Taillon, Mercer shine in Pirates' 6-3 win over Brewers

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jameson Taillon let a lead get away in his last start.

This time, he had the answer when he got in trouble.

Taillon struck out a career-high 10 to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.

''You don't want to live and die by the strikeout, but whenever you need it, you definitely want to be able to get it,'' Taillon said. ''I felt like I got some pretty big ones in big spots. Those are the ones where it was cool.''

Taillon (6-7) surrendered one run on four hits with two walks in six innings. The right-hander struck out the side twice, once in the third inning and again in the fifth, when he got out of a jam after allowing a leadoff walk to Tyler Saladino followed by a single from Erik Kratz.

In his last start, Taillon allowed a 2-0 lead to slip away to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. Right-handed reliever Edgar Santana replaced him with the score tied 2-2, and allowed the go-ahead run in what would be a 3-2 loss.

Jordy Mercer made sure a lack of run support wouldn't spoil another solid outing from Taillon on Thursday. He tied a career high with four RBIs and went 3 for 4 with three singles, one of which knocked in two runs.

Pittsburgh's 6-7-8 hitters of Josh Bell, Josh Harrison and Mercer finished a combined 5 for 7 with five RBIs and five walks.

''It seemed like we got some rallies going with two outs there,'' Mercer said.

''It's good to have those guys getting it going.''

The Pirates have won four of their past five games to pull to 10 1/2 games back of the first-place Brewers, who have lost four of six, in the NL Central.

Felipe Vazquez earned his 21st save by getting the final two outs. Michael Feliz allowed Eric Thames to cut the Pirates' lead to 6-2 with a single up the middle before Christian Yelich made it 6-3 with a single off Vazquez and Jesus Aguilar grounded into a double play to end it.

''I think the small solace is that you get Vazquez in the game and make him throw,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''Hopefully, if that can impact the rest of the series, maybe that's a good thing.''

Wade Miley (1-1) gave up two runs on four hits in five innings with five strikeouts and five walks for Milwaukee.

''I'm just excited to be back out there,'' Miley said. ''I would've liked to go a little deeper in the game, but it is what it is. You have to start somewhere.''

Miley allowed two two-out RBI singles to Mercer that put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1. Mercer's first opened the scoring in the second when he drove a ball down the left-field line, scoring David Freese. Aguilar tied it at 1 with a home run, his 24th, to left-center field in the fourth.

Mercer gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead when he lined a single off Saladino's glove and into left field to drive in Bell in the fourth. He made it 4-1 in the sixth with a two-run single, driving in Bell and Harrison, and scored on a two-out single to right from Starling Marte, pushing it to 5-1.

Harrison, who was 2 for 2 with two walks, made it 6-1 with a double to left in the seventh.

''(Bell, Harrison and Mercer have) been going through some droughts together,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''Tonight, they just bunched at-bats. They connected the dots for us. ... A big shot in the arm for us on offense.''

ALL-STAR SUB

Brewers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress will replace Washington Nationals LHP Sean Doolittle on the National League All-Star team, Counsell said. Jeffress is 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA in 44 games this season.

ROSTER MOVES

Brewers: INF Nate Orf and RHP Jorge Lopez were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. RHP Freddy Peralta was optioned to Class-A Wisconsin. INF Eric Sogard was released.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Hurdle said Pittsburgh is deciding whether to option OF Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis. Meadows did not start a fourth straight game Thursday since he went 1 for 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (6-5, 2.79) could win a fourth straight start when he faces the Pirates on Thursday. In his past three starts, Guerra has surrendered a combined five runs, including one in his past two starts.

Pirates: RHP Nick Kingham (3-4, 4.26) allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts, and had two RBIs, in a 4-1 win over the Phillies on Sunday.

