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Pirates get to Greinke, solve Brewers in nightcap

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates finally restored some equilibrium to their rivalry with the Milwaukee Brewers, if only for a few hours.

Ryan Doumit had a home run and two RBI as the Pirates ended more than a year of futility against the NL Central leaders with a 9-2 victory in the second game of a doubleheader on Monday night.

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The Brewers took the opener 8-1 for their 13th consecutive victory against Pittsburgh, but the Pirates pounded Milwaukee ace Zack Greinke in the second game.

"We were able to do some things we haven't been able to do against them, getting some timely hits, getting some hits with runners in scoring position, running the bases aggressively," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Greinke (12-5) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings in losing for the first time in a month. The defeat was only the fourth in the past 23 games for the NL Central-leading Brewers.

Daniel McCutchen (4-3) earned the victory in relief of spot starter Brad Lincoln, who held the surging Brewers to two runs over six innings. Pittsburgh beat the Brewers for the first time since July 21, 2010.

The Brewers have been baseball's best team over the past month, thanks in part to Greinke. The right-hander came in 5-0 in his past five starts with a 1.58 ERA and was a perfect 3-0 in his career against the Pirates.

Not anymore.

Greinke ran into trouble in the seventh as the Pirates let out a year of frustration, scoring a season-high seven runs in the inning. There wasn't one big hit, but a series of little ones.

A bout of unexpected wildness from Greinke helped Pittsburgh. The former Cy Young winner hit Matt Diaz with a pitch, and he later came around to score on a wild pitch.

"Things just fell apart that inning," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "I think when he hit Diaz, that started it, but after that, we just fell apart."

Jose Tabata added two hits for the Pirates to finish with five in the doubleheader. The 23-year-old outfielder is 7 for 13 since signing a six-year contract extension on Sunday.

"He hasn't missed a click," Hurdle said.

Pittsburgh's outburst seemed unlikely after the Brewers romped to victory in the opener and quickly jumped on Lincoln in the nightcap. Corey Hart led off the game with his 19th homer of the season and the Brewers added a second run on an RBI groundout by Prince Fielder.

Yet Lincoln settled down after that, allowing just one hit over his final five innings.

"I just wanted to give my team a chance to win and get deep into the game," Lincoln said.

He did more than enough to impress Hurdle, who said Lincoln will join the rotation temporarily after starter Kevin Correia was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained oblique.

Even with the loss the Brewers saw their lead over second-place St. Louis rise to nine games, the club's largest-ever lead in the standings.

"When you're on the road, you're playing a doubleheader, you're fine with a split," Roenicke said. "I mean, hey, you would have liked to have won two games and played a solid game all the way through, but some things happened."

In the opener, left-hander Chris Narveson came off the disabled list and pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning. He also knocked in two runs.

Narveson gave up five hits, walked one and struck out three before being forced to leave with one out in the sixth after the nail on his left middle finger started to tear.

It's the second finger-related injury Narveson (9-6) has sustained this month. He lacerated his left thumb while repairing his glove two weeks ago, sending him to the 15-day DL.

The nail shouldn't be as troublesome, though he took a good ribbing from his teammates.

"[Randy Wolf] said he was going to send me to a manicurist," Narveson said.

Ryan Braun hit his 25th home run for the Brewers. Pirates starter Jeff Karstens (9-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Narveson made a contribution with his bat, giving Milwaukee the lead in the fourth.

Karstens intentionally walked Craig Counsell to load the bases with two outs. Narveson fell behind 1-2 before hitting a curveball to right for a two-run single.

"It was probably too good a pitch for him to take," Karstens said. "I've got to make better pitches than that in that situation."

Narveson cruised into the sixth before grimacing after his nail bent awkwardly while he was pitching to Steve Pearce. Though he wanted to stay in after throwing just 85 pitches, Narveson didn't think it was worth the risk.

"I knew if I threw one pitch and it ended it up catching it good and pulling it back or pulling it off, I knew I'd be in big trouble," he said. "I figured, I think we caught it and it should be good."

