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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."
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.
"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.
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."
|Rickie Weeks, with a two-run game-tying single, and Aramis Ramirez, with the game-winning hit, lead the Brewers. (AP)|
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|Norichika Aoki, RF||6||2||2||1||0||1||3||.293|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||5||1||1||2||1||2||1||.232|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||1||0||1||1||0||1||.311|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||5||2||3||3||0||0||2||.297|
|Corey Hart, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.278|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||.255|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||4||.321|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||5||2||3||0||0||1||2||.255|
|Jean Segura, SS||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.266|
|Mike Fiers, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.100|
|a- Eric Farris, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Kintzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Taylor Green, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.186|
|c- Jeff Bianchi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.175|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Nyjer Morgan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.244|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Logan Schafer, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.333|
|John Axford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|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|
|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|
|DP - Weeks-Segura-Hart|
|E - Jean Segura (6, Throwing)|
|Manny Parra (W,2-3)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.50|
|Francisco Rodriguez (H,28)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.71|
|John Axford (S,31)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||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|
|Starling Marte, LF||4||1||2||1||1||1||3||.246|
|Travis Snider, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||4||.252|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||5||1||1||3||0||1||1||.339|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.276|
|Neil Walker, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||2||1||.277|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.244|
|Clint Barmes, SS||4||1||3||1||0||0||1||.230|
|Rod Barajas, C||2||0||1||0||1||1||1||.200|
|Chase d'Arnaud, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael McKenry, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Wandy Rodriguez, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.054|
|a- Alex Presley, PH||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.237|
|Jared Hughes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Watson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jeff Clement, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.158|
|Josh Harrison, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Jason Grilli, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Resop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Brock Holt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.304|
|Chris Leroux, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|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|
|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|
|E - Rod Barajas (6, Throwing), Neil Walker (9, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jason Grilli (H,30)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.91|
|Chad Qualls (H,14)||0.1||3||3||3||0||0||0||5.58|
|Chris Resop (BS,1; L,1-4)||0.2||2||1||1||1||0||0||3.66|
|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|
|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|