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Brewers 8, Pirates 2

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MILWAUKEE -- Home runs helped the Milwaukee Brewers' win, but so did catching a couple of breaks.

Prince Fielder, Brandon Boggs and Ryan Braun each hit solo home runs and the Brewers pulled away from the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2 on Saturday.

Fielder and Boggs homered in the fourth inning off Jeff Karstens (2-2) as the Brewers defeated Pittsburgh for the eighth straight time overall. Milwaukee also has won eight in a row against the Pirates at Miller Park.

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Milwaukee caught two breaks in the seventh.

LaTroy Hawkins came on in relief of Chris Naverson (2-3) to start the inning, and the Pirates were trailing 2-1 with runners on first and second when Neil Walker grounded sharply to Rickie Weeks. The second baseman tossed to Craig Counsell for a forceout, and the shortstop's relay beat Walker in a very close play. Manager Clint Hurdle ran out to argue the call and was tossed.

Hurdle said the umpire told him Walker was out.

"I said he missed the play," Hurdle said. "I felt it was a tie at the worst. He didn't see it that way."

Fielder took the opposite view.

"He was out," Fielder said. "When they did it on super slow-mo, it was bang-bang, but he was out."

In their half of the inning, the Brewers broke the game open, helped by an error from third baseman Pedro Alvarez and a close play at the plate.

Pinch-hitter Corey Hart opened with a double off reliever Daniel McCutchen and tried to advance on Weeks' grounder to shortstop Ronny Cedeno. Alvarez missed Cedeno's throw, putting runners at the corners.

Joe Beimel came on to face Counsell, who bunted back to the mound. Hart beat Beimel's throw to catcher Ryan Doumit, and Counsell reached on the sacrifice. After a walk loaded the bases, Fielder hit an RBI single.

Hurdle saw Hart slide watching the monitor in the clubhouse, and disagreed with that call, too.

"The guy still hasn't touched the plate," Hurdle said. "Still hasn't touched it."

Casey McGehee greeted Jose Veras with a two-run double and Jonathan Lucroy drove in another run with a bloop single to finish the scoring.

Braun hit his 11th homer in the eighth.

Chris Narveson (2-3) ended his three-game losing streak. He gave up one run and four hits in six innings.

"I don't think his record shows really how he's pitched," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Lyle Overbay hit a solo home run in the eighth for Pittsburgh. Jose Tabata had a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Notes

Milwaukee has won 32 of the last 35 against Pittsburgh at Miller Park. ... Fielder's solo shot in the fourth was his ninth of the season. He scored his 500th career run. ... Brewers RHP Zack Greinke will make his third start of the season and second at Miller Park. His only career appearance against Pittsburgh came with the Kansas City Royals in a 3-2 win at PNC Park on June 28, 2009. ... Pirates RHP Evan Meeks, who is one the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Indianapolis.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

C. Narveson
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 4
K 5
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF5020002 .234
Jose Tabata, LF2001200 .225
Neil Walker, 2B4010113 .285
Ryan Doumit, C4000103 .275
Matt Diaz, RF4010012 .239
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Jose Ascanio, P0000000 .000
   a- Garrett Jones, PH0000100 .253
Lyle Overbay, 1B5111003 .231
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4010022 .200
Ronny Cedeno, SS2110210 .222
Jeff Karstens, P1010000 .154
   b- Steve Pearce, PH1000012 .263
    Daniel McCutchen, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Xavier Paul, RF1000001 .263
Totals3328276  
a-walked for Ascanio in the 9th
b-struck out for Karstens in the 6th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (7, Hawkins), Pedro Alvarez (6, Narveson)
HR - Lyle Overbay (3, Stetter)
SF - Jose Tabata (2)
SH - Jeff Karstens (2)
RBI - Jose Tabata (7), Lyle Overbay (14)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Walker-Cedeno-Overbay
E - Pedro Alvarez (6, Missed catch of throw)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Karstens (L,2-2) 5522152 3.62
Daniel McCutchen 1321100 0.56
Joe Beimel0132100 4.35
Jose Veras 1200120 3.06
Jose Ascanio 1111001 4.50
IBB - Boggs by Daniel McCutchen, Boggs by Jose Veras
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 69-51, Daniel McCutchen 21-11, Joe Beimel 11-5, Jose Veras 30-17, Jose Ascanio 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 8-2, Daniel McCutchen 3-0, Joe Beimel 1-0, Jose Ascanio 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 21, Daniel McCutchen 7, Joe Beimel 3, Jose Veras 6, Jose Ascanio 4
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B5110023 .292
Craig Counsell, SS4111001 .238
Ryan Braun, LF4211102 .301
Prince Fielder, 1B4222100 .288
Casey McGehee, 3B5022012 .271
Mark Kotsay, RF4020002 .250
Brandon Boggs, CF2111201 .200
Jonathan Lucroy, C4011022 .321
Chris Narveson, P2000011 .067
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   a- Corey Hart, PH2110013 .234
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    Mike McClendon, P0000000 .000
Totals36812847  
a-doubled for Hawkins in the 7th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (1, Karstens), Casey McGehee (10, Veras), Mark Kotsay (3, D. McCutchen), Corey Hart (4, D. McCutchen)
HR - Ryan Braun (11, Ascanio), Prince Fielder (9, Karstens), Brandon Boggs (2, Karstens)
SH - Craig Counsell (2)
RBI - Craig Counsell (3), Ryan Braun (29), Prince Fielder 2 (31), Casey McGehee 2 (19), Brandon Boggs (2), Jonathan Lucroy (12)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Boggs (1)
SB - Mark Kotsay (1, 2nd base off Karstens/Doumit)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Counsell-Fielder
E - Craig Counsell (1, Dropped line drive)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Narveson (W,2-3) 6411450 4.00
LaTroy Hawkins (H,3) 1100200 1.04
Mitch Stetter 0.2211011 5.14
Kameron Loe 0.1000000 5.71
Mike McClendon 1100100 4.05
IBB - Cedeno by Chris Narveson
WP - Chris Narveson (2), Kameron Loe (3), Mike McClendon (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 111-64, LaTroy Hawkins 22-11, Mitch Stetter 23-15, Kameron Loe 5-3, Mike McClendon 26-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 8-6, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0, Kameron Loe 1-0, Mike McClendon 3-0
Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 27, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Mitch Stetter 4, Kameron Loe 1, Mike McClendon 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42422
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez