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Brewers win in 11th, add to Pirates' road woes

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MILWAUKEE -- Lorenzo Cain will remain a humble rookie, even after knocking in his first game-winning run.

After giving the Brewers an 8-7 victory over the Pirates Saturday night with an 11th-inning single, Cain took a little ribbing in the clubhouse.

"Don't get cocky," Brewers bench coach Willie Randolph shouted to Cain. The 24-year-old center fielder, surrounded by a group of reporters, responded, "You don't have to worry about that."

"It's an awesome feeling," said Cain, who has six RBI in 20 games in two stints with the club this season. He was recalled on Aug. 6 from Triple-A Nashville, taking the roster spot of Carlos Gomez, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion.

Ryan Braun led off the 11th with a single off Wil Ledezma (0-1) and advanced a base when second baseman Neil Walker bobbled Prince Fielder's sharp grounder for an error. Casey McGehee flied out to left before Cain hit a line drive to left for the hit.

Even though the defense was in an exaggerated shift for Fielder, Walker knew it was a play he had to make.

"I probably tried to do too much," Walker said of Fielder's hot shot. "You're in a little bit different position with Fielder up in a shift-type position, but regardless, I've got to catch the ball and try to get the lead runner and at the very least get the out at first. And I didn't do either of those. ... I take the blame."

Milwaukee rallied from three runs down to tie it in the seventh.

Fielder hit his second homer of the game, a two-run shot off Pirates reliever Brian Burres. Cain reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch by reliever Chan Ho Park. He scored on Pedro Alvarez's error to tie it at 7 with two outs.

Pirates manager John Russell attributed the defensive mistakes to the inexperience of his team.

"Those were both tough plays, but they both show our youth a little bit," Russell said. "We just couldn't hang on to the lead and we couldn't get the big hit later."

Kameron Loe (3-3) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless 11th.

Pittsburgh has dropped 12 in a row on the road.

Fielder also had a solo shot in the third for his 20th career two-homer game and his third this season. Twenty-three of Fielder's 28 home runs this season have come with the bases empty.

"He has pop, so that's always a good thing," Cain said of his team's slugging first baseman.

Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo shot in the sixth.

Chris Snyder, Jose Tabata and Walker all homered for the Pirates, who squandered a 7-4 lead in the seventh.

Tabata began the scoring in the first with his fourth homer. After Milwaukee responded with two in the bottom half, Pittsburgh took the lead in the second when Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano issued a bases-loaded walk to Andrew McCutchen and a run-scoring single to Tabata.

Capuano lasted only three innings while allowing six runs on six hits. The 32-year-old lefty was making his third start of the season after replacing Manny Parra in the rotation.

In an effort to protect Capuano's arm, Brewers manager Ken Macha hoped to get five innings from his starter without exceeding 80 pitches.

Pittsburgh foiled that plan as Capuano labored through three innings while throwing 75 pitches.

Notes

  • Pirates optioned LHP Justin Thomas to Triple-A Indianapolis and recalled RHP Charlie Morton, who will make his 11th start of the season on Sunday for Pittsburgh.
  • Tabata's first inning homer extended his hitting streak to seven.
  • The Brewers have won 27 of their last 29 home games against the Pirates (43-85).
 
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Lorenzo Cain lands the decisive blow, hitting a game-ending single to hand the Pirates their 12th road loss in a row. (AP)
Lorenzo Cain lands the decisive blow, hitting a game-ending single to hand the Pirates their 12th road loss in a row. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Pittsburgh

J. Tabata
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF5001122 .273
Jose Tabata, LF6132010 .318
Neil Walker, 2B6131014 .300
Garrett Jones, 1B6000023 .245
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4220120 .238
Ryan Doumit, RF5120013 .250
Ronny Cedeno, SS3100112 .247
Chris Snyder, C3113200 .221
Zach Duke, P3000023 .075
    Sean Gallagher, P0000000 .000
    Brian Burres, P0000000 .214
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000012 .244
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   b- Andy LaRoche, PH1000000 .214
    Wil Ledezma, P0000000 .000
Totals437117513  
a-struck out for Park in the 8th
b-flied out for Resop in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jose Tabata (17, Axford), Pedro Alvarez (9, Capuano)
HR - Jose Tabata (4, Capuano), Neil Walker (6, McClendon), Chris Snyder (13, Capuano)
SH - Ronny Cedeno (5)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (38), Jose Tabata 2 (21), Neil Walker (42), Chris Snyder 3 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen (13), Jose Tabata (10), Chris Snyder 3 (20)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Pedro Alvarez (10, Misplayed grounder), Neil Walker (6, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Duke 5.1944112 5.17
Sean Gallagher (H,1) 0.2111020 5.60
Brian Burres0111001 5.83
Chan Ho Park (BS,3) 1110010 5.60
Joel Hanrahan 1000130 3.81
Chris Resop 1000010 6.00
Wil Ledezma (L,0-1) 1.1311010 7.43
HBP - Hart (by Zach Duke)
WP - Chan Ho Park (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 100-60, Sean Gallagher 12-9, Brian Burres 5-4, Chan Ho Park 14-9, Joel Hanrahan 19-12, Chris Resop 12-8, Wil Ledezma 33-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 5-10, Chan Ho Park 3-0, Chris Resop 1-1, Wil Ledezma 2-2
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 27, Sean Gallagher 3, Brian Burres 1, Chan Ho Park 5, Joel Hanrahan 4, Chris Resop 3, Wil Ledezma 8
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B6120024 .273
Corey Hart, RF5100035 .284
Ryan Braun, LF4220200 .295
Prince Fielder, 1B6233014 .272
Casey McGehee, 3B6011013 .283
Lorenzo Cain, CF6122002 .302
Alcides Escobar, SS5010013 .250
Jonathan Lucroy, C5121000 .274
Chris Capuano, P1000000 .200
    Manny Parra, P1000012 .182
   a- Carlos Gomez, PH1010000 .230
    Michael McClendon, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Dickerson, PH1000001 .243
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
   c- Craig Counsell, PH1010000 .246
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
Totals48815729  
a-singled for Parra in the 6th
b-grounded out for McClendon in the 7th
c-singled for Hoffman in the 10th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (28, Duke)
HR - Prince Fielder 2 (28, Duke, Burres), Jonathan Lucroy (4, Duke)
RBI - Prince Fielder 3 (68), Casey McGehee (85), Lorenzo Cain 2 (6), Jonathan Lucroy (17)
2-OUT RBI - Lorenzo Cain (1)
SB - Lorenzo Cain (4, 2nd base off Park/Snyder), Carlos Gomez (11, 2nd base off Gallagher/Snyder)
Team LOB - 12
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano 3666352 5.06
Manny Parra 3100030 5.45
Michael McClendon 1111011 2.00
Todd Coffey 1100110 4.05
John Axford 1100110 2.53
Trevor Hoffman 1000000 6.21
Kameron Loe (W,3-3) 1100020 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 75-44, Manny Parra 36-26, Michael McClendon 14-9, Todd Coffey 24-13, John Axford 18-11, Trevor Hoffman 13-8, Kameron Loe 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 2-2, Manny Parra 4-2, Michael McClendon 2-0, Todd Coffey 2-0, John Axford 1-1, Trevor Hoffman 1-2, Kameron Loe 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 18, Manny Parra 10, Michael McClendon 4, Todd Coffey 5, John Axford 5, Trevor Hoffman 3, Kameron Loe 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37782
Game Time - 4:16
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Bill Miller