Thames homers twice, Brewers move into tie for top wild card

MILWAUKEE (AP) Eric Thames and Orlando Arcia had been hushed at the plate during the Milwaukee Brewers' crucial homestand. They made some noise Sunday.

Thames hit two home runs, Arcia also connected and the Brewers took a combined perfect game into the seventh inning while beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 to match Washington atop the NL wild-card standings.

''That kind of defines this stretch for us,'' Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. ''It has been different guys offensively. Today, it was two guys who had been a little quiet and that's how it works.''

The Nationals lost 5-3 to Miami earlier Sunday, locking them into a tie with the Brewers for the top wild card. Milwaukee owns the tiebreaker over Washington after winning their season series and would host the wild-card game if they finish the season with the same record. Washington has played two fewer games and technically leads Milwaukee by percentage points.

''We're all feeling it. All of us aren't planning on going home anytime soon,'' Thames said.

Arcia connected in the second, but the shortstop also let a line drive tip off his glove with one out in the seventh for a hit that ended a combined perfect game bid in Milwaukee's regular season home finale.

Milwaukee has won eight of nine and extended its September record to a major-league best 17-4. The Brewers are 10-2 since losing NL MVP Christian Yelich to a fractured kneecap.

''It's hard when you're grinding through September when your body is tired,'' Thames said. ''But the energy from the crowd and the team, we definitely pick each other up.''

Brewers pitchers held the Pirates, who lost their ninth straight, without a baserunner until Bryan Reynolds' single against Gio Gonzalez with one out in the seventh. Reynold's liner went off the heel of Arcia's glove as he lunged for the ball.

All-Star Brandon Woodruff made his second start since missing two months with a left oblique strain. He pitched two innings but departed for a pinch-hitter in the second after throwing 38 pitches.

''It's super fun just getting out there and being able to contribute in some way,'' Woodruff said.

Jay Jackson struck out the side in the third and Gonzalez (3-2) and Drew Pomeranz combined for four scoreless innings.

Josh Hader got four outs for his 35th save in 41 tries.

Milwaukee's pitchers made it challenging for Pittsburgh's struggling offense.

''We haven't been scoring many runs and you keep getting different looks from guys with good stuff,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''All those arms were fresh and they're real and there's spin and velocity. We're not hitting mistakes, and they aren't making a lot of them.''

Arcia gave the Brewers an early lead with a solo home run off Trevor Williams (7-8). The lead grew to 2-0 when Thames led off the fourth with a home run on the first pitch from Williams.

Thames belted a two-run homer off Michael Feliz in the sixth to extend the lead to 4-0.

The Pirates scored three times in the seventh, the first when Arcia failed to field a slow roller off the bat of pinch-hitter Melky Cabrera. Cole Tucker's two-run single off Hader cut the lead to 4-3.

Williams, who was tagged for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings with two homers and three walks in his last outing, gave up three hits and two runs in five innings. He walked two and struck out six.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Elias Diaz was out of the lineup. Diaz left in the fourth inning of Saturday night's game with a right knee injury, sustained while stopping a pitch in the dirt.

BREWERS ATTENDANCE CLIMBS

With 43,321 attending Sunday's game, marking Milwaukee's 20th sellout, the Brewers finished the season with 2,923,333 fans at Miller Park. That ranks fifth in the majors. Milwaukee drew 2,850,875 fans last season.

''When I bought the team 15 years ago, I preached not thinking small here,'' Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said. ''But we are the smallest market in Major League Baseball, so this is a testament to our fans' support.''

UP NEXT

Pirates: Pittsburgh opens a three-game series at home against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday with Mitch Keller (1-5, 7.74 ERA) getting the start.

Brewers: After a day off on Monday, Adrian Houser (6-7, 3.83) will take the mound vs. Sonny Gray (11-7, 2.80) as Milwaukee opens a three-game series at Cincinnati.

