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Pittsburgh at Milwaukee

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Pittsburgh (56-61)000000020261
Milwaukee (68-51) «01201003x7120

Brewers 7, Pirates 2

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle needed to take another look at Brewers starter Zack Greinke, so between innings he slipped into the clubhouse to watch the replay monitor.

The 2009 AL Cy Young winner was picture perfect no matter the view.

Greinke (11-4) remained undefeated at Miller Park this season to lift the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

"He had all four pitches working, good command, very impressive outing," Hurdle said.

Milwaukee built a 4-0 lead off Paul Maholm (6-13) before the Pirates rallied for two runs to chase Greinke, only to have Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder answer right back with consecutive homers.

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"That was a good push back for us. That is why we wanted a shut down inning," Hurdle said. "I felt that we could go out there and get a shut down inning and take a crack at it in the ninth. That didn't happen."

Milwaukee won its 10th straight at Miller Park against Pittsburgh and is a major league best 42-15 at home this year. The Pirates are 11 games back in the NL Central and continue their skid out of contention with their 14th loss in 17 games.

"They are hot right now, we are not," Maholm said. "Whenever you are hot, everything goes your way. When you are not, it just seems like the smallest thing is magnified a ton."

Greinke is 8-0 with a 3.36 ERA in 10 starts in Milwaukee this year. He allowed a first-inning single to Xavier Paul before retiring 11 straight -- including five consecutive strikeouts to finish two short of the franchise record set by Steve Woodard in 1999.

Greinke struck out nine and retired 11 straight at one point as Milwaukee maintained its four-game lead over St. Louis in the division race.

Pittsburgh finally figured out Greinke with run-scoring doubles by Michael McKenry and Andrew McCutchen in the eighth.

But Braun, who also hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth, led off the bottom of the inning with a homer and Fielder hit another fastball from Joe Beimel to right field for his 28th home run the season.

Jonathan Lucroy added a two-out RBI single off Jose Veras for the final margin.

"They capitalize on opportunities. Offensively at home, they got a lot of confidence," Hurdle said. "They never feel like they are out of an at bat, out of a count. I have been on some teams like that and it is a strong feeling to have."

Pittsburgh trailed 4-0 when Josh Wilson singled in a run in the second, Casey McGehee tripled in two more in the third and Braun hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth. The Pirates are 3-34 in Milwaukee since 2007.

"Until we win a series or we do something good here, obviously we are going to have to answer the same questions," Maholm said.

Notes

Pittsburgh went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. ... Maholm lost his fourth straight. ... The Pirates activated RHP Ross Ohlendorf from the 60-day disabled list and immediately optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. Ohlendorf has been out since April with a strained shoulder. ... Brewers RHP Marco Estrada (2-8, 4.80 ERA) faces RHP Kevin Correia (12-10, 4.78) in Saturday's game. Estrada is starting after LHP Chris Narveson was placed on the 15-day DL after cutting his thumb and needing eight stitches.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

M. McKenry
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF4011011 .274
Xavier Paul, RF4010012 .267
Garrett Jones, 1B4000021 .245
Neil Walker, 2B4000000 .272
Ryan Ludwick, LF3000120 .242
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3000011 .203
Ronny Cedeno, SS3110001 .248
Michael McKenry, C3121010 .254
Paul Maholm, P1000010 .111
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1010000 .270
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Doumit, PH1000011 .284
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
Totals31262110  
a-singled for Maholm in the 6th
b-struck out for Grilli in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (29, Greinke), Michael McKenry (9, Greinke)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (67), Michael McKenry (9)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen (14)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Pedro Alvarez (13, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Paul Maholm (L,6-13) 5743000 3.60
Jason Grilli 2000030 4.50
Joe Beimel0222002 5.01
Jose Veras 1311000 3.29
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 95-65, Jason Grilli 22-16, Joe Beimel 8-4, Jose Veras 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 9-7, Jose Veras 2-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 23, Jason Grilli 6, Joe Beimel 2, Jose Veras 6
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF5100012 .273
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF-2B4000001 .260
Ryan Braun, LF3222000 .323
Prince Fielder, 1B4231000 .308
Casey McGehee, 3B4122001 .237
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4110001 .270
Josh Wilson, 2B3011000 .266
   a- Nyjer Morgan, PH-CF1000001 .321
Jonathan Lucroy, C4021010 .285
Zack Greinke, P3000012 .194
    Francisco Rodriguez, P1010000 .500
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
Totals36712703  
a-grounded out for Wilson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yuniesky Betancourt (20, Veras)
3B - Casey McGehee (2, Maholm)
HR - Ryan Braun (22, Beimel), Prince Fielder (27, Beimel)
SF - Ryan Braun (3)
RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (76), Prince Fielder (89), Casey McGehee 2 (53), Josh Wilson (5), Jonathan Lucroy (49)
2-OUT RBI - Casey McGehee 2 (28), Josh Wilson (3), Jonathan Lucroy (25)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Betancourt, Betancourt-Wilson-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (W,11-4) 7.2622190 4.08
Francisco Rodriguez (H,7) 0.1000000 2.95
Kameron Loe 1000010 3.90
WP - Zack Greinke (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 112-74, Francisco Rodriguez 2-1, Kameron Loe 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 8-4, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0, Kameron Loe 1-1
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 28, Francisco Rodriguez 1, Kameron Loe 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41820
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Laz Diaz