Braun's double lifts Brewers to 5-3 win over Pirates

MILWAUKEE (AP) Eric Sogard and Domingo Santana got Ryan Braun a chance, and he delivered.

Braun hit a tiebreaking two-run double with two out in the eighth inning, helping the Milwaukee Brewers top the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Saturday night.

Braun, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, drove a pitch from George Kontos (2-3) to the center-field wall to score Santana and Sogard. Braun got a chance to bat after Kontos walked Sogard, batting .105, on four pitches.

''I wouldn't even had an opportunity if not for (Sogard) and Domingo finding a way to get on base,'' Braun said.

Sogard grounded into a double play with two runners on in the second. He was walked intentionally with two outs in the fourth with first base open ahead of the pitcher, and he walked and scored in the seventh and eighth.

''He's swung the bat so much better than the numbers would indicate,'' Braun said. ''I've seen him line out six or seven times probably in his last 15 or 20 plate appearances and have nothing to show for it, so it was really nice to see him at least get a few walks tonight.''

The Brewers walked four times in the final two innings, and three of the runners scored.

''We haven't had that type of situation where the walks have been an issue out of the bullpen,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''For whatever reason, tonight they were.''

Josh Hader (1-0) pitched the final two innings to pick up the win. He surrendered Starling Marte's tying two-run homer in the top of the eighth, and then retired the Pirates in order in the ninth.

''He's going to give up runs and to respond like that is exactly what you want,'' Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.

Braun was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game to rest a sore right calf. He struck out in the seventh, but came through in the clutch again with the game on the line. This season, the 2011 NL MVP is 7 for 10 with three homers and 13 RBIs with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Braun said the calf injury popped up during a homestand in mid-April and was ''really tight'' Wednesday in Cincinnati.

''It's never fun to deal with any of this stuff,'' Braun said. ''We're obviously trying to not make it worse.''

The Brewers opened a 3-1 lead by scoring twice against Kyle Crick in the seventh. The right-hander struggled with his control, walking three and throwing two wild pitches. Christian Yelich hit a tiebreaking RBI single, and Lorenzo Cain scored on a passed ball charged to catcher Francisco Cervelli.

''My fastball was cutting and it was kind of hard to locate,'' Crick said.

Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon pitched five innings, allowing one run and six hits.

Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin worked six innings. He was charged with one run and three hits.

HADER GETS HIT

It was a rare off night for Hader, who had allowed just two earned runs in 18 innings. He struck out in 2 2/3 innings in his previous appearance Monday at Cincinnati.

He walked Gregory Polanco before yielding Marte's fifth homer.

DRAKE TRADED

The Brewers traded right-hander Oliver Drake to the Cleveland Indians for cash. Drake was designated for assignment earlier this week. In 11 relief appearances, Drake was 1-0 with a 6.39 ERA.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: C Stephen Vogt, at Double-A Biloxi on a rehab assignment for a strained right shoulder, exited Saturday night's minor league game in the sixth inning after attempting to throw out a runner at third.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (3-2) is 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in five career starts against Milwaukee.

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (3-2) was 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA in three starts against Pittsburgh last season.

