Pirates' Williams, 2 relievers 2-hit Brewers in 1-0 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) Trevor Williams has been pitching in the majors for less than two full seasons. Still, he's come to understand the ups and downs that come with the sport.

''Baseball kicks your (behind),'' Williams said. ''The highs are so high, and the lows are so low. You have to stay even-keeled.''

Williams bounced back from recent struggles by pitching one-hit ball over seven innings and two Pittsburgh Pirates relievers closed out a two-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Williams (6-4) struck out seven and walked two for his first victory in a month and after he had allowed a combined 12 runs in six innings in his previous two starts. Jordy Mercer drove in the lone run with a seventh-inning double, and the Pirates won for the fourth time in five games.

The Brewers entered the day leading the NL Central but suffered their third straight loss.

The only hit off Williams was a single by Jonathan Villar with two outs in the fourth. The hit followed a walk to Hernan Perez, and the duo executed a double steal before Erik Kratz struck out to end the inning.

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle thought fastball command made the difference for Williams.

''Up, down, in, out. It was just an outstanding performance,'' Hurdle said.

Williams had gone 0-2 in five starts since beating the Chicago White Sox on May 15.

''He hit his spots,'' Milwaukee right fielder Christian Yelich said. ''He was throwing everything for strikes. When a guy is doing that and he's not really missing over the plate much, it's a tough night.''

Kyle Crick pitched a perfect eighth inning for Pittsburgh. Yelich singled off closer Felipe Vazquez to open the ninth, ending a string of 13 straight Brewers retired. Vazquez retired the next three hitters for his 14th save in 18 opportunities.

Francisco Cervelli drew a one-out walk in the Pirates' seventh and advanced to third on Josh Bell's single. Josh Hader relieved Jhoulys Chacin and struck out Gregory Polanco, but Mercer followed by doubling down the left-field line to score Cervelli.

''The way both guys were pitching, I think everyone started to think that one or maybe two runs and that was going to be the ballgame,'' Mercer said.

The run was charged to Chacin (6-2), who had won his previous six decisions and not lost in 13 starts since April 4 against St. Louis. Chacin allowed six hits, struck out two and walked two.

Cervelli had two hits to snap a 0-for-13 skid.

''I feel like I was throwing the ball well,'' Chacin said. ''I was making pitches when I had to. In the last inning, I gave up the hit, but I was more frustrated that I walked Cervelli. That was the guy I couldn't get out.''

TRIBUTE TO UECKER

As a surprise tribute to Bob Uecker, the Brewers traveling party dressed in loud sportscoats - popularized by the Hall of Fame broadcaster during his frequent guest appearances on The Tonight Show - for the flight from Milwaukee to Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Manager Craig Counsell said he had hoped to replicate an outfit Uecker once wore that included a turtleneck sweater with a belt and a pair of bellbottom slacks. Alas, Counsell came up empty in his search for such garb.

PIRATES MOVES

The Pirates activated right-handed reliever Richard Rodriguez from the 10-day disabled list, recalled infielder/outfielder Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned right-handed reliever Dovydas Neverauskas and catcher Jacob Stallings to Indianapolis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: 3B Travis Shaw (sore right wrist) was given the night off after being injured Sunday during a swing in a loss to Philadelphia.

Pirates: Rodriguez had been out since June 7 with right shoulder inflammation.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Freddy Peralta (1-0, 3.72 ERA) is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start Tuesday night. The rookie made two starts with the Brewers earlier this season, including striking out 13 in 5 2/3 innings at Colorado on May 13 in his major league debut, and is 6-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 12 starts with Colorado Springs.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (4-5, 3.94) is 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in his last four starts and 1-3 with a 3.47 ERA in seven career starts against Milwaukee.

