Polanco goes 4 for 4, Pirates top Brewers 4-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) By his own admission, it used to take Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco a day - sometimes more - to get over a mental mistake like his goof last week against St. Louis, when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina picked a lackadaisical Polanco off third base to thwart a rally.

Not anymore. These days, Polanco moves on quickly, trying to keep one mental lapse from bleeding into another.

The proof is in the batter's box - and in the field - for Polanco and the surging Pirates. The right fielder doubled twice, drove in two runs and threw out a potential go-ahead run at the plate to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

''We're fighting man, we're fighting,'' Polanco said. ''The second half is really good for us.''

Polanco finished 4 for 4 and is hitting .446 this month. Francisco Cervelli added two hits for the Pirates, who pulled within six games of the first-place Brewers.

Pittsburgh pointed to a post All-Star break homestand against St. Louis and Milwaukee as a chance to finally make inroads in a crowded but unexceptional Central Division race. Outfielder Starling Marte returns from an 80-game performance-enhancing drugs suspension on Tuesday, and he'll join a team that's playing its best baseball of the season thanks in large part to the resurgent Polanco.

The outfielder has raised his average from .237 on July 1 to .269 as the Pirates have clawed their way to 45-48, the closest they've been to .500 since early May. Daniel Hudson (2-4) earned the win thanks to Polanco's fifth outfield assist of the year. Felipe Rivero got four outs for his seventh save.

''I feel pretty comfortable,'' Polanco said. ''I feel pretty good because I'm healthy now. I feel strong. I feel my hands are quick so I can see the ball.''

He can throw it, too. Polanco nailed Milwaukee's Manny Pina at the plate to end the sixth, and then in the bottom of the inning put the Pirates ahead with a hustle double to second base that scored Josh Bell. Polanco's sprint was in stark contrast to what happened last Friday against St. Louis, when a triple turned into a double when he jogged out of the box thinking he'd hit a home run. He later compounded the problem when Molina caught Polanco daydreaming off third base.

A year or two ago, the 25-year-old Polanco might have beat himself up thinking about it. Those days are over.

''When it happened, it happened,'' he said. ''After that, you can't do anything. Just move forward and pay attention.''

Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Orlando Arcia had two hits each for the Brewers, who have lost consecutive games for the first time this month. Milwaukee left 11 men on base.

''Both sides pitched out of some jams, both sides threw a guy out at the plate,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''So, it was a good ballgame. We got some rallies going and bases loaded a couple times. That last hit wasn't there.''

SCARY COLLISION

Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt left the game in the fifth inning after a collision with Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl at the plate.

Vogt caught an incidental elbow to the head from Kuhl, and both players were down for several minutes. Kuhl remained in the game, but Vogt had to be helped to his feet and left to be evaluated for a neck strain and left knee strain. Vogt held onto the ball and Kuhl was called out.

''I wanted to do a hook slide and touch home plate, but as soon as he caught it, he kind of came into my running lane and it just happened like that,'' said Kuhl, who remained in the game despite some pain in his left (non-throwing) arm.

Counsell said Vogt's neck appears to be fine and it's the knee that is the bigger concern. Vogt will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: 2B Eric Sogard tested his sprained left ankle by running in the outfield on Monday and is hopeful he can head out for a rehab assignment later this week. Sogard, who hasn't played since July 4, received a cortisone injection on the ankle last Friday.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Junior Guerra (1-3, 4.78 ERA) returns from the 10-day disabled list (right shin contusion) to face the Pirates for the second time this season. Guerra is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in five games against Pittsburgh.

Pirates: Ivan Nova (9-6, 3.21) has gone at least six innings in 17 of his 18 starts this season. Nova is 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts versus the Brewers.

