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Pittsburgh (74-75)0031030007132

Charging Brewers rally to top Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- The Milwaukee Brewers are playing their best baseball of the season. Now Aramis Ramirez is hoping they have enough time to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Rickie Weeks hit a tying two-run triple and scored the go-ahead run on Ramirez's single, helping Milwaukee rally for a 9-7 victory over the sliding Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

The Brewers have won five straight, eight of nine and 15 of 19 to climb into the playoff race. They remained 2 1/2 games back of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card slot.

"We're doing everything right, right now," Ramirez said. "I played on a couple of really good teams in Chicago (with the Cubs) but we started off the season really well. We've kind of made a late push here. Hopefully, it's not too late."

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Milwaukee had quite the closing push on Thursday. It trailed 7-4 before rallying for four runs in the eighth inning.

Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura opened the inning with consecutive singles off Chad Qualls. Norichika Aoki doubled in a run with one out and Weeks greeted Chris Resop (1-4) with a triple to the 410-foot mark in left-center.

"I was thinking extra-base hit because not only would that score a run there but it would give Rickie a chance to tie the game up in the next at-bat," Aoki said.

Which is exactly what Weeks did.

"Rickie's hit was huge," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "That was a great at-bat, a big hit off a breaking ball."

Ryan Braun was intentionally walked before Ramirez bounced a single into center field to give Milwaukee an 8-7 lead. The Brewers then added a run in the ninth on pinch-hitter Logan Schafer's single.

Ramirez had three hits and three RBIs for Milwaukee, which built an early 4-0 lead. Gomez also had three hits and Aoki extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

"We did so many good things offensively," Roenicke said. "Guys are running well, they're moving runners, they're doing a lot of things to help us. When a team rolls, it's not just one or two guys that are doing it."

The stumbling Pirates (74-75) have dropped three straight and 11 of 13 to slip under .500 for the first time since May 29. They are 5 1/2 games behind the Cardinals and are in danger of a 20th straight losing season, which would extend their major North American professional sports record.

The Pirates were a season-high 16 games over .500 on Aug. 8 at 63-47 but have lost 28 of 39 games since.

Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run drive for his 30th homer. Clint Barmes also connected, and Starling Marte and Pedro Alvarez each had two hits.

"I wish I had an answer for why we're struggling," Barmes said. "Everything was clicking for us for so long and it seemed like we were doing all the little things right to win games. Now it's not clicking and it just seems like nothing is going our way."

Manny Parra (2-3), the fifth of seven Brewers pitchers, tossed a scoreless inning for the win. John Axford got three outs for his 31st save in 39 chances, working around an error by rookie shortstop Segura.

The Pirates scored three runs in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead. Barmes hit his eighth homer, Marte singled in a run and Travis Snider had a sacrifice fly.

Milwaukee got off to a fast start, but Pittsburgh managed to put together a quick response.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Wandy Rodriguez in the first, then doubled and scored in the third.

McCutchen's drive off Mike Fiers in the bottom half trimmed Milwaukee's lead to 4-3. Pinch-hitter Alex Presley then tied the game with a run-scoring fielder's choice in the fourth.

Rodriguez allowed four runs and five hits in four innings. The left-hander was 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his previous four starts.

Fiers gave up three runs and five hits in three innings. The rookie is 3-4 with a 6.75 ERA in his last eight starts after going 6-4 with a 1.82 ERA in his first 12.

"When we pitch, we usually win ballgames," Ramirez said. "Today we didn't pitch and we scored a lot of runs. That's how good teams win ballgames, you've got to pick each other up."

Notes

  • Brewers 1B Corey Hart played for the first time in 10 days: He had been sidelined by a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He went 1 for 3 and was pulled after five innings to rest.
  • Pirates 2B Neil Walker returned to the lineup after sitting out two of the previous three games with lower back soreness.
  • Milwaukee opens a four-game series at Washington on Friday night while Pittsburgh begins a three-game series at Houston. RHP Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.91 ERA) will pitch for the Brewers against Nationals RHP Edwin Jackson (9-10, 3.89 ERA).
  • Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (0-1, 5.49 ERA) will look for his first major league win when he faces Astros RHP Edgar Gonzalez (2-1, 4.40 ERA).
 
