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PITTSBURGH -- Mark Rogers was frustrated with himself. He derided his lack of consistency and command. Remarked after the game how he "missed my fair share" of pitches, too.
All he did was toss five shutout innings.
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Rogers was inefficient, throwing 101 pitches. But he allowed only three hits and three walks in helping the Brewers win for the fifth time in six games.
"To pitch like that and still throw up all the zeros he did, that's good," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's hard to do, get people on the bases and you keep them there. It does say a lot for him being able to make pitches when he needed to."
Bedard (7-14) lasted only 4 2/3 innings and leads the majors in losses.
The Pirates have lost five of six. They trail St. Louis by two games for the second NL wild-card spot, with the Cardinals coming to PNC Park for a three-game series starting Monday night.
Milwaukee entered this series having gone 1-14 on the road since the All-Star break but took two of three.
Rogers (2-1) won six days after picking up his first victory in the majors. He struck out five, not allowing a baserunner to reach third base during his outing. The fifth overall pick of the 2004 draft, he was making his eighth career start and sixth this season.
"I was a little frustrated with myself," Rogers said. "Today was a battle, and I was able to get through it unscathed, fortunately. I was able to execute pitches when I needed to, and I think that can make a big difference in the game."
Manny Parra pitched the sixth and seventh, Jose Veras struck out three around a walk in the eighth and Kameron Loe closed out the Brewers' sixth shutout.
Jonathan Lucroy added three hits for the Brewers. Josh Harrison had two hits for Pittsburgh, which was shut out for the 11th time.
Bedard did not allow a hit through 3 2/3 innings, but six of the final nine batters he faced did have a hit and each scored.
"I made some good pitches, and then they starting hitting the ball around and scored runs," Bedard said.
Two-out singles by Corey Hart and Lucroy in the fourth preceded Gomez's 13th home run.
Rogers led off the next inning with a double and scored on Rickie Weeks' one-out single. Two batters later, Ramirez hit his 18th homer.
"Sometimes, it's like that," Gomez said. "One thing happens in a game and everybody gets excited and wants to swing the bats better. It's just somebody has to start it."
Formerly with Pittsburgh, Ramirez went 6 for 12 in the series with an extra-base hit in each game. His 62 extra-base hits lead the National League.
The Pirates have lost 12 of 17, falling from 2 ½ games back in the NL Central to eight behind.
"I would not say we're not focused," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I wouldn't say that's an accurate statement. We're just not playing well.
"We've got to play better to win. And they know that. There's nobody who knows it better than them."
Before the game, the Pirates activated LHP Hisanori Takahashi to the active roster and placed RHP Chad Qualls on the disabled list with irritation of his left big toe. Claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Takahashi pitched a perfect eighth. ... A day after leaving a game with groin discomfort, Pirates OF Jose Tabata pinch hit. Hurdle said Tabata was available to play the field if needed, too. ... The crowd of 36,626 was the 16th sellout of the season at PNC Park. The stadium record is 19. ... Looking for their first winning season or playoff berth since 1992, the Pirates open what is arguably their biggest series in two decades Monday against the Cardinals. Aces start it out: Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett (15-4, 3.63 ERA) and Kyle Lohse (13-2, 2.61) of St. Louis. ... The Brewers embark on a four-game series in Chicago. Milwaukee swept the Cubs at home prior to arriving in Pittsburgh.
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|Norichika Aoki, RF||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.277|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||1||1||1||1||0||1||.212|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.302|
|a- Nyjer Morgan, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.240|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.291|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jeff Bianchi, PH-2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Corey Hart, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.273|
|c- Martin Maldonado, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||3||1||3||0||1||0||0||.333|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||1||1||3||0||0||4||.247|
|Jean Segura, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.193|
|Mark Rogers, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|d- Travis Ishikawa, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.260|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Cody Ransom, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|a-grounded into a double play for Braun in the 9th|
|b-doubled for Veras in the 9th|
|c-grounded out for Hart in the 9th|
|d-walked for Rogers in the 6th|
|e-fouled out for Parra in the 8th|
|2B - Jeff Bianchi (1, Resop), Mark Rogers (2, Bedard)|
|3B - Jean Segura (1, Correia)|
|HR - Aramis Ramirez (18, Bedard), Carlos Gomez (13, Bedard)|
|SF - Norichika Aoki (3)|
|RBI - Norichika Aoki (31), Rickie Weeks (45), Aramis Ramirez 2 (77), Carlos Gomez 3 (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez 2 (35), Carlos Gomez 3 (20)|
|SB - Carlos Gomez 2 (26, 2nd base off Bedard/Barajas, 3rd base off Bedard/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Rogers-Weeks-Hart|
|E - Corey Hart (4, Missed catch of throw), Cody Ransom (6, Throwing), Jean Segura (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Mark Rogers (W,2-1)||5||3||0||0||3||5||0||4.28|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Rogers 101-57, Manny Parra 25-18, Jose Veras 21-11, Kameron Loe 18-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Rogers 5-5, Manny Parra 2-3, Kameron Loe 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Mark Rogers 21, Manny Parra 9, Jose Veras 4, Kameron Loe 5|
|Travis Snider, LF||3||0||0||0||2||0||2||.278|
|Neil Walker, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||.280|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||4||0||0||0||1||2||4||.343|
|Garrett Jones, RF||3||0||1||0||1||2||0||.285|
|Jeff Clement, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|a- Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.214|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||2||0||.237|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.202|
|Josh Harrison, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.236|
|Erik Bedard, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.108|
|Kevin Correia, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.147|
|b- Jordy Mercer, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Hisanori Takahashi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Resop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jose Tabata, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.236|
|a-struck out for Clement in the 6th|
|b-fouled out for Correia in the 7th|
|c-grounded out for Resop in the 9th|
|2B - Garrett Jones (23, Rogers)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Walker-G. Sanchez|
|Erik Bedard (L,7-14)||4.2||6||6||6||2||3||2||5.01|
|Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 84-57, Kevin Correia 33-20, Hisanori Takahashi 6-3, Chris Resop 12-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 8-3, Kevin Correia 3-4, Hisanori Takahashi 1-2, Chris Resop 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 22, Kevin Correia 12, Hisanori Takahashi 3, Chris Resop 4|
|Attendance - 36626|
|Game Time - 3:13|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Doug Eddings|