Rookie Peralta leads Brewers by Pirates 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) The nerves weren't quite so bad this time. The jitters, a touch less.

The stuff? Well, that didn't change a bit for Milwaukee rookie pitcher Freddy Peralta. The 22-year-old handcuffed the Pittsburgh Pirates over six shutout innings and the Brewers held on for a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.

Peralta (2-0) struck out seven without issuing a walk in his third career start, looking very much like the kid who tied a franchise record by striking out 13 in his major league debut last month. The Brewers sent him down to the minors after his second start to work on his control and he appeared to be firmly in command against the Pirates.

''It was normal, you know,'' Peralta said. ''It's always, work, you know? I was comfortable today with everything: my pitches, the guys behind me, everything.''

Jesus Aguilar finished 2 for 3 and drove in all three runs off Jameson Taillon (4-6). Aguilar hit a two-run shot to the seats in right-center in the first and doubled down the line in left field in the third.

''It was important, especially for Peralta, to just give him a lead right away. That way he feels confident,'' Aguilar said.

Corey Knebel worked around a two-out walk in the ninth for his seventh save for the first-place Brewers, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Starling Marte hit his ninth home run of the season in the eighth off Milwaukee reliever Jeremy Jeffress to pull Pittsburgh with one. Jordy Mercer had an RBI double in the seventh but Pittsburgh's offense mustered little with Peralta on the mound.

The 22-year-old attacked the Pirates high in the strike zone and threw 62 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Only Marte seemed able to generate solid contact. He reached second in the first when Milwaukee right fielder Eric Thames couldn't handle a drive that bounced off his glove near the wall.

Peralta retired Moran on a lineout and settled in.

''He made pitches,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''Kept us off balance with the curveball. Attacked. Very aggressive. Good downhill angle from a guy who's not tall in stature. He pitched a lot taller than he was height-wise, and got after it.''

Taillon, coming off a solid outing in a win in Arizona last week, had plenty of swing-and-miss stuff - he recorded seven strikeouts in five innings - but had no answer for Aguilar. Lorenzo Cain led off the game with an infield single and two batters later Aguilar put one in the seats to put Milwaukee up 2-0.

''Jesus is a good hitter,'' Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. ''He's been a good hitter since the day we got him. I think he's improving. He's a hitter that understands pitching. He understands what they're trying to do to him. He's got experience now against the league a little bit. The league's kind of adjusted to him and he's been able to adjust back.''

A nearly identical sequence happened in the third. Cain reached on an infield hit and Aguilar laced the ball to left with Cain easily beating the throw home.

''Both times hanging breaking balls to Aguilar after an infield hit, he did what he should have done with them,'' Taillon said.

OH SAY CAN YOU SEE

Pirates reliever Steven Brault moonlights as the front man in a rock band called The Street Gypsies. He found himself in front of a microphone on Tuesday night, only this time the audience wasn't a night club but PNC Park. The 26-year-old belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" before first pitch, delivering on a promise he made to his grandmother.

''I think it went pretty well,'' Brault said. ''I was a little more nervous than I thought I would be leading into it. I was fine, and then when I started singing, I was like `Oh, this is pretty cool.'''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (right rotator cuff inflammation) was scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday night.

Pirates: OF Austin Meadows was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game while dealing with a right foot injury suffered when he fouled a ball off it on Sunday. Meadows entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and struck out to end the inning with runners on second and third.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Brent Suter will make his first career start against the Pirates in the series finale on Wednesday. Suter is 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA in his last six starts and 7-4 with a 4.30 ERA overall.

Pirates: Chad Kuhl (5-3, 3.76) is unbeaten against Milwaukee, going 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA. The Pirates are 6-0 overall in games Kuhl has started against the Brewers.