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  • W: D. Hudson (2-4)L: J. Hader (1-1)S: F. Rivero (7)
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E. Thames 1B50200010.250.374.556.9291.5
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T. Shaw 3B52200022.293.361.564.9254.0
D. Santana RF30000112.291.385.500.8850.5
S. Vogt C20010011.222.291.405.6970.5
M. Pina C10000103.291.332.454.7861.0
O. Arcia SS40210002.281.319.419.7389.0
B. Phillips CF20000212.176.263.353.6161.5
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  • a-singled for Scahill in the 6th
  • b-popped out for Hughes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 3B40100111.272.353.422.7751.5
F. Cervelli C50200023.254.349.383.7321.0
A. McCutchen CF30100111.294.382.518.9003.5
D. Freese 3B40000015.241.371.357.728-0.5
F. Rivero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Bell 1B41100001.241.323.475.7983.0
J. Osuna LF21100101.252.296.469.7653.0
A. Frazier LF10000000.266.344.363.7070.0
G. Polanco RF42420000.272.327.424.75110.0
J. Mercer SS30110002.268.345.419.7642.0
C. Kuhl P20100001.040.077.040.1171.0
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  • a-lined out for Hudson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Shaw (23)
  • RBI - S. Vogt (29), O. Arcia (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia (6)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (17), G. Polanco 2 (18)
  • SF - J. Mercer
  • RBI - G. Polanco 2 (27), J. Mercer (38), M. Moroff (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Moroff (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Arcia 3 (8)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. McCutchen (7)
  • Picked Off - J. Osuna
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Santana (3)
  • E - B. Suter (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Polanco (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Suter4.27222203.091.312.0
R. Scahill0.10000104.791.500.5
J. Hader (L, 1-1)1.02110001.291.14-5.0
J. Hughes1.01000102.821.202.5
T. Webb1.03111105.631.75-1.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Suter4.2
R. Scahill0.1
J. Hader (L, 1-1)1.0
J. Hughes1.0
T. Webb1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl5.24223704.851.469.5
D. Hudson (W, 2-4)0.11000004.341.426.0
T. Watson (H, 6)1.02001103.591.520.5
J. Nicasio (H, 16)0.21000102.551.18-0.5
F. Rivero (S, 7)1.10000100.720.6810.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl5.2
D. Hudson (W, 2-4)0.1
T. Watson (H, 6)1.0
J. Nicasio (H, 16)0.2
F. Rivero (S, 7)1.1
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Suter, T. Webb
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Suter 70-45, R. Scahill 6-3, J. Hader 13-9, J. Hughes 16-9, T. Webb 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Suter 6-4, J. Hader 1-2, J. Hughes 2-0, T. Webb 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Suter 21, R. Scahill, J. Hader 5, J. Hughes 4, T. Webb 7
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Kuhl (2)
  • IBB - C. Kuhl (5)
  • HBP - C. Kuhl (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 102-63, D. Hudson 2-2, T. Watson 25-13, J. Nicasio 18-11, F. Rivero 19-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 9-2, T. Watson 2-0, F. Rivero 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 26, D. Hudson, T. Watson 6, J. Nicasio 3, F. Rivero 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Villar 2B50000024.221.284.345.629-1.0
E. Thames 1B50200010.250.374.556.9291.5
R. Braun LF50100011.259.343.538.8810.5
T. Shaw 3B52200022.293.361.564.9254.0
D. Santana RF30000112.291.385.500.8850.5
S. Vogt C20010011.222.291.405.6970.5
M. Pina C10000103.291.332.454.7861.0
O. Arcia SS40210002.281.319.419.7389.0
B. Phillips CF20000212.176.263.353.6161.5
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a- J. Aguilar PH10100000.291.354.543.8971.0
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J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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T. Webb P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Scahill in the 6th
  • b-popped out for Hughes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 3B40100111.272.353.422.7751.5
F. Cervelli C50200023.254.349.383.7321.0
A. McCutchen CF30100111.294.382.518.9003.5
D. Freese 3B40000015.241.371.357.728-0.5
F. Rivero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Bell 1B41100001.241.323.475.7983.0
J. Osuna LF21100101.252.296.469.7653.0
A. Frazier LF10000000.266.344.363.7070.0
G. Polanco RF42420000.272.327.424.75110.0
J. Mercer SS30110002.268.345.419.7642.0
C. Kuhl P20100001.040.077.040.1171.0
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J. Nicasio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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Total34413403516-----
  • a-lined out for Hudson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Shaw (23)
  • RBI - S. Vogt (29), O. Arcia (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia (6)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (17), G. Polanco 2 (18)
  • SF - J. Mercer
  • RBI - G. Polanco 2 (27), J. Mercer (38), M. Moroff (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Moroff (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Arcia 3 (8)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. McCutchen (7)
  • Picked Off - J. Osuna
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Santana (3)
  • E - B. Suter (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Polanco (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Suter4.27222203.091.312.0
R. Scahill0.10000104.791.500.5
J. Hader (L, 1-1)1.02110001.291.14-5.0
J. Hughes1.01000102.821.202.5
T. Webb1.03111105.631.75-1.5
Total8.01344350---
PITCHERSIP
B. Suter4.2
R. Scahill0.1
J. Hader (L, 1-1)1.0
J. Hughes1.0
T. Webb1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl5.24223704.851.469.5
D. Hudson (W, 2-4)0.11000004.341.426.0
T. Watson (H, 6)1.02001103.591.520.5
J. Nicasio (H, 16)0.21000102.551.18-0.5
F. Rivero (S, 7)1.10000100.720.6810.5
Total9.08224100---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl5.2
D. Hudson (W, 2-4)0.1
T. Watson (H, 6)1.0
J. Nicasio (H, 16)0.2
F. Rivero (S, 7)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Suter, T. Webb
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Suter 70-45, R. Scahill 6-3, J. Hader 13-9, J. Hughes 16-9, T. Webb 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Suter 6-4, J. Hader 1-2, J. Hughes 2-0, T. Webb 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Suter 21, R. Scahill, J. Hader 5, J. Hughes 4, T. Webb 7
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Kuhl (2)
  • IBB - C. Kuhl (5)