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  • W: J. Taillon (6-7)L: W. Miley (1-1)S: F. Vazquez (21)
  • HR: MIL - J. Aguilar (24)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Thames RF50110032.252.346.560.9060.5
L. Cain CF40000132.294.399.433.832-0.5
C. Yelich LF40110120.289.363.458.8212.0
J. Aguilar 1B41111102.307.375.6441.0197.0
T. Shaw 3B40100001.241.340.462.8021.0
A. Asher P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Miller 2B30100011.258.323.431.7540.5
A. Houser P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Perez PH-3B10000012.243.276.392.668-0.5
T. Saladino SS30200100.279.347.500.8473.0
E. Kratz C41200013.227.271.394.6654.5
W. Miley P20000022.250.250.250.500-1.0
J. Villar 2B21000000.260.311.380.6911.0
  • a-struck out for Houser in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson LF40000101.305.341.457.7981.0
S. Marte CF50210010.284.335.467.8032.5
E. Diaz C50000014.280.329.473.803-0.5
D. Freese 3B21100200.275.337.416.7534.0
J. Luplow RF40000015.100.100.100.200-0.5
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F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Bell 1B13000301.250.332.378.7116.0
J. Harrison 2B21210200.262.302.358.6607.0
J. Mercer SS41340011.253.312.392.7059.5
J. Taillon P20000024.091.118.121.239-1.0
a- C. Moran PH10100000.258.332.405.7371.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Meadows RF10000000.300.331.480.8110.0
  • a-singled for Taillon in the 6th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Aguilar (24)
  • RBI - E. Thames (28), C. Yelich (42), J. Aguilar (68)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Harrison (8)
  • RBI - S. Marte (41), J. Harrison (23), J. Mercer 4 (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (18), J. Harrison (9), J. Mercer 2 (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Kratz
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Mercer (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Yelich (2)
  • DP - 3 (Miller; Saladino-Villar-Aguilar; Saladino-Villar-Aguilar)
  • E - T. Saladino 2 (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Freese-Harrison-Bell)
  • E - J. Mercer (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Miley (L, 1-1)5.04225502.381.501.5
A. Houser2.05443104.091.36-5.5
A. Asher1.00000000.001.003.0
PITCHERSIP
W. Miley (L, 1-1)5.0
A. Houser2.0
A. Asher1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (W, 6-7)6.041121013.911.2226.0
R. Rodriguez1.01000102.431.112.5
T. Glasnow1.01001204.801.422.0
M. Feliz0.12211005.401.51-4.0
F. Vazquez (S, 21)0.21000003.151.306.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (W, 6-7)6.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
T. Glasnow1.0
M. Feliz0.1
F. Vazquez (S, 21)0.2
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Houser
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 95-55, A. Houser 49-27, A. Asher 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 5-4, A. Houser 3-0, A. Asher 1-3
  • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, A. Houser 12, A. Asher 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 96-62, R. Rodriguez 19-13, T. Glasnow 22-13, M. Feliz 20-14, F. Vazquez 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 4-4, R. Rodriguez 1-1, T. Glasnow 1-0, M. Feliz 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 24, R. Rodriguez 4, T. Glasnow 5, M. Feliz 5, F. Vazquez 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Thames RF50110032.252.346.560.9060.5
L. Cain CF40000132.294.399.433.832-0.5
C. Yelich LF40110120.289.363.458.8212.0
J. Aguilar 1B41111102.307.375.6441.0197.0
T. Shaw 3B40100001.241.340.462.8021.0
A. Asher P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Miller 2B30100011.258.323.431.7540.5
A. Houser P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Perez PH-3B10000012.243.276.392.668-0.5
T. Saladino SS30200100.279.347.500.8473.0
E. Kratz C41200013.227.271.394.6654.5
W. Miley P20000022.250.250.250.500-1.0
J. Villar 2B21000000.260.311.380.6911.0
Total36393141315-----
  • a-struck out for Houser in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson LF40000101.305.341.457.7981.0
S. Marte CF50210010.284.335.467.8032.5
E. Diaz C50000014.280.329.473.803-0.5
D. Freese 3B21100200.275.337.416.7534.0
J. Luplow RF40000015.100.100.100.200-0.5
T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Bell 1B13000301.250.332.378.7116.0
J. Harrison 2B21210200.262.302.358.6607.0
J. Mercer SS41340011.253.312.392.7059.5
J. Taillon P20000024.091.118.121.239-1.0
a- C. Moran PH10100000.258.332.405.7371.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Meadows RF10000000.300.331.480.8110.0
Total3169608616-----
  • a-singled for Taillon in the 6th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Aguilar (24)
  • RBI - E. Thames (28), C. Yelich (42), J. Aguilar (68)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Harrison (8)
  • RBI - S. Marte (41), J. Harrison (23), J. Mercer 4 (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (18), J. Harrison (9), J. Mercer 2 (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Kratz
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Mercer (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Yelich (2)
  • DP - 3 (Miller; Saladino-Villar-Aguilar; Saladino-Villar-Aguilar)
  • E - T. Saladino 2 (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Freese-Harrison-Bell)
  • E - J. Mercer (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Miley (L, 1-1)5.04225502.381.501.5
A. Houser2.05443104.091.36-5.5
A. Asher1.00000000.001.003.0
Total8.0966860---
PITCHERSIP
W. Miley (L, 1-1)5.0
A. Houser2.0
A. Asher1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (W, 6-7)6.041121013.911.2226.0
R. Rodriguez1.01000102.431.112.5
T. Glasnow1.01001204.801.422.0
M. Feliz0.12211005.401.51-4.0
F. Vazquez (S, 21)0.21000003.151.306.0
Total9.09324131---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (W, 6-7)6.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
T. Glasnow1.0
M. Feliz0.1
F. Vazquez (S, 21)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Houser
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 95-55, A. Houser 49-27, A. Asher 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 5-4, A. Houser 3-0, A. Asher 1-3
  • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, A. Houser 12, A. Asher 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 96-62, R. Rodriguez 19-13, T. Glasnow 22-13, M. Feliz 20-14, F. Vazquez 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 4-4, R. Rodriguez 1-1, T. Glasnow 1-0, M. Feliz 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 24, R. Rodriguez 4, T. Glasnow 5, M. Feliz 5, F. Vazquez 2
  • 9TH INNING