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  • W: J. Hader (1-0)L: G. Kontos (2-3)
  • HR: PIT - S. Marte (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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a- S. Rodriguez PH-2B10000010.157.283.333.617-0.5
G. Polanco RF21100200.214.331.436.7676.0
S. Marte CF31131002.282.354.466.8198.0
J. Bell 1B30000111.238.312.325.6370.5
C. Dickerson LF40000012.303.346.521.867-0.5
F. Cervelli C30000121.303.396.573.9690.0
C. Moran 3B30000002.277.361.404.7650.0
C. Kuhl PR0000-000.143.143.143.000-
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Brault P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
G. Kontos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- E. Diaz PH10000000.395.439.553.9920.0
J. Mercer SS40000011.220.267.312.579-0.5
J. Taillon P20000020.167.167.250.417-1.0
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- D. Freese PH-3B10000011.271.345.500.845-0.5
  • a-struck out for Frazier in the 8th
  • b-popped out for Kontos in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Santana in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF41200111.274.390.442.8323.5
C. Yelich LF40210001.291.367.465.8323.0
J. Aguilar 1B30000103.356.412.525.9371.0
J. Hader P000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
T. Shaw 3B31000103.235.326.462.7882.0
D. Santana RF41200011.267.339.333.6723.5
B. Phillips RF00000000.100.100.100.2000.0
H. Perez 2B30110011.203.227.359.5872.5
O. Arcia SS10000011.227.257.320.577-0.5
M. Pina C40100002.185.264.338.6021.0
E. Sogard SS-2B12000302.105.203.158.3615.0
J. Chacin P20000002.077.077.077.1540.0
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Braun PH-1B20120011.252.295.466.7613.5
  • a-struck out for Jeffress in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Marte (5)
  • SF - S. Marte
  • RBI - S. Marte 3 (16)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Santana (4), H. Perez, R. Braun (7)
  • RBI - C. Yelich (11), H. Perez (6), R. Braun 2 (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Yelich (7), R. Braun 2 (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Polanco (2)
FIELDING
  • PB - F. Cervelli
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon5.06112104.421.286.5
E. Santana1.00000103.861.003.5
K. Crick0.21213103.241.44-4.5
S. Brault0.10000004.601.310.0
G. Kontos (L, 2-3)1.02221204.111.37-6.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon5.0
E. Santana1.0
K. Crick0.2
S. Brault0.1
G. Kontos (L, 2-3)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin6.03112404.081.4917.0
J. Jeffress1.00001100.480.752.5
J. Hader (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)2.01221411.800.5511.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin6.0
J. Jeffress1.0
J. Hader (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)2.0
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Crick 2 (3)
  • IBB - J. Taillon (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 85-54, E. Santana 16-9, K. Crick 29-12, S. Brault 2-1, G. Kontos 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 6-6, E. Santana 2-0, S. Brault 1-0, G. Kontos 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 21, E. Santana 3, K. Crick 6, S. Brault, G. Kontos 6
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Jeffress
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 93-60, J. Jeffress 16-9, J. Hader 39-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 3-11, J. Jeffress 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 23, J. Jeffress 4, J. Hader 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B31200000.250.290.307.5973.0
a- S. Rodriguez PH-2B10000010.157.283.333.617-0.5
G. Polanco RF21100200.214.331.436.7676.0
S. Marte CF31131002.282.354.466.8198.0
J. Bell 1B30000111.238.312.325.6370.5
C. Dickerson LF40000012.303.346.521.867-0.5
F. Cervelli C30000121.303.396.573.9690.0
C. Moran 3B30000002.277.361.404.7650.0
C. Kuhl PR0000-000.143.143.143.000-
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Brault P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
G. Kontos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- E. Diaz PH10000000.395.439.553.9920.0
J. Mercer SS40000011.220.267.312.579-0.5
J. Taillon P20000020.167.167.250.417-1.0
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- D. Freese PH-3B10000011.271.345.500.845-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Frazier in the 8th
  • b-popped out for Kontos in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Santana in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF41200111.274.390.442.8323.5
C. Yelich LF40210001.291.367.465.8323.0
J. Aguilar 1B30000103.356.412.525.9371.0
J. Hader P000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
T. Shaw 3B31000103.235.326.462.7882.0
D. Santana RF41200011.267.339.333.6723.5
B. Phillips RF00000000.100.100.100.2000.0
H. Perez 2B30110011.203.227.359.5872.5
O. Arcia SS10000011.227.257.320.577-0.5
M. Pina C40100002.185.264.338.6021.0
E. Sogard SS-2B12000302.105.203.158.3615.0
J. Chacin P20000002.077.077.077.1540.0
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Braun PH-1B20120011.252.295.466.7613.5
Total3159406518-----
  • a-struck out for Jeffress in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Marte (5)
  • SF - S. Marte
  • RBI - S. Marte 3 (16)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Santana (4), H. Perez, R. Braun (7)
  • RBI - C. Yelich (11), H. Perez (6), R. Braun 2 (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Yelich (7), R. Braun 2 (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Polanco (2)
FIELDING
  • PB - F. Cervelli
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon5.06112104.421.286.5
E. Santana1.00000103.861.003.5
K. Crick0.21213103.241.44-4.5
S. Brault0.10000004.601.310.0
G. Kontos (L, 2-3)1.02221204.111.37-6.0
Total8.0954650---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon5.0
E. Santana1.0
K. Crick0.2
S. Brault0.1
G. Kontos (L, 2-3)1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin6.03112404.081.4917.0
J. Jeffress1.00001100.480.752.5
J. Hader (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)2.01221411.800.5511.0
Total9.0433491---
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin6.0
J. Jeffress1.0
J. Hader (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Crick 2 (3)