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  • W: G. Gonzalez (3-2)L: T. Williams (7-8)S: J. Hader (35)
  • HR: MIL - E. Thames 2 (23), O. Arcia (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Tucker SS40120010.211.266.361.6262.5
B. Reynolds CF40100011.318.381.509.8910.5
A. Frazier 2B40000011.279.337.421.758-0.5
J. Osuna 1B40000021.264.306.469.775-1.0
P. Reyes LF40000030.189.261.295.556-1.5
K. Kramer RF30000010.167.270.167.437-0.5
J. Stallings C31100020.269.339.404.7421.0
E. Gonzalez 3B31100020.235.295.277.5721.0
T. Williams P10000010.176.222.176.399-0.5
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R. Rodriguez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Williams in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Holmes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Grisham RF20000201.263.348.474.8222.0
Y. Grandal C30100100.249.382.470.8512.0
M. Moustakas 3B40000015.256.329.521.849-0.5
C. Spangenberg 2B00000000.267.304.427.7300.0
K. Hiura 2B41100025.301.369.574.9431.0
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J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Thames 1B42232012.250.352.503.85412.5
L. Cain CF20000110.252.318.358.6770.5
B. Gamel LF40000032.250.333.375.708-1.5
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b- T. Shaw PH-3B10100000.157.280.274.5531.0
  • a-singled for Woodruff in the 4th
  • b-singled for Pomeranz in the 7th
BATTING
  • RBI - C. Tucker 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Tucker 2 (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Reynolds, J. Osuna
BATTING
  • HR - E. Thames 2 (23), O. Arcia (15)
  • RBI - E. Thames 3 (59), O. Arcia (52)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Grisham, E. Thames (56), O. Arcia 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-Tucker-Osuna)
  • E - J. Stallings (3)
FIELDING
  • E - O. Arcia (13)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (L, 7-8)5.03222625.521.446.0
M. Feliz1.02221114.071.25-1.5
C. Holmes1.02001105.731.640.5
R. Rodriguez1.00000103.611.323.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (L, 7-8)5.0
M. Feliz1.0
C. Holmes1.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff2.00000303.621.147.5
J. Jackson1.00000304.401.224.5
G. Gonzalez (W, 3-2)3.11000303.701.2916.5
D. Pomeranz0.20000104.921.470.5
F. Peralta0.22300105.311.46-1.5
J. Hader (S, 35)1.11000302.610.7710.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff2.0
J. Jackson1.0
G. Gonzalez (W, 3-2)3.1
D. Pomeranz0.2
F. Peralta0.2
J. Hader (S, 35)1.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 78-48, M. Feliz 23-14, C. Holmes 20-11, R. Rodriguez 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 3-6, M. Feliz 1-1, C. Holmes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 20, M. Feliz 6, C. Holmes 5, R. Rodriguez 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 38-26, J. Jackson 11-9, G. Gonzalez 40-24, D. Pomeranz 11-8, F. Peralta 20-14, J. Hader 24-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 3-0, G. Gonzalez 5-2, F. Peralta 2-0, J. Hader 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 6, J. Jackson 3, G. Gonzalez 11, D. Pomeranz 2, F. Peralta 5, J. Hader 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Reynolds CF40100011.318.381.509.8910.5
A. Frazier 2B40000011.279.337.421.758-0.5
J. Osuna 1B40000021.264.306.469.775-1.0
P. Reyes LF40000030.189.261.295.556-1.5
K. Kramer RF30000010.167.270.167.437-0.5
J. Stallings C31100020.269.339.404.7421.0
E. Gonzalez 3B31100020.235.295.277.5721.0
T. Williams P10000010.176.222.176.399-0.5
a- K. Newman PH10000000.310.355.439.7940.0
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R. Rodriguez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Williams in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Holmes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Grisham RF20000201.263.348.474.8222.0
Y. Grandal C30100100.249.382.470.8512.0
M. Moustakas 3B40000015.256.329.521.849-0.5
C. Spangenberg 2B00000000.267.304.427.7300.0
K. Hiura 2B41100025.301.369.574.9431.0
F. Peralta P0000-000.133.133.133.000-
J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Thames 1B42232012.250.352.503.85412.5
L. Cain CF20000110.252.318.358.6770.5
B. Gamel LF40000032.250.333.375.708-1.5
O. Arcia SS41111002.216.278.345.6246.0
B. Woodruff P0000-000.267.283.356.000-
a- D. Freitas PH10100000.077.278.077.3551.0
J. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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b- T. Shaw PH-3B10100000.157.280.274.5531.0
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  • a-singled for Woodruff in the 4th
  • b-singled for Pomeranz in the 7th
BATTING
  • RBI - C. Tucker 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Tucker 2 (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Reynolds, J. Osuna
BATTING
  • HR - E. Thames 2 (23), O. Arcia (15)
  • RBI - E. Thames 3 (59), O. Arcia (52)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Grisham, E. Thames (56), O. Arcia 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-Tucker-Osuna)
  • E - J. Stallings (3)
FIELDING
  • E - O. Arcia (13)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (L, 7-8)5.03222625.521.446.0
M. Feliz1.02221114.071.25-1.5
C. Holmes1.02001105.731.640.5
R. Rodriguez1.00000103.611.323.5
Total8.0744493---
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (L, 7-8)5.0
M. Feliz1.0
C. Holmes1.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff2.00000303.621.147.5
J. Jackson1.00000304.401.224.5
G. Gonzalez (W, 3-2)3.11000303.701.2916.5
D. Pomeranz0.20000104.921.470.5
F. Peralta0.22300105.311.46-1.5
J. Hader (S, 35)1.11000302.610.7710.5
Total9.04300140---
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff2.0
J. Jackson1.0
G. Gonzalez (W, 3-2)3.1
D. Pomeranz0.2
F. Peralta0.2
J. Hader (S, 35)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 78-48, M. Feliz 23-14, C. Holmes 20-11, R. Rodriguez 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 3-6, M. Feliz 1-1, C. Holmes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 20, M. Feliz 6, C. Holmes 5, R. Rodriguez 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 38-26, J. Jackson 11-9, G. Gonzalez 40-24, D. Pomeranz 11-8, F. Peralta 20-14, J. Hader 24-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 3-0, G. Gonzalez 5-2, F. Peralta 2-0, J. Hader 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 6, J. Jackson 3, G. Gonzalez 11, D. Pomeranz 2, F. Peralta 5, J. Hader 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Tucker singled to center, Gonzalez and Cabrera scored34