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Rickie Weeks, with a two-run game-tying single, and Aramis Ramirez, with the game-winning hit, lead the Brewers.  (AP)
Rickie Weeks, with a two-run game-tying single, and Aramis Ramirez, with the game-winning hit, lead the Brewers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

C. Barmes
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Milwaukee

A. Ramirez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF6221013 .293
Rickie Weeks, 2B5112121 .232
Ryan Braun, LF3101101 .311
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5233002 .297
Corey Hart, 1B3010012 .278
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B1000102 .255
Jonathan Lucroy, C4011004 .321
Carlos Gomez, CF5230012 .255
Jean Segura, SS2110200 .266
Mike Fiers, P1000013 .100
   a- Eric Farris, PH1000000 .000
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   b- Taylor Green, PH0000000 .186
   c- Jeff Bianchi, PH1000001 .175
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   d- Nyjer Morgan, PH1000002 .244
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   e- Logan Schafer, PH1011000 .333
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals39913956  
a-grounded out for Fiers in the 4th
b-announced for Kintzler in the 6th
c-fouled out for T. Green in the 6th
d-flied out for Parra in the 8th
e-singled for Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki (33, Qualls), Aramis Ramirez (46, Rodriguez), Jonathan Lucroy (15, Rodriguez)
3B - Rickie Weeks (4, Resop)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (25, Rodriguez)
SF - Jonathan Lucroy (3)
SH - Jean Segura (1)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (46), Rickie Weeks 2 (61), Ryan Braun (105), Aramis Ramirez 3 (95), Jonathan Lucroy (52), Logan Schafer (3)
SB - Norichika Aoki (28, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Barajas), Rickie Weeks (15, 2nd base off Hughes/Barajas), Ryan Braun (28, 2nd base off Grilli/McKenry), Carlos Gomez (35, 2nd base off Hughes/Barajas)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Segura-Hart
E - Jean Segura (6, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Fiers 3533121 3.38
Brandon Kintzler 2211120 2.89
Kameron Loe 0.1433001 4.22
Jose Veras 0.2000000 3.86
Manny Parra (W,2-3) 1100000 4.50
Francisco Rodriguez (H,28) 1100010 4.71
John Axford (S,31) 1000030 4.76
WP - Brandon Kintzler (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Fiers 81-54, Brandon Kintzler 34-21, Kameron Loe 13-10, Jose Veras 10-7, Manny Parra 14-9, Francisco Rodriguez 14-11, John Axford 19-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Fiers 3-3, Brandon Kintzler 4-0, Kameron Loe 1-0, Jose Veras 1-1, Manny Parra 2-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1, John Axford 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Fiers 14, Brandon Kintzler 9, Kameron Loe 5, Jose Veras 2, Manny Parra 4, Francisco Rodriguez 4, John Axford 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF4121113 .246
Travis Snider, RF4111004 .252
Andrew McCutchen, CF5113011 .339
Garrett Jones, 1B5000011 .276
Neil Walker, 2B5010021 .277
Pedro Alvarez, 3B5120012 .244
Clint Barmes, SS4131001 .230
Rod Barajas, C2010111 .200
    Chase d'Arnaud, PR0100000 .000
    Michael McKenry, C1000000 .248
Wandy Rodriguez, P1010000 .054
   a- Alex Presley, PH1001000 .237
    Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
    Tony Watson, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Clement, PH1010000 .158
    Josh Harrison, PR0100000 .231
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   c- Brock Holt, PH1000010 .304
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
Totals39713728  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Rodriguez in the 4th
b-doubled for Watson in the 6th
c-struck out for Resop in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jeff Clement (1, Loe)
HR - Andrew McCutchen (30, Fiers), Clint Barmes (8, Loe)
SF - Travis Snider (3)
RBI - Starling Marte (16), Travis Snider (17), Andrew McCutchen 3 (92), Clint Barmes (43), Alex Presley (21)
SB - Starling Marte 2 (9, 2nd base off Fiers/Lucroy, 2nd base off Veras/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Rod Barajas (6, Throwing), Neil Walker (9, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wandy Rodriguez 4544231 3.76
Jared Hughes 1.1100110 2.96
Tony Watson 0.2000000 3.72
Jason Grilli (H,30) 1000100 2.91
Chad Qualls (H,14) 0.1333000 5.58
Chris Resop (BS,1; L,1-4) 0.2211100 3.66
Chris Leroux 1211020 7.00
IBB - Segura by Wandy Rodriguez, Braun by Chris Resop
HBP - Braun (by Jason Grilli)
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 79-52, Jared Hughes 27-15, Tony Watson 5-2, Jason Grilli 20-11, Chad Qualls 12-7, Chris Resop 18-11, Chris Leroux 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 3-6, Jared Hughes 1-3, Tony Watson 1-1, Chris Leroux 1-0
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 19, Jared Hughes 7, Tony Watson 2, Jason Grilli 5, Chad Qualls 4, Chris Resop 5, Chris Leroux 5
Game Information
Attendance - 14697
Game Time - 4:07
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Brian O'Nora