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  • W: T. Williams (6-4)L: J. Chacin (6-2)S: F. Vazquez (14)
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  • a-grounded out for Arcia in the 8th
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C. Moran 3B40100011.273.358.434.792-0.5
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J. Bell 1B30100002.246.326.381.7071.0
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J. Mercer SS30110002.264.329.409.7383.0
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  • a-walked for Williams in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer (16)
  • RBI - J. Mercer (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Mercer (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Perez (5), J. Villar (10)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Moran (2), G. Polanco (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Villar-Arcia-Thames)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 6-2)6.16112203.181.248.0
J. Hader0.21001201.160.75-1.0
J. Barnes1.00000001.911.343.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 6-2)6.1
J. Hader0.2
J. Barnes1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (W, 6-4)7.01002704.001.2231.5
K. Crick (H, 4)1.00000103.001.333.5
F. Vazquez (S, 14)1.01000204.401.5310.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (W, 6-4)7.0
K. Crick (H, 4)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 14)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 74-49, J. Hader 16-9, J. Barnes 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 7-7, J. Barnes 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 24, J. Hader 4, J. Barnes 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Williams (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 96-61, K. Crick 10-8, F. Vazquez 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 5-9, K. Crick 2-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 25, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 4
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C. Yelich RF40100021.297.371.470.8410.0
R. Braun LF40000021.237.292.432.723-1.0
E. Thames 1B30000011.235.340.605.9450.5
H. Perez 3B-2B30000102.267.296.407.7033.0
J. Villar 2B30100011.276.322.407.7292.5
J. Hader P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
J. Barnes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Kratz C30000023.313.371.625.996-1.0
O. Arcia SS20000000.202.236.262.4980.0
a- J. Aguilar PH-3B10000000.292.355.557.9120.0
J. Chacin P10000100.160.192.160.3521.0
E. Sogard 2B-SS10000000.122.242.159.4010.0
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HITTERSAB
L. Cain CF4
C. Yelich RF4
R. Braun LF4
E. Thames 1B3
H. Perez 3B-2B3
J. Villar 2B3
J. Hader P0
J. Barnes P0
E. Kratz C3
O. Arcia SS2
a- J. Aguilar PH-3B1
J. Chacin P1
E. Sogard 2B-SS1
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  • a-grounded out for Arcia in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B40100013.293.337.414.7510.5
C. Dickerson LF40000001.303.337.457.7940.0
S. Marte CF40000011.280.333.461.795-0.5
C. Moran 3B40100011.273.358.434.792-0.5
F. Cervelli C21200100.262.395.500.8954.0
J. Bell 1B30100002.246.326.381.7071.0
G. Polanco RF20100112.214.317.427.7440.5
J. Mercer SS30110002.264.329.409.7383.0
T. Williams P20000000.083.083.083.1670.0
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  • a-walked for Williams in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer (16)
  • RBI - J. Mercer (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Mercer (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Perez (5), J. Villar (10)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Moran (2), G. Polanco (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Villar-Arcia-Thames)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 6-2)6.16112203.181.248.0
J. Hader0.21001201.160.75-1.0
J. Barnes1.00000001.911.343.0
Total8.0711340---
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 6-2)6.1
J. Hader0.2
J. Barnes1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (W, 6-4)7.01002704.001.2231.5
K. Crick (H, 4)1.00000103.001.333.5
F. Vazquez (S, 14)1.01000204.401.5310.0
Total9.02002100---
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (W, 6-4)7.0
K. Crick (H, 4)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 14)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 74-49, J. Hader 16-9, J. Barnes 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 7-7, J. Barnes 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 24, J. Hader 4, J. Barnes 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Williams (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 96-61, K. Crick 10-8, F. Vazquez 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 5-9, K. Crick 2-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 25, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Mercer doubled to left, Cervelli scored, Bell to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Foul, Yelich singled to right
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • Jesus Aguilar hit for Orlando Arcia
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Aguilar grounded out to third
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Sogard grounded out to pitcher
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jacob Barnes relieved Josh Hader
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte flied out to right
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moran grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Ball, Perez lined out to right
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Villar lined out to shortstop
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kratz grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran singled to center
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Moran caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Cervelli walked
    • J. Bell: Bell singled to center, Cervelli to third
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • Eric Sogard at second base
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer doubled to left, Cervelli scored, Bell to third
    • David Freese hit for Trevor Williams
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freese walked
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Harrison struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • E. Thames: Ball, Strike swinging, Thames flied out to shallow center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Harrison lined out to left
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson flied out to left
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Arcia flied out to right
    • J. Chacin: Ball, Chacin popped out to first
    • L. Cain: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Cain struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
    • J. Mercer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Polanco caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Williams lined out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Thames: Thames flied out to center
    • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Villar singled to center, Perez to second
    • E. Kratz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez stole third, Ball, Strike looking, Kratz struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli singled to right
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell grounded into fielder's choice to second, Cervelli out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Arcia lined out to right
    • J. Chacin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chacin walked
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Cain reached on fielder's choice to second, Chacin out at second
    • C. Yelich: Pickoff attempt, Yelich grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • T. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Williams grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Harrison lined out to left
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dickerson flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Thames hit by pitch
    • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez flied out to center
    • J. Villar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Villar struck out on foul tip
    • E. Kratz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kratz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Bell flied out to left
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco singled to right, Cervelli to second
    • J. Mercer: Strike swinging, Ball, Mercer grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Polanco out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain flied out to left
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Yelich struck out looking
    • R. Braun: Braun grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Harrison singled to left
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to pitcher, Harrison to second
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moran flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)