    Cabrera safe at first on shortstop Arcia fielding error, Stallings scored, Gonzalez to third, Cabrera to second14
  • 6TH INNING
    Thames homered to center, Hiura scored04
  • 4TH INNING
    Thames homered to center02
  • 2ND INNING
    Arcia homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hader Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • J. Osuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Osuna struck out swinging
    • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Cory Spangenberg at second base
    • Freddy Peralta pitching
    • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • K. Kramer: Ball, Ball, Kramer grounded out to second
    • J. Stallings: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Stallings singled to center
    • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez reached on an infield single to third, Stallings to second
    • Melky Cabrera hit for Clay Holmes
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera safe at first on shortstop Arcia fielding error, Stallings scored, Gonzalez to third, Cabrera to second
    • Josh Hader relieved Freddy Peralta
    • C. Tucker: Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker singled to center, Gonzalez and Cabrera scored
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reynolds reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Tucker out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Thames flied out to left
    • L. Cain: Cain reached on catcher's interference
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
    • O. Arcia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arcia popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • C. Tucker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds singled to shallow center
    • Drew Pomeranz relieved Gio Gonzalez
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Frazier popped out to shortstop
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Osuna struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Clay Holmes relieved Michael Feliz
    • Travis Shaw hit for Drew Pomeranz
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Shaw singled to center
    • T. Grisham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grisham walked, Shaw to second
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Grandal singled to left, Shaw to third, Grisham to second
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moustakas struck out looking
    • K. Hiura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hiura grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Grandal out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Stallings: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stallings struck out swinging
    • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Kevin Newman hit for Trevor Williams
    • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Newman flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Michael Feliz pitching
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas popped out to third
    • K. Hiura: Ball, Strike swinging, Hiura singled to right
    • E. Thames: Ball, Thames homered to center, Hiura scored
    • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • O. Arcia: Strike swinging, Arcia grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Osuna grounded out to second
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reyes grounded out to third
    • K. Kramer: Ball, Kramer grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • T. Grisham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Grisham popped out to shortstop
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grandal popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Gio Gonzalez relieved Jay Jackson
    • C. Tucker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tucker grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to first
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Thames homered to center
    • L. Cain: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Arcia grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Jay Jackson pitching
    • J. Stallings: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stallings struck out swinging
    • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • T. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Grandal flied out to left
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas fouled out to catcher
    • K. Hiura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hiura struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Foul, Foul, Osuna grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • K. Kramer: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kramer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Cain grounded out to third
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel grounded out to third
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Arcia homered to left center
    • David Freitas hit for Brandon Woodruff
    • D. Freitas: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Freitas singled to right
    • T. Grisham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grisham flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • C. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Tucker grounded out to second
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Reynolds struck out on foul tip
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • T. Grisham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grisham walked
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked, Grisham to second
    • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas popped out to pitcher
    • K. Hiura: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hiura struck out swinging
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)