  • HBP - C. Kuhl (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 102-63, D. Hudson 2-2, T. Watson 25-13, J. Nicasio 18-11, F. Rivero 19-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 9-2, T. Watson 2-0, F. Rivero 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 26, D. Hudson, T. Watson 6, J. Nicasio 3, F. Rivero 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Moroff singled to left, Polanco scored, Mercer to third, Moroff to second24
  • 6TH INNING
    Polanco doubled to left, Bell scored23
  • 5TH INNING
    Mercer hit sacrifice fly to center, Polanco scored22
    Polanco doubled to deep center, Osuna scored, Polanco to third on shortstop Arcia fielding error21
  • 4TH INNING
    Vogt reached on fielder's choice to first, Shaw scored20
  • 2ND INNING
    Arcia singled to center, Shaw scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • F. Rivero Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Thames flied out to right
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Shaw struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adam Frazier in left
    • Juan Nicasio relieved Tony Watson
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arcia singled to center
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
    • Hernan Perez hit for Jared Hughes
    • H. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez popped out to shortstop
    • Felipe Rivero pitching
    • Max Moroff at second
    • J. Villar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Arcia stole second, Ball, Arcia stole third, Foul, Ball, Villar grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Webb pitching
    • J. Bell: Bell grounded out to third
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier lined out to center
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Polanco singled to right center
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Mercer reached on an infield single to third, Polanco to second
    • M. Moroff: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Moroff singled to left, Polanco scored, Mercer to third, Moroff to second
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Harrison intentionally walked
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tony Watson pitching
    • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar grounded out to second
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Thames singled to center
    • R. Braun: Braun singled to right, Thames to second
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Thames to third, Braun to second
    • M. Pina: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pina grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jared Hughes relieved Josh Hader
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to third
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Freese: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, McCutchen stole second, Ball, Ball, Freese grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Foul, Santana grounded out to third
    • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pina walked
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arcia popped out to second
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Phillips walked, Pina to second
    • Jesus Aguilar hit for Rob Scahill
    • Daniel Hudson relieved Chad Kuhl
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Aguilar singled to right, Pina out at home, Phillips to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell doubled to deep right center
    • J. Osuna: Foul, Osuna grounded out to second, Bell to third
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco doubled to left, Bell scored
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Mercer flied out to left
    • Phil Gosselin hit for Daniel Hudson
    • P. Gosselin: Strike looking, Gosselin lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Thames grounded out to first
    • R. Braun: Braun grounded out to third
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Ball, Foul, Shaw grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Osuna singled to right
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco doubled to deep center, Osuna scored, Polanco to third on shortstop Arcia fielding error
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Mercer hit sacrifice fly to center, Polanco scored
    • C. Kuhl: Ball, Kuhl singled to left
    • J. Harrison: Harrison singled to center, Kuhl to second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli singled to right, Kuhl out at home, Harrison to third, Cervelli to second
    • Manny Pina catching
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen intentionally walked
    • Rob Scahill relieved Brent Suter
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Shaw doubled to deep right
    • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Foul, Santana flied out to deep right, Shaw to third
    • S. Vogt: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Vogt reached on fielder's choice to first, Shaw scored
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Foul, Arcia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Vogt out at second
    • B. Phillips: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Arcia stole second, Phillips intentionally walked
    • B. Suter: Ball, Suter hit by pitch, Arcia to third, Phillips to second
    • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Cervelli reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Freese lined out to center
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • B. Suter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Suter struck out on foul tip
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Villar grounded out to pitcher
    • E. Thames: Ball, Thames singled to right center
    • R. Braun: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Braun grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Polanco singled to center
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer lined out to third
    • C. Kuhl: Ball, Foul, Kuhl grounded out to shortstop, Polanco to second
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Shaw reached on an infield single to second
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • S. Vogt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Shaw to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Vogt struck out swinging
    • O. Arcia: Arcia singled to center, Shaw scored
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Phillips grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell grounded out to third
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Osuna walked
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Osuna picked off at first, pitcher to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Villar struck out on foul tip
    • E. Thames: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Braun struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Suter Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harrison lined out to right
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)