  • IBB - J. Taillon (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 85-54, E. Santana 16-9, K. Crick 29-12, S. Brault 2-1, G. Kontos 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 6-6, E. Santana 2-0, S. Brault 1-0, G. Kontos 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 21, E. Santana 3, K. Crick 6, S. Brault, G. Kontos 6
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Jeffress
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 93-60, J. Jeffress 16-9, J. Hader 39-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 3-11, J. Jeffress 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 23, J. Jeffress 4, J. Hader 8
  • 8TH INNING
    Braun doubled to left center, Santana and Sogard scored35
    Marte homered to right, Polanco scored33
  • 7TH INNING
    Yelich singled to left center, Sogard scored, Cain to third12
  • 6TH INNING
    Marte hit sacrifice fly to center, Frazier scored11
  • 4TH INNING
    Perez doubled to deep left, Shaw scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brett Phillips in right
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • Elias Diaz hit for George Kontos
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Diaz popped out to second
    • J. Mercer: Mercer lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Orlando Arcia at shortstop
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • Sean Rodriguez hit for Adam Frazier
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte homered to right, Polanco scored
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • George Kontos relieved Steven Brault
    • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Santana doubled to left
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Foul, Foul, Arcia struck out bunting foul
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pina grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sogard walked
    • R. Braun: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Braun doubled to left center, Santana and Sogard scored
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Jhoulys Chacin
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cervelli walked
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Moran reached on fielder's choice to second, Cervelli out at second
    • Chad Kuhl ran for Colin Moran
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Moran to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Mercer popped out to first
    • David Freese hit for Edgar Santana
    • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pina lined out to left
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sogard walked
    • Ryan Braun hit for Jeremy Jeffress
    • R. Braun: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sogard to second on wild pitch, Ball, Cain walked
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Yelich singled to left center, Sogard scored, Cain to third
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Yelich to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • Steven Brault relieved Kyle Crick
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier singled to shallow left
    • G. Polanco: Polanco singled to right center, Frazier to third
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte hit sacrifice fly to center, Frazier scored
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Polanco stole second, Ball, Foul, Bell flied out to left
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Edgar Santana relieved Jameson Taillon
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Shaw grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
    • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Moran fouled out to third
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mercer flied out to left
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Taillon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cain lined out to right
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Yelich grounded out to first
    • J. Aguilar: Aguilar flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bell grounded out to third
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dickerson flied out to center
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Shaw walked
    • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez doubled to deep left, Shaw scored
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pina flied out to center
    • E. Sogard: Sogard intentionally walked
    • J. Chacin: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Chacin grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Mercer struck out on foul tip
    • J. Taillon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Taillon struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier singled to right
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked, Frazier to second
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Chacin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chacin grounded out to third
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cain singled to center
    • C. Yelich: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Yelich singled to left center, Cain to third
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Foul, Aguilar popped into double play second to catcher, Cain out at home
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson flied out to left
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Cervelli reached on fielder's choice to second, Bell out at second
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Moran lined out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana singled to right
    • H. Perez: Perez popped out to shortstop
    • M. Pina: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pina singled to right center, Santana to second
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Sogard grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Pina out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier flied out to left
    • G. Polanco: Polanco flied out to right
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain singled to left
    • C. Yelich: Foul, Yelich grounded out to third, Cain to second
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Aguilar grounded out to shortstop, Cain to third
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw lined out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)