Narveson gave way to Kameron Loe, and Milwaukee's bullpen limited the Pirates to one run over the final 3 2/3 innings.

Ryan Ludwick hit his 12th home run of the season, and first since being acquired by the Pirates just before the trade deadline.

Notes

  • The series continues on Tuesday. Marco Estrada (3-8, 4.28 ERA) will start for the Brewers while Ross Ohlendorf (0-0, 7.27 ERA) gets the nod for the Pirates.
  • Estrada, a part-time reliever, is 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA in his six starts this year.
  • Ohlendorf will be making his first start since April 8, when he left the game with discomfort in his left shoulder and was placed on the disabled list.
  • Milwaukee OF Carlos Gomez will take batting practice Tuesday for the first time since fracturing his left clavicle while making a diving catch in Arizona on July 20.
  • Milwaukee 2B Rickie Weeks ran on a treadmill as he continues to recover from a severely sprained ankle.
 
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Pittsburgh's Jose Tabata, who goes 5 for 9 in the doubleheader, scores in the first inning in Game 2 on a Neil Walker hit.  (AP)
Pittsburgh's Jose Tabata, who goes 5 for 9 in the doubleheader, scores in the first inning in Game 2 on a Neil Walker hit. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Hart
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

R. Doumit
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF4121002 .271
Nyjer Morgan, CF3110001 .306
Ryan Braun, LF4000001 .326
    Jerry Hairston Jr., LF0000000 .267
Prince Fielder, 1B3001111 .300
    Mark Kotsay, 1B0000000 .259
Casey McGehee, 3B4000002 .240
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000001 .258
    Craig Counsell, SS1000000 .173
Jonathan Lucroy, C4010011 .282
Josh Wilson, 2B4000011 .244
Zack Greinke, P2000110 .176
    Frankie De La Cruz, P0000000 .000
Totals3224224  
Batting
HR - Corey Hart (19, Lincoln)
RBI - Corey Hart (46), Prince Fielder (99)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (8, 2nd base off Lincoln/Doumit)
Team LOB - 6
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (L,12-5) 6.1777141 4.22
Frankie De La Cruz 1.2322100 3.86
HBP - Diaz (by Zack Greinke)
WP - Zack Greinke 2 (8), Frankie De La Cruz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 97-63, Frankie De La Cruz 43-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-8, Frankie De La Cruz 2-3
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 28, Frankie De La Cruz 9
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Tabata, LF-RF5221001 .280
Xavier Paul, CF-RF^CF4111000 .263
Neil Walker, 2B3111100 .277
Ryan Doumit, C4122001 .290
Garrett Jones, 1B3111011 .246
Matt Diaz, RF3110010 .264
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
Josh Harrison, 3B4111002 .266
Ronny Cedeno, SS4010012 .253
Brad Lincoln, P2000011 .000
    Daniel McCutchen, P0000000 .000
   a- Andrew McCutchen, PH-CF1100100 .271
    Ryan Ludwick, LF0000000 .242
Totals33910724  
a-walked (wild pitch) for D. McCutchen in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Tabata (16, Greinke), Josh Harrison (5, Greinke)
HR - Ryan Doumit (7, Greinke)
SF - Garrett Jones (3)
RBI - Jose Tabata (18), Xavier Paul (18), Neil Walker (73), Ryan Doumit 2 (21), Garrett Jones (50), Josh Harrison (6)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Harrison-Walker-Doumit-Lincoln
E - Ronny Cedeno (11, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Lincoln 6322111 4.58
Daniel McCutchen (W,4-3) 1100100 2.84
Chris Leroux 2000030 1.13
HBP - Morgan (by Chris Leroux)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Lincoln 76-49, Daniel McCutchen 19-10, Chris Leroux 28-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Lincoln 12-6, Daniel McCutchen 1-2, Chris Leroux 1-2
Batters Faced - Brad Lincoln 23, Daniel McCutchen 5, Chris Leroux 7
Game Information
Attendance - 19380
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Chris Conroy