Bell's 4 hits send Pirates over Brewers 7-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Josh Bell has had a tough third season at the plate, with an overall drop in production and especially in extra-base hits.

Bell might have turned the corner in that department on Friday, with two doubles and a triple as part of his four-hit night that helped Pittsburgh to a 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bell came into the game with two extra-base hits in July and was slugging .378, third-worst among qualified first basemen. He credited a change in mindset rather than anything mechanical.

''It's just one of those things where you get your butt kicked so many times in this game, you've kind of got to take a step back and realize that sometimes it's you making it harder than it is,'' Bell said. ''Just trying to take a step back and allow them to come to me.''

Bell's big night followed a three-walk game on Thursday. The combination of times on base and extra base hits has his OPS at .736, the highest it's been since mid-May.

''Love seeing it, and he's been working hard,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

The Pirates got to Milwaukee starter Junior Guerra (6-6) early and often. They scored three runs in the first on Gregory Polanco's sacrifice fly, an RBI single by Colin Moran and Bell's run-scoring double.

Polanco hit his 14th home run of the season in the fourth inning.

In the fifth, Moran scored on Bell's double with the aid of Lorenzo Cain's error. Jordy Mercer then drove in Bell with a double. Bell drove in Moran again with a triple in the eighth.

Nick Kingham (4-4) tied a career high with nine strikeouts and allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings. Kingham walked just one batter and 63 of his 95 pitches went for strikes.

''I think you get ahead in the count, you're the aggressor and that kind of puts the batter on their heels,'' he said, ''They may swing at some pitches they typically don't swing at. Now that I'm pounding strikes, just getting them to chase on some good pitches.''

Kyle Crick got four outs for his second save of the season.

Guerra yielded six runs, nine hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out four.

''It was just a rough outing for him,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''They swung the bats well against him. A lot of balls in the middle that got hit. Just one that he's going to wipe out. It wasn't very good.''

The fourth-place Pirates have won five of their last six. First-place Milwaukee has lost four of five and its lead has been cut to a half-game over the Chicago Cubs.

The Brewers' slide has come as they finish the first half on a stretch of 21 games in 20 days, but Counsell brushed off any notion of fatigue.

''We're 90 games in and we've got 70 games to go,'' he said. ''That's not time to be tired.''

Brewers reliever Brandon Woodruff, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs, pitched three innings of one-hit relief and hit his first career home run.

''That's something that not everybody, especially a pitcher gets to do,'' Woodruff said. ''It's definitely special.''

Milwaukee optioned right-handed reliever Adrian Houser to the minors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: RF Eric Thames left the game in the second inning with left hamstring tightness. Hernan Perez replaced him.

Pirates: INF/OF Sean Rodriguez went 1 for 2 with a home run and two walks in his rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (6-6, 3.18 ERA) is scheduled to start the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, with LHP Brent Suter (8-5, 4.53 ERA) following in the second game.

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (5-6, 4.50 ERA) is in line to start the first game, followed by RHP Clay Holmes (0-1, 7.11 ERA), who is expected to be recalled from High-A Bradenton as the 26th man. It will be Holmes' second MLB start.