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  • W: F. Peralta (2-0)L: J. Taillon (4-6)S: C. Knebel (7)
  • HR: MIL - J. Aguilar (14), PIT - S. Marte (9)
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C. Yelich LF40100023.296.369.467.8362.0
J. Aguilar 1B31231111.298.363.580.94310.5
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H. Perez 3B40000033.259.288.396.683-1.5
J. Villar 2B40000010.271.317.399.716-0.5
M. Pina C40200000.219.280.356.6364.0
O. Arcia SS40100012.203.236.262.4980.5
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a- E. Sogard PH10100000.133.250.169.4193.0
D. Jennings P0000-000.667.6671.000.000-
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b- R. Braun PH10000000.236.290.429.7200.0
C. Knebel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Peralta in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Jeffress in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B40000020.286.330.404.733-1.0
C. Dickerson LF40100010.302.336.453.7890.5
S. Marte CF41111001.280.332.470.8026.0
C. Moran 3B40100011.272.356.431.7870.5
F. Cervelli C40000022.256.388.488.876-1.0
J. Bell 1B31000112.243.325.376.7021.5
G. Polanco RF30100110.215.319.426.7451.5
J. Mercer SS40110031.263.328.411.7391.5
J. Taillon P10000010.083.120.125.245-0.5
a- J. Osuna PH10000000.233.258.467.7250.0
T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Taillon in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Glasnow in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Aguilar (11)
  • 3B - M. Pina
  • HR - J. Aguilar (14)
  • RBI - J. Aguilar 3 (45)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer (17)
  • HR - S. Marte (9)
  • RBI - S. Marte (33), J. Mercer (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (13), J. Mercer (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Yelich (9), E. Sogard (3)
FIELDING
  • E - E. Thames (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mercer-Harrison-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Peralta (W, 2-0)6.02000702.300.8929.5
D. Jennings (H, 7)0.21111103.441.38-2.5
J. Jeffress (H, 9)1.12110310.760.841.5
C. Knebel (S, 7)1.00001204.021.0910.0
PITCHERSIP
F. Peralta (W, 2-0)6.0
D. Jennings (H, 7)0.2
J. Jeffress (H, 9)1.1
C. Knebel (S, 7)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (L, 4-6)5.07331714.031.222.5
T. Glasnow2.02000404.281.336.0
E. Santana1.00000203.820.984.0
K. Crick1.00000002.881.283.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (L, 4-6)5.0
T. Glasnow2.0
E. Santana1.0
K. Crick1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Peralta 99-62, D. Jennings 30-20, J. Jeffress 24-15, C. Knebel 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Peralta 2-10, D. Jennings 1-0
  • Batters Faced - F. Peralta 21, D. Jennings 4, J. Jeffress 6, C. Knebel 4
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Glasnow (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 100-67, T. Glasnow 33-19, E. Santana 13-9, K. Crick 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 5-3, T. Glasnow 1-0, E. Santana 1-0, K. Crick 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 23, T. Glasnow 7, E. Santana 3, K. Crick 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Cain CF42200011.290.389.440.8303.5
C. Yelich LF40100023.296.369.467.8362.0
J. Aguilar 1B31231111.298.363.580.94310.5
E. Thames RF40000023.224.327.576.903-1.0
D. Santana RF00000000.251.316.358.6740.0
H. Perez 3B40000033.259.288.396.683-1.5
J. Villar 2B40000010.271.317.399.716-0.5
M. Pina C40200000.219.280.356.6364.0
O. Arcia SS40100012.203.236.262.4980.5
F. Peralta P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- E. Sogard PH10100000.133.250.169.4193.0
D. Jennings P0000-000.667.6671.000.000-
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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C. Knebel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Peralta in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Jeffress in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B40000020.286.330.404.733-1.0
C. Dickerson LF40100010.302.336.453.7890.5
S. Marte CF41111001.280.332.470.8026.0
C. Moran 3B40100011.272.356.431.7870.5
F. Cervelli C40000022.256.388.488.876-1.0
J. Bell 1B31000112.243.325.376.7021.5
G. Polanco RF30100110.215.319.426.7451.5
J. Mercer SS40110031.263.328.411.7391.5
J. Taillon P10000010.083.120.125.245-0.5
a- J. Osuna PH10000000.233.258.467.7250.0
T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Meadows PH10000012.323.347.591.938-0.5
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Taillon in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Glasnow in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Aguilar (11)
  • 3B - M. Pina
  • HR - J. Aguilar (14)
  • RBI - J. Aguilar 3 (45)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer (17)
  • HR - S. Marte (9)
  • RBI - S. Marte (33), J. Mercer (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (13), J. Mercer (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Yelich (9), E. Sogard (3)
FIELDING
  • E - E. Thames (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mercer-Harrison-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Peralta (W, 2-0)6.02000702.300.8929.5
D. Jennings (H, 7)0.21111103.441.38-2.5
J. Jeffress (H, 9)1.12110310.760.841.5
C. Knebel (S, 7)1.00001204.021.0910.0
Total9.05222131---
PITCHERSIP
F. Peralta (W, 2-0)6.0
D. Jennings (H, 7)0.2
J. Jeffress (H, 9)1.1
C. Knebel (S, 7)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (L, 4-6)5.07331714.031.222.5
T. Glasnow2.02000404.281.336.0
E. Santana1.00000203.820.984.0
K. Crick1.00000002.881.283.0
