh rookie Pedro Alvarez is finally hitting. So are the rest of the Pirates.

Alvarez had two home runs for the second consecutive game and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 15-3 Wednesday night.

The No. 2 overall draft pick from 2008 hit a two-run homer to center in the fifth and a solo shot off the right-field pole in the eighth, giving him seven in his past 14 games.

"Obviously, those first few weeks, it's a million miles an hour, and as time goes on you get used to it a little bit more and more," Alvarez said. "You kind of just play and not try to do too much, and that's what's going on right now."

Delwyn Young had a home run and a career-high five RBI to help Pittsburgh win for the fourth time in five games. On Tuesday, Alvarez had a grand slam and a solo homer in the Pirates' 11-9 win over Milwaukee.

"I think we're going to need a little advice on how to pitch to Alvarez," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

The Pirates entered the All-Star break last in the National League in runs, batting average and homers but have scored 47 runs on 55 hits in their past four wins.

"It's a nice change of pace form what we had been going through," said rookie second baseman Neil Walker, who had two hits and two RBI. "We're really hoping this will carry us through the near and distant future."

George Kottaras homered for the Brewers, who had a starting pitcher allow more then 10 runs for the third time in four games.

"That's no fun," Macha said. "You want to sit there where I sit? That's no fun."

Pittsburgh has won four of five and improved its home record to 23-22 -- despite being 26 games under .500 overall.

Randy Wolf (7-9) allowed a career-high 12 runs and 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings, and his ERA went from 4.56 to 5.20.

"I didn't do my job today," said Wolf, who volunteered to the Brewers coaching staff to stay in the game to save a beleaguered bullpen. "It's extremely frustrating. I was getting to the point I liked the way I was throwing the ball, and then you have a day like today where you just get killed."

Zach Duke (4-9) had lost eight of his previous nine decisions but snapped a five-decision home losing streak by allowing three runs, two earned, on six in six-plus innings.

Pittsburgh had scored only 18 total runs in his past eight starts combined.

"Our offense is really fun to watch right now," Duke said. "It was just a matter of keeping it close until we exploded."

The Pirates, who had a nine-run first inning Tuesday, scored six in the fourth Wednesday and only had two scoreless innings out of eight.

Young -- in the lineup only because Andrew McCutchen is out with a shoulder injury -- hit a three-run homer in the fourth and had RBI singles in the first and sixth innings.

"Hitting's contagious and hopefully it continues over days and days and weeks and months and keep going from there," Young said. "The energy is good in here right now.

"The first guy gets a hit, you want to move him over and drive him in, the next guy gets a hit and it keeps snowballing ... The hard part is just keeping the momentum."

The last time the Pirates had a player with five RBI in two straight games was May 3-4, 1973, when Al Oliver had six May 3 at San Francisco and Rennie Stennett drive in five the next day in San Diego.

Notes

Brewers Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Bob Uecker will be back in the booth in Milwaukee on Friday, just three months after heart surgery. The 75-year-old broadcaster underwent surgery April 30 to replace his aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending aorta. ... Pirates C Ryan Doumit left the game after three innings due to feeling light-headed and nauseated. Doumit, replaced by Erik Kratz, missed Tuesday's game after taking a foul ball off his mask during Monday's game. ... Milledge extended his hitting streak to nine games.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

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

G. Kottaras
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B4100112 .274
Corey Hart, RF4010012 .290
Ryan Braun, LF4110004 .288
Prince Fielder, 1B3000001 .262
Casey McGehee, 3B2011100 .273
Carlos Gomez, CF3011013 .240
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Inglett, PH1000001 .319
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
Alcides Escobar, SS4000013 .242
George Kottaras, C4121000 .211
Randy Wolf, P2000010 .250
    Lorenzo Cain, CF2010010 .600
Totals3337326  
a-flied out for Riske in the 8th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (21, Duke)
HR - George Kottaras (8, Duke)
SF - Casey McGehee (4)
RBI - Casey McGehee (55), Carlos Gomez (21), George Kottaras (22)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Weeks-Fielder
PB - George Kottaras (3)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf (L,7-9) 5.2131212242 5.20
David Riske 1.1422110 3.60
Kameron Loe 1111111 1.65
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 108-78, David Riske 31-20, Kameron Loe 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-6, David Riske 1-2, Kameron Loe 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 31, David Riske 9, Kameron Loe 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Tabata, CF4321102 .266
Delwyn Young, RF4235100 .258
Neil Walker, 2B5022000 .314
Garrett Jones, 1B4220114 .271
Pedro Alvarez, 3B5333012 .259
Lastings Milledge, LF5221001 .285
Ryan Doumit, C1000010 .258
    Erik Kratz, C3000123 .167
Ronny Cedeno, SS5221001 .246
Zach Duke, P3110002 .111
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
   a- Andy LaRoche, PH1011000 .232
    Sean Gallagher, P1000011 .000
Totals4115181446  
a-singled for Donnelly in the 7th
Batting
2B - Neil Walker (14, Wolf), Lastings Milledge (19, Wolf)
HR - Delwyn Young (4, Wolf), Pedro Alvarez 2 (7, Wolf, Loe)
RBI - Jose Tabata (12), Delwyn Young 5 (24), Neil Walker 2 (19), Pedro Alvarez 3 (20), Lastings Milledge (30), Ronny Cedeno (19), Andy LaRoche (14)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Tabata (6), Delwyn Young 3 (14), Neil Walker (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Walker-G. Jones
E - Pedro Alvarez (4, Throwing), Delwyn Young (4, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Duke (W,4-9) 6632231 5.22
Brendan Donnelly 1000020 5.28
Sean Gallagher 2100010 5.06
HBP - Fielder (by Zach Duke)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 102-65, Brendan Donnelly 18-12, Sean Gallagher 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 9-6, Sean Gallagher 3-2
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 27, Brendan Donnelly 3, Sean Gallagher 7
Game Information
Attendance - 13532
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Derryl Cousins