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  • W: N. Kingham (4-4)L: J. Guerra (6-6)S: K. Crick (2)
  • HR: MIL - T. Shaw (17), B. Woodruff (1), PIT - G. Polanco (14)
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C. Yelich LF40000022.285.359.452.811-1.0
J. Aguilar 1B40000022.302.370.6341.004-1.0
T. Shaw 3B41111000.241.339.469.8086.0
J. Villar 2B40200000.264.314.382.6964.0
T. Saladino SS41200011.292.354.500.8544.5
J. Nottingham C30000121.176.300.235.5350.0
J. Guerra P10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
B. Woodruff P11111000.286.286.7141.0006.0
b- B. Miller PH10000000.257.322.429.7500.0
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- K. Broxton PH10000002.162.262.351.6130.0
  • a-singled for Thames in the 3rd
  • b-grounded out for Woodruff in the 8th
  • c-grounded out for Barnes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson LF41200010.308.343.463.8074.5
S. Marte CF41100011.284.334.465.7993.5
G. Polanco RF31121000.234.336.472.8087.0
K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
F. Cervelli C31000110.243.379.460.8391.5
C. Moran 3B42310000.266.338.410.7486.0
J. Bell 1B41420000.259.340.396.73510.0
J. Harrison 2B30000103.259.302.353.6551.0
J. Mercer SS40110021.253.312.394.7052.0
N. Kingham P30000022.063.167.125.292-1.0
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Meadows RF10000001.298.329.477.8060.0
    BATTING
    • HR - T. Shaw (17), B. Woodruff
    • RBI - H. Perez (22), T. Shaw (54), B. Woodruff
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Dickerson 2 (21), J. Bell (20), J. Mercer (22)
    • 3B - J. Bell (4)
    • HR - G. Polanco (14)
    • SF - G. Polanco (5)
    • RBI - G. Polanco 2 (49), C. Moran (37), J. Bell 2 (44), J. Mercer (31)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Polanco (12), J. Mercer (10)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Villar (14), T. Saladino (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - S. Marte (24)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - L. Cain (10)
    • DP - (Saladino-Villar-Aguilar)
    • E - L. Cain (3), J. Nottingham (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Mercer-Harrison-Bell)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Guerra (L, 6-6)4.09662413.231.28-8.0
    B. Woodruff3.01000304.441.189.5
    J. Barnes1.02110003.651.570.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Guerra (L, 6-6)4.0
    B. Woodruff3.0
    J. Barnes1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Kingham (W, 4-4)6.15331924.261.1323.5
    E. Santana (H, 11)1.12000003.211.001.0
    K. Crick (S, 2)1.12000102.041.228.5
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Kingham (W, 4-4)6.1
    E. Santana (H, 11)1.1
    K. Crick (S, 2)1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Guerra 86-51, B. Woodruff 34-24, J. Barnes 13-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Guerra 5-2, B. Woodruff 5-0, J. Barnes 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Guerra 22, B. Woodruff 9, J. Barnes 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Kingham 95-63, E. Santana 17-13, K. Crick 20-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Kingham 8-1, E. Santana 1-3, K. Crick 1-2
    • Batters Faced - N. Kingham 24, E. Santana 6, K. Crick 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    a- H. Perez PH-RF30210010.250.282.396.6782.5
    L. Cain CF40100001.294.398.430.8281.0
    C. Yelich LF40000022.285.359.452.811-1.0
    J. Aguilar 1B40000022.302.370.6341.004-1.0
    T. Shaw 3B41111000.241.339.469.8086.0
    J. Villar 2B40200000.264.314.382.6964.0
    T. Saladino SS41200011.292.354.500.8544.5
    J. Nottingham C30000121.176.300.235.5350.0
    J. Guerra P10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
    B. Woodruff P11111000.286.286.7141.0006.0
    b- B. Miller PH10000000.257.322.429.7500.0
    J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    c- K. Broxton PH10000002.162.262.351.6130.0
    Total35393211011-----
    • a-singled for Thames in the 3rd
    • b-grounded out for Woodruff in the 8th
    • c-grounded out for Barnes in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Dickerson LF41200010.308.343.463.8074.5
    S. Marte CF41100011.284.334.465.7993.5
    G. Polanco RF31121000.234.336.472.8087.0
    K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    F. Cervelli C31000110.243.379.460.8391.5
    C. Moran 3B42310000.266.338.410.7486.0
    J. Bell 1B41420000.259.340.396.73510.0
    J. Harrison 2B30000103.259.302.353.6551.0
    J. Mercer SS40110021.253.312.394.7052.0
    N. Kingham P30000022.063.167.125.292-1.0
    E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Meadows RF10000001.298.329.477.8060.0
    Total3371261278-----
      BATTING
      • HR - T. Shaw (17), B. Woodruff
      • RBI - H. Perez (22), T. Shaw (54), B. Woodruff
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Dickerson 2 (21), J. Bell (20), J. Mercer (22)
      • 3B - J. Bell (4)
      • HR - G. Polanco (14)
      • SF - G. Polanco (5)
      • RBI - G. Polanco 2 (49), C. Moran (37), J. Bell 2 (44), J. Mercer (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Polanco (12), J. Mercer (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Villar (14), T. Saladino (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Marte (24)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Cain (10)
      • DP - (Saladino-Villar-Aguilar)
      • E - L. Cain (3), J. Nottingham (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mercer-Harrison-Bell)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Guerra (L, 6-6)4.09662413.231.28-8.0
      B. Woodruff3.01000304.441.189.5
      J. Barnes1.02110003.651.570.0
      Total8.01277271---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Guerra (L, 6-6)4.0
      B. Woodruff3.0
      J. Barnes1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Kingham (W, 4-4)6.15331924.261.1323.5
      E. Santana (H, 11)1.12000003.211.001.0
      K. Crick (S, 2)1.12000102.041.228.5
      Total9.09331102---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Kingham (W, 4-4)6.1
      E. Santana (H, 11)1.1
      K. Crick (S, 2)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Guerra 86-51, B. Woodruff 34-24, J. Barnes 13-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Guerra 5-2, B. Woodruff 5-0, J. Barnes 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Guerra 22, B. Woodruff 9, J. Barnes 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Kingham 95-63, E. Santana 17-13, K. Crick 20-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Kingham 8-1, E. Santana 1-3, K. Crick 1-2
      • Batters Faced - N. Kingham 24, E. Santana 6, K. Crick 6
      • 8TH INNING
        Bell tripled to deep right center, Moran scored37
      • 7TH INNING
        Shaw homered to center36
      • 6TH INNING
        Woodruff homered to right26
      • 4TH INNING
        Polanco homered to right16
      • 3RD INNING
        Mercer doubled to left, Bell scored, Harrison to third15