Total9.09331131---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (L, 4-6)5.0
T. Glasnow2.0
E. Santana1.0
K. Crick1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Peralta 99-62, D. Jennings 30-20, J. Jeffress 24-15, C. Knebel 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Peralta 2-10, D. Jennings 1-0
  • Batters Faced - F. Peralta 21, D. Jennings 4, J. Jeffress 6, C. Knebel 4
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Glasnow (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 100-67, T. Glasnow 33-19, E. Santana 13-9, K. Crick 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 5-3, T. Glasnow 1-0, E. Santana 1-0, K. Crick 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 23, T. Glasnow 7, E. Santana 3, K. Crick 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Marte homered to center32
  • 7TH INNING
    Mercer doubled to left center, Bell scored, Polanco to third31
  • 3RD INNING
    Aguilar doubled to deep left, Cain scored30
  • 1ST INNING
    Aguilar homered to right center, Cain scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick relieved Edgar Santana
    • M. Pina: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pina grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Arcia lined out to center
    • Ryan Braun hit for Jeremy Jeffress
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Braun grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Corey Knebel pitching
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell flied out to left
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco walked
    • J. Mercer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Edgar Santana pitching
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Villar grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Domingo Santana in right field
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson popped out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Marte homered to center
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Eric Sogard hit for Freddy Peralta
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sogard singled to right
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging, Sogard stole second
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Sogard to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Jennings pitching
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moran grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco singled to right, Bell to third
    • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Dan Jennings
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer doubled to left center, Bell scored, Polanco to third
    • Austin Meadows hit for Tyler Glasnow
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Tyler Glasnow pitching
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pina singled to center
    • O. Arcia: Arcia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pina out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison grounded out to third
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson struck out looking
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Cain grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Yelich singled to shallow center
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Aguilar walked, Yelich to second
    • E. Thames: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Thames flied out to left
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Yelich stole third, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco flied out to center
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • Jose Osuna hit for Jameson Taillon
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Osuna grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Villar grounded out to first
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pina grounded out to third
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Arcia singled to center
    • F. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dickerson singled to left center
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Marte lined out to right
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moran reached on an infield single to third, Dickerson to second
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli flied out to center
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cain reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich lined out to left
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar doubled to deep left, Cain scored
    • E. Thames: Foul, Thames flied out to deep right, Aguilar to third
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Taillon struck out swinging
    • J. Harrison: Harrison flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Villar grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Pina tripled to deep center
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • F. Peralta: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cervelli flied out to right
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell flied out to right
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • C. Yelich: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aguilar homered to right center, Cain scored
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dickerson popped out to third
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte safe at first on 1st baseman Thames fielding error, Marte to second
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moran lined out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)