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Brewers complete sweep of slumping Pirates

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers are playing so well right now that the team is finding new ways to win.

Stymied by Pittsbugh Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton for seven innings, the Brewers used a wild pitch to help tie the game in the eighth inning and then a game-ending sacrifice fly to grab a 2-1 win in 10 innings over the struggling Pirates and a series sweep.

Jose Verdes relieved Morton with a runner on second in the eighth inning and retired Casey McGehee on a flyout. Joel Hanrahan was then brought in and struck out Nyjer Morgan, but the ball bounced away from catcher Michael McKenry and Morgan reached first base. Hanrahan was charged with a wild pitch on the play.

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Ryan Braun then singled up the middle to score pinch runner Jerry Hairston Jr. to tie the game 1-1. Hanrahan was able to get Prince Fielder to fly out to end the inning.

"That was a huge break for us," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "When things are going great for a team, you seem to get a lot of these types of breaks."

With one out in the 10th inning, George Kottaras singled to left field and Casey McGehee followed with a double. Morgan then hit the first pitch from Chris Resop (3-4) to deep right field and Kottaras scored easily for the win.

The Brewers lead the Central Division by five games over the St. Louis Cardinals and have a 25-9 record since July 6, which is the best in the Major Leagues. The team is now 19 games over .500 for the first time since September 12, 2008.

Braun said the Brewers have confidence they will find a way to win close games.

"We've been finding different ways to win all season, but this one was one of the most unconventional," he said. "We have a lot of confidence that someone will step up and make a difference."

That person Sunday was Morgan, who hustled to first on the wild pitch and then hit the game-winning sacrifice fly.

"I was just trying to get a pitch to hit to the outfield," said Morgan, who admitted he almost forgot to run to first base on his sacrifice fly. "I was so fired up I didn't run at first, until I heard my teammates yelling at me to get to first."

The Brewers have now won all eight games against the Pirates this season and 12 straight over the last two years at Miller Park. The last time the Pirates won at Miller Park was April 28, 2010. The Pirates have won just two of the team's last 36 games in Milwaukee.

Takashi Saito (3-1) got the win for the Brewers as he pitched a scoreless 10th inning.

Shaun Marcum was solid for the Brewers as he gave us just one run and five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two batters.

Morton gave up one run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings. He was charged with a run in the eighth inning, ending his 24 innings scoreless streak. Morton struck out five and walked two.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the wild pitch was an unfortunate mistake.

"It was a great pitch and unfortunately and, as good as our catcher has been, at blocking balls, it was probably wasn't the textbook way to go at that one," he said. "We had the right guy in, the situation presented itself, we moved on it and it didn't work out."

The Pirates grabbed the lead in the first inning on Andrew McCutchen's RBI double.

Morton dominated the Brewers through the first five innings. After getting a double play to end the second inning, he retired eight of the next nine batters. The only player to reach base was Yuniesky Betancourt, who singled to open the fifth inning. But Betancourt was thrown out at second by McKenry on a failed hit and run.

Notes

  • Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks took groundballs before the game. Weeks has been on the disabled list since severely spraining his left ankle July 27. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Weeks looked good, but he did not have a timetable for his return.
  • Brewers LHP Randy Wolf (9-8) will pitch the opener of the Brewers home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday. Wolf has won his last three starts with a 2.57 ERA. He will be opposed by the Dodgers' Ted Lilly (7-12).
  • Morton got his second hit of the season in the third inning, lining a double over Morgan's head. Both of his hits this season have been doubles.
 
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Brewers teammates mob Nyjer Morgan after his 10th inning sacrifice fly completes a series sweep over Pittsburgh. (AP)
Brewers teammates mob Nyjer Morgan after his 10th inning sacrifice fly completes a series sweep over Pittsburgh. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

S. Marcum
IP 7.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Xavier Paul, RF5010001 .269
Garrett Jones, 1B2110210 .244
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   a- Josh Harrison, PH0000000 .263
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
Andrew McCutchen, CF5011025 .271
Neil Walker, 2B4000105 .267
Ryan Ludwick, LF4000111 .240
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3000000 .197
    Brandon Wood, 3B2000014 .217
Ronny Cedeno, SS4020010 .252
Michael McKenry, C4000023 .247
Charlie Morton, P3010000 .050
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Steve Pearce, 1B1000012 .213
Totals3716149  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Hanrahan in the 10th
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones (23, Marcum), Andrew McCutchen (30, Marcum), Charlie Morton (2, Marcum)
SH - Josh Harrison (2)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (68)
SB - Xavier Paul (14, 2nd base off Marcum/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Alvarez-G. Jones
E - Andrew McCutchen (7, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Charlie Morton 7.1411250 3.43
Jose Veras (H,21) 0.1000000 3.27
Joel Hanrahan (BS,2) 1.1100030 1.03
Chris Resop (L,3-4) 0.2211000 4.10
HBP - Counsell (by Charlie Morton)
WP - Joel Hanrahan (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 99-60, Jose Veras 3-2, Joel Hanrahan 23-16, Chris Resop 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 11-4
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 27, Jose Veras 1, Joel Hanrahan 6, Chris Resop 4
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Felipe Lopez, 3B3000000 .210
   a- Casey McGehee, PH-3B2010001 .239
Nyjer Morgan, CF3001120 .317
Ryan Braun, LF3021110 .326
Prince Fielder, 1B4000005 .305
Mark Kotsay, RF4010000 .258
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010011 .270
Craig Counsell, 2B3000030 .151
Jonathan Lucroy, C3010001 .285
    Jerry Hairston Jr., PR0100000 .255
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
   b- Corey Hart, PH1000000 .272
Shaun Marcum, P2000010 .156
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   c- Josh Wilson, PH0000000 .266
    George Kottaras, C1110000 .232
Totals3327228  
a-flied out for F. Lopez in the 8th
b-flied out for Saito in the 10th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Hawkins in the 8th
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee (19, Resop)
SF - Nyjer Morgan (3)
SH - Josh Wilson (2)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (28), Ryan Braun (77)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (19)
CS - Yuniesky Betancourt (4, 2nd base by Morton/McKenry)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Prince Fielder (12, Misplayed grounder), Casey McGehee (16, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum 7.2511250 3.50
LaTroy Hawkins 0.1000000 1.67
John Axford 1100030 2.40
Takashi Saito (W,3-1) 1000210 2.35
IBB - Walker by Takashi Saito
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 116-76, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, John Axford 22-14, Takashi Saito 23-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 7-11, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0, John Axford 1-0, Takashi Saito 3-0
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 30, LaTroy Hawkins 1, John Axford 5, Takashi Saito 6
Game Information
Attendance - 45103
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - John Hirschbeck