        Bell singled to left center, Moran scored, Bell to third on center fielder Cain fielding error14
        Perez singled to left, Saladino scored, Nottingham to second13
      • 1ST INNING
        Bell doubled to deep right center, Cervelli scored, Moran out at home03
        Moran singled to center, Marte scored, Cervelli to third02
        Polanco hit sacrifice fly to center, Dickerson scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • K. Crick Pitching:
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Shaw lined out to center
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Villar reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Saladino singled to left, Villar to second
        • J. Nottingham: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nottingham struck out swinging, Villar stole third
        • Keon Broxton hit for Jacob Barnes
        • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Broxton grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brad Miller hit for Brandon Woodruff
        • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Miller grounded out to pitcher
        • H. Perez: Strike looking, Perez singled to center
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain singled to right center, Perez to second
        • C. Yelich: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Yelich lined out to left
        • Austin Meadows in right field
        • Kyle Crick pitching
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Aguilar flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jacob Barnes pitching
        • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moran singled to center
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell tripled to deep right center, Moran scored
        • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded out to second
        • J. Mercer: Foul, Foul, Mercer fouled out to first
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • N. Kingham Pitching:
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Shaw homered to center
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Villar singled to center
        • Edgar Santana relieved Nick Kingham
        • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Saladino flied out to left
        • J. Nottingham: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Nottingham flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Woodruff Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to second
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Kingham Pitching:
        • B. Woodruff: Foul, Woodruff homered to right
        • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • L. Cain: Ball, Cain grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Yelich: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Yelich struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Woodruff Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
        • N. Kingham: Kingham grounded out to third
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul on catcher Nottingham dropped ball error, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • N. Kingham Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Villar grounded out to second
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Saladino struck out swinging
        • J. Nottingham: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Nottingham struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brandon Woodruff relieved Junior Guerra
        • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moran grounded out to second
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bell singled to center
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Ball, Harrison grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bell out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • N. Kingham Pitching:
        • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Yelich struck out on foul tip
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Aguilar flied out to deep center
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Foul, Shaw grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Guerra Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Marte: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco homered to right
        • F. Cervelli: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • N. Kingham Pitching:
        • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Saladino singled to left
        • J. Nottingham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nottingham walked, Saladino to second
        • J. Guerra: Foul, Foul, Foul, Guerra struck out bunting foul
        • Hernan Perez hit for Eric Thames
        • H. Perez: Perez singled to left, Saladino scored, Nottingham to second
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Cain grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Perez out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Guerra Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco grounded out to pitcher
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Moran: Moran singled to right
        • J. Bell: Ball, Bell singled to left center, Moran scored, Bell to third on center fielder Cain fielding error
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harrison walked
        • J. Mercer: Mercer doubled to left, Bell scored, Harrison to third
        • N. Kingham: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingham struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • N. Kingham Pitching:
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Shaw grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Villar: Villar grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Guerra Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
        • N. Kingham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kingham struck out looking
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson doubled to right
        • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • N. Kingham Pitching:
        • E. Thames: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
        • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cain grounded out to first
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Yelich grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Guerra Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson doubled to deep right center
        • S. Marte: Ball, Marte singled to left, Dickerson to third
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Marte stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco hit sacrifice fly to center, Dickerson scored
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli walked
        • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Moran singled to center, Marte scored, Cervelli to third
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Bell doubled to deep right center, Cervelli scored, Moran out at home
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)