    Yelich singled to right, Villar scored, Thames to third, Cain to second36
    Thames singled to right center, Kratz scored, Villar to third26
  • 7TH INNING
    Harrison doubled to left center, Bell scored16
  • 6TH INNING
    Marte singled to right, Mercer scored15
    Mercer singled to center, Bell and Harrison scored14
  • 4TH INNING
    Mercer singled to shallow left center, Bell scored, Harrison to third12
    Aguilar homered to left center11
  • 2ND INNING
    Mercer singled to left, Freese scored, Harrison to third, Mercer to second on shortstop Saladino fielding error01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Michael Feliz relieved Tyler Glasnow
    • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Saladino flied out to deep center
    • E. Kratz: Kratz reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Villar safe at first on shortstop Mercer fielding error, Kratz to second
    • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Thames singled to right center, Kratz scored, Villar to third
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked, Thames to second
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Michael Feliz
    • C. Yelich: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Yelich singled to right, Villar scored, Thames to third, Cain to second
    • J. Aguilar: Aguilar grounded into double play third to second to first, Yelich out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Austin Meadows in right field
    • Tyler Glasnow pitching
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain grounded out to first
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • T. Shaw: Shaw singled to right, Aguilar to second
    • Hernan Perez hit for Adrian Houser
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Alec Asher pitching
    • A. Meadows: Foul, Meadows flied out to deep right
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Dickerson flied out to center
    • S. Marte: Marte safe at first on shortstop Saladino fielding error
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • T. Saladino: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Saladino singled to center
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kratz flied out to deep center
    • J. Villar: Foul, Villar grounded out to pitcher, Saladino to second
    • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Houser Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Freese walked
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Luplow grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Freese out at second
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison doubled to left center, Bell scored
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Aguilar flied out to deep center
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Shaw reached on fielder's choice to second, Yelich out at second
    • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Miller grounded into fielder's choice to second, Shaw out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adrian Houser pitching
    • Jonathan Villar at second base
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • J. Harrison: Harrison singled to center, Bell to second
    • J. Mercer: Foul, Ball, Bell to third, Harrison to second on wild pitch, Mercer singled to center, Bell and Harrison scored
    • Colin Moran hit for Jameson Taillon
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran singled to right, Mercer to second
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dickerson grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Mercer to third, Moran out at second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte singled to right, Mercer scored
    • E. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Diaz grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Marte out at second
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • T. Saladino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Saladino walked
    • E. Kratz: Kratz singled to left center, Saladino to third
    • W. Miley: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Miley struck out swinging
    • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kratz stole second
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked
    • S. Marte: Marte singled to center, Dickerson to second
    • E. Diaz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Freese walked, Dickerson to third, Marte to second
    • J. Luplow: Luplow lined into double play second, Marte out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Yelich lined out to third
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar homered to left center
    • T. Shaw: Shaw flied out to deep center
    • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freese popped out to second
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Luplow grounded out to third
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • J. Harrison: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harrison walked, Bell to second
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Mercer singled to shallow left center, Bell scored, Harrison to third
    • J. Taillon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Taillon struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • W. Miley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Miley struck out looking
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson grounded out to first
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Diaz flied out to deep left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar flied out to center
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Shaw grounded out to first
    • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Foul, Miller reached on an infield single to second
    • T. Saladino: Foul, Saladino singled to center, Miller to second
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kratz struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freese singled to center
    • J. Luplow: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Bell flied out to deep center
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harrison walked, Freese to second
    • J. Mercer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mercer singled to left, Freese scored, Harrison to third, Mercer to second on shortstop Saladino fielding error
    • J. Taillon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Taillon struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Thames grounded out to first
    • L. Cain: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to third
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)