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MILWAUKEE -- The frustration is mounting for Yovani Gallardo.
Gallardo (3-5) gave up four earned runs and five hits while striking out seven and walking two. He was removed from the game after throwing 94 pitches, only 54 for strikes. Gallardo threw 105 pitches over six innings in his previous start, a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"It's definitely frustrating. I don't know how to explain it, really," Gallardo said. "I felt good last start also and I felt even better today. It's just one of those weird days. Everything felt good. I was throwing changes for strikes.
When do you see that from me? It's just frustrating. You go out there and have pretty good command of all of your pitches but obviously the results aren't there."
Gallardo's recent performances have confounded Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
"There were a lot of pitches in four innings," Roenicke said. "The ball-strike count wasn't his usual again. But I thought his stuff was good. Good live fastball. I thought he was down in the zone with it, but he threw a lot of pitches. [Pittsburgh] fouled a lot of balls off. It's just surprising when I think he has good stuff and he struggles to get through four innings."
Gallardo's issues weren't limited to his performance on the mound. He banged up his knee sliding into second base in the third inning. He remained in the game but experienced some swelling in the knee, Roenicke said. He expects Gallardo to be OK for his next start.
Getting Gallardo to return to form is crucial for the Brewers, who have lost 17 of their past 22 games.
"We've got to get him to where he is heading in the right direction again and get him back to where we're used to seeing him," Roenicke said. "He obviously can't throw that many pitches in that few innings, but his stuff was good."
Rodriguez (6-2) gave up three earned runs on seven hits in five innings to earn the victory. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth for his major league-leading 20th save.
"We did some good things today, and we probably complicated the game for ourselves a couple different times as well. But we were able to play through it," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We got on top and we stayed on top. It was a good way to finish the series and to win the series."
The Pirates entered the game with a 9-47 record at Miller Park since 2007.
Hurdle said Rodriguez struggled with his command throughout most of the game but managed to preserve a lead.
"It wasn't his best stuff," Hurdle said. "It was a battle out there today for us. [Rodriguez] wasn't sharp but he got the job done. We will take that and move on."
Strong pitching and timely hitting have fueled the Pirates recent run of success.
"We've been doing a really good job together as a team," Rodriguez said through a translator.
Pittsburgh extended the lead in the third. Starling Marte led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Garrett Jones. A two-out double by Alvarez plated two more runs, giving Pittsburgh a 4-0 lead.
The Brewers rallied in the fifth. Rickie Weeks had a lead-off single. After Rodriguez retired the next two batters, Norichika Aoki singled up the middle and Jean Segura reached on an infield hit, loading the bases. Ryan Braun followed with a three-run double, cutting the Pirates lead to 4-3.
The Pirates added a run in the sixth on Marte's sacrifice fly.
Milwaukee again cut the lead to a single run in the eighth when Jeff Bianchi belted a one-out triple and scored on a Carlos Gomez's sacrifice fly.
Mercer had three hits and a stolen base for the Pirates.
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|Starling Marte, LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.305|
|Neil Walker, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.240|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||3||.297|
|Garrett Jones, RF||3||0||0||1||0||2||2||.272|
|Travis Snider, RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.252|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||4||1||0||0||1||0||2||.233|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||0||1||2||0||2||1||.200|
|Michael McKenry, C||3||2||2||0||1||1||1||.254|
|Jordy Mercer, SS||4||0||3||1||0||1||0||.300|
|Wandy Rodriguez, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.100|
|a- Brandon Inge, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.242|
|Vin Mazzaro, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Clint Barmes, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.222|
|Mark Melancon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Grilli, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 6th|
|b-fouled out-bunting for Mazzaro in the 8th|
|2B - Starling Marte (10, Gallardo), Pedro Alvarez (2, Gallardo), Michael McKenry (4, Hand)|
|3B - Jordy Mercer (1, Gallardo)|
|SF - Starling Marte (1), Garrett Jones (3)|
|RBI - Starling Marte (18), Garrett Jones (26), Pedro Alvarez 2 (27), Jordy Mercer (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pedro Alvarez 2 (7), Jordy Mercer (3)|
|SB - Starling Marte (13, 2nd base off Gallardo/Lucroy), Jordy Mercer (1, 2nd base off Hand/Maldonado)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Mercer-Walker-G. Sanchez|
|E - Pedro Alvarez (7, Throwing)|
|Wandy Rodriguez (W,6-2)||5||7||3||3||0||4||0||3.58|
|Vin Mazzaro (H,2)||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||2.25|
|Mark Melancon (H,18)||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||1.00|
|Jason Grilli (S,20)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.19|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 98-59, Vin Mazzaro 29-19, Mark Melancon 12-9, Jason Grilli 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 5-6, Vin Mazzaro 2-3, Mark Melancon 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 22, Vin Mazzaro 8, Mark Melancon 4, Jason Grilli 3|
|Norichika Aoki, RF||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.312|
|Jean Segura, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.344|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||1||3||0||1||4||.311|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.319|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.225|
|Donovan Hand, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeff Bianchi, PH-2B||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||3||0||0||1||0||0||2||.326|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.174|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Kintzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Logan Schafer, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.170|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.231|
|Yovani Gallardo, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Martin Maldonado, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.183|
|a-flied out for Hand in the 6th|
|b-popped out for Kintzler in the 8th|
|2B - Ryan Braun (12, Rodriguez), Aramis Ramirez (6, Rodriguez)|
|3B - Jeff Bianchi (1, Melancon)|
|SF - Carlos Gomez (1)|
|RBI - Ryan Braun 3 (33), Carlos Gomez (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun 3 (11)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Bianchi-Betancourt|
|E - Donovan Hand (1, Throwing)|
|Yovani Gallardo (L,3-5)||4||5||4||4||2||7||0||4.79|
|HBP - Walker (by Yovani Gallardo)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 94-54, Donovan Hand 47-30, Mike Gonzalez 7-6, Brandon Kintzler 15-11, Francisco Rodriguez 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 2-3, Brandon Kintzler 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 20, Donovan Hand 10, Mike Gonzalez 3, Brandon Kintzler 4, Francisco Rodriguez 4|
|Attendance - 44626|
|Game Time - 3:27|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|