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Pittsburgh at Milwaukee

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Pittsburgh (15-12)1020230008141
Milwaukee (14-11) «03130113x12150

Brewers 12, Pirates 8

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MILWAUKEE -- Rickie Weeks was so fed up with his season-long slump that he called Brewers hitting coach Johnny Narron for some early batting practice Tuesday.

The extra work sure paid off for Weeks, who broke out with a three-run homer and five RBI to lead Milwaukee over the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-8.

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Weeks, who began the night batting .167, said he was at Miller Park by 12:30 in the afternoon for the 7:10 p.m. game.

"I wanted to kill myself with work in the cage," he said. "I was frustrated and I wanted to wear myself out and try to break out of it. I guess it worked."

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke was thrilled with Weeks' performance and hopes it will lead to big things.

"He had a really good day," Roenicke said. "He's had good at-bats recently, but hasn't had the results. But today, everything worked."

Weeks finished with three hits for the Brewers, who won their ninth straight against Pittsburgh. They improved to 46-7 at Miller Park vs. the Pirates since the start of 2007, the best home record by any team against a division opponent during that stretch.

Andrew McCutchen homered and had four hits for Pittsburgh, which fought back from a 7-3 deficit to grab an 8-7 lead on Starling Marte's three-run homer in the sixth inning. The hit initially was ruled a double, but umpires overturned the call after a video replay.

Jean Segura led off the bottom half with his third home run of the season.

After Tom Gorzelanny (1-0) escaped a two-on, none-out jam in the seventh, Yuniesky Betancourt lined his sixth home run of the year off Pirates reliever Bryan Morris (0-1), who was just called up from the minors.

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said his team made too many mistakes to win. The Pirates have given up 22 runs in the first two games of the series.

"They play well here. They swing the bats well here," Hurdle said. "We've got to do a better job of commanding the zone, making good pitches and making them uncomfortable. For two nights straight, we haven't done it."

Weeks hit his second homer of the season in the eighth inning to seal it. Coming into the game, he had four RBI all year and only seven hits in his last 72 at-bats.

Carlos Gomez went 2 for 3 with a double and two stolen bases for Milwaukee. Betancourt made a stellar defensive play at third base late in the game.

"Betancourt has been unbelievable offensively and defensively," Roenicke said. "Segura has done everything and Carlos can change a game."

Brewers starter Marco Estrada went five innings, giving up five runs and seven hits.

James McDonald started for Pittsburgh, allowing seven runs and eight hits in five innings.

"He didn't get through them very clean," Hurdle said. "The five innings, we needed them, but it was a bushel of three-ball counts. The curveball wasn't in play. A very tough night. We were fortunate to be able to come back and get him some help."

The Pirates grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on McCutchen's RBI single.

Milwaukee went up 3-1 in the second. After Weeks and Gomez walked, Martin Maldonado lined a two-run double. Estrada followed with a single that got past right fielder Garrett Jones for an error that allowed Maldonado to score.

Gaby Sanchez's two-run homer in the third tied the score. Gomez's RBI double in the bottom half gave Milwaukee a 4-3 lead.

The Brewers made it 7-3 in the fourth on Jonathan Lucroy's RBI double and Weeks' two-run single.

Russell Martin and McCutchen hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth for Pittsburgh to cut it to 7-5.

Notes

Before the game, the Pirates recalled Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis and designated LHP Jonathan Sanchez for assignment. ... Marte's double to start the game made him 6 for 7 with two walks leading off the first inning in the last nine games. He leads the majors with a .666 batting average in the first inning. ... With a game-time temperature of 81 degrees, Miller Park's roof was open for the first time this season.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Pittsburgh

S. Marte
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF5233000 .327
Russell Martin, C5121012 .274
Andrew McCutchen, CF5142000 .247
Garrett Jones, RF5110021 .312
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4112112 .245
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4000014 .180
Brandon Inge, 2B4110013 .292
Clint Barmes, SS4020010 .181
James McDonald, P2000020 .273
   a- Jose Tabata, PH1100001 .178
    Vin Mazzaro, P0000000 .000
    Bryan Morris, P0000000 .000
   b- Travis Snider, PH1000011 .300
    Tony Watson, P0000000 .000
    Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
Totals408148110  
a-hit into fielder's choice for McDonald in the 6th
b-struck out for Morris in the 8th
Batting
2B - Starling Marte (6, M. Estrada)
HR - Starling Marte (2, Badenhop), Russell Martin (6, M. Estrada), Andrew McCutchen (3, M. Estrada), Gaby Sanchez (4, M. Estrada)
RBI - Starling Marte 3 (11), Russell Martin (10), Andrew McCutchen 2 (16), Gaby Sanchez 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Starling Marte 3 (5), Gaby Sanchez 2 (5)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Inge-G. Sanchez
E - Garrett Jones (1, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James McDonald 5877530 5.76
Vin Mazzaro (BS,1)0311001 6.14
Bryan Morris (L,0-1) 2211011 1.80
Tony Watson 0.1233101 4.73
Jared Hughes 0.2000100 4.61
IBB - Maldonado by James McDonald
HBP - Segura (by James McDonald), Gomez (by Tony Watson)
Pitches-Strikes - James McDonald 102-53, Vin Mazzaro 9-8, Bryan Morris 21-14, Tony Watson 26-16, Jared Hughes 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James McDonald 5-6, Bryan Morris 2-1, Jared Hughes 1-1
Batters Faced - James McDonald 28, Vin Mazzaro 3, Bryan Morris 6, Tony Watson 5, Jared Hughes 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5010001 .250
Jean Segura, SS2211200 .367
Ryan Braun, LF5230012 .286
Jonathan Lucroy, C4221101 .235
Rickie Weeks, 2B4335101 .191
Carlos Gomez, CF3121101 .360
Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B5111004 .280
Martin Maldonado, 1B3112210 .222
Marco Estrada, P2010012 .214
   a- Blake Lalli, PH1000000 .067
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .000
   b- Khris Davis, PH1000010 .188
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
   c- Logan Schafer, PH1000002 .160
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
Totals3612151174  
a-flied out for M. Estrada in the 5th
b-struck out for Gorzelanny in the 7th
c-flied out for Axford in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jonathan Lucroy (2, McDonald), Rickie Weeks (6, McDonald), Carlos Gomez (6, McDonald), Martin Maldonado (4, McDonald)
HR - Jean Segura (3, Mazzaro), Rickie Weeks (2, Watson), Yuniesky Betancourt (6, Morris)
RBI - Jean Segura (9), Jonathan Lucroy (13), Rickie Weeks 5 (9), Carlos Gomez (9), Yuniesky Betancourt (21), Martin Maldonado 2 (10)
SB - Carlos Gomez 2 (4, 2nd base off Hughes/Martin, 3rd base off Hughes/Martin)
CS - Norichika Aoki (3, 2nd base by Morris/Martin), Rickie Weeks (1, 2nd base by McDonald/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Segura-Maldonado
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marco Estrada 5755163 4.58
Brandon Kintzler (H,3) 0.2222010 5.23
Burke Badenhop (BS,1) 0.1211001 5.87
Tom Gorzelanny (W,1-0) 1100010 1.54
John Axford (H,6) 1200010 8.44
Jim Henderson 1000010 0.75
Pitches-Strikes - Marco Estrada 86-56, Brandon Kintzler 19-12, Burke Badenhop 8-5, Tom Gorzelanny 14-10, John Axford 22-17, Jim Henderson 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marco Estrada 7-2, Brandon Kintzler 1-0, Tom Gorzelanny 1-0, John Axford 2-0, Jim Henderson 1-1
Batters Faced - Marco Estrada 23, Brandon Kintzler 4, Burke Badenhop 3, Tom Gorzelanny 3, John Axford 5, Jim Henderson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24154
Game Time - 3:40
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Marty Foster