Brewers now 2 1/2 games behind Cubs with 3-1 loss to Pirates

MILWAUKEE (AP) Zach Davies couldn't hold an early lead and it proved costly to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Davies gave up a go-ahead double to Francisco Cervelli in the fourth inning that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Saturday night.

Milwaukee lost for just the fourth time in 15 games and dropped 2 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. The Brewers' lead for the NL's top wild card was cut to three games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

''The team was there till the end of it,'' Davies said, even though he was finished after five innings. ''The fight's still there. It's going to be fighting till the end of the season.''

Christian Yelich reached 30 homers for the first time when he connected in the first off Ivan Nova (9-9).

''You got to be careful with that guy,'' Nova said of Yelich. ''I went 1-1 trying to go in off the plate, missed off the plate and guy hit a homer.''

Nova wasn't worried, though.

''The game doesn't end in the first inning,'' Nova said. ''You got to move on.''

Nova gave up one run and four hits in six innings. He retired 17 of the next 20 batters after Yelich's homer.

''He got through six innings pretty easy, really,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''We didn't get much going on with him as the game progressed.''

Nova downplayed any suggestion of the Pirates playing the role of spoiler.

''No, you want to finish strong,'' he said after helping the Pirates improve to 10-5 against the Brewers this season. ''It don't matter who you are facing, you just want to finish strong. You want to get the job done.''

Colin Moran hit a tying RBI double in the second. Pittsburgh scored its final run in the sixth when Starling Marte doubled and came around when Josh Bell stole his first base since June 22 last year, and catcher Erik Kratz's throwing bounced into center field for an error.

Davies (2-6), who had two stints on the disabled list this season caused by right rotator cuff inflammation, made his third start since his latest return to the majors and allowed two runs, three hits and a walk.

Rookie Richard Rodriguez pitched the seventh, Kyle Crick followed in the eighth and Felipe Vazquez allowed a pair of singles in the ninth before retiring Mike Moustakas on a lineout and Domingo Santana on a flyout, and then striking out Jonathan Schoop. Vazquez has 33 saves in 37 chances, including the longest active streak in the major leagues at 23.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Reliever Keone Kela won't pitch again this season. The right-hander worked a scoreless inning in his last appearance on Sept. 3 at Atlanta. His 52 innings are the most since a career-high 60 1/3 in 2015. ''Enough has been accomplished,'' Hurdle said of Kela's high-leverage situations and workload. ... C Elias Diaz has not played since leaving the game in Atlanta on Aug. 31 with right hamstring discomfort. He has begun running the bases.

Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson, on the 60-day DL after right shoulder surgery, is to pitch batting practice at the Brewers' complex in Phoenix.

DOUBLE EJECTION

Cervelli was at the plate at the time and reacted angrily to a called third strike by plate umpire Tripp Gibson. Both Cervelli and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle were ejected. Hurdle ran out of the dugout to separate Cervelli and Gibson, and crew chief Brian Gorman kept Hurdle away from Gibson as Cervelli finally left the field.

STATS LINE

Yelich became the ninth player in Brewers franchise history to hit 30 home runs and score 100 runs in a season and the first since Ryan Braun did it in 2012.

Yelich has reached in 30 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the NL.

UP NEXT

Brewers RHP Jhoulys Chacin (14-7, 3.54 ERA) is 0-2 with a 2.28 ERA in four starts against Pittsburgh this season. Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (12-9, 3.28 ERA) is 3-0 in his last four road starts going into Sunday and has not allowed a run in three of the four

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  • W: I. Nova (9-9)L: Z. Davies (2-6)S: F. Vazquez (33)
  • HR: MIL - C. Yelich (30)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B40000001.282.346.451.7980.0
S. Marte CF41100010.272.317.450.7674.5
J. Bell 1B31100110.263.354.412.7654.5
F. Cervelli C30110011.258.381.426.8072.5
J. Stallings C10000000.208.231.208.4390.0
C. Dickerson LF21000211.289.320.449.7702.5
J. Luplow RF30000104.227.320.439.7590.0
C. Moran 3B40110010.278.336.396.7322.5
K. Newman SS30100001.180.241.220.4611.0
I. Nova P20000020.020.020.020.039-1.0
a- K. Kramer PH10000011.214.267.214.481-0.5
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Nova in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson RF30000111.250.355.453.8080.5
C. Yelich LF41211001.315.384.560.9437.0
L. Cain CF40100013.313.402.429.8320.5
T. Shaw 2B30000011.239.340.477.817-0.5
a- R. Braun PH10100000.250.308.440.7481.0
J. Aguilar 1B40300000.274.352.540.8914.0
K. Broxton PR00000000.188.300.406.7060.0
M. Moustakas 3B40000024.254.315.467.782-1.0
E. Kratz C30000002.243.290.361.6510.0
b- D. Santana PH10000002.255.318.365.6830.0
O. Arcia SS20000000.221.257.287.5440.0
c- J. Schoop PH-SS20000023.233.266.424.690-1.0
Z. Davies P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
d- T. Saladino PH10000010.261.315.420.736-0.5
D. Jennings P0000-000.667.6671.000.000-
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Guerra P0000-000.088.088.176.000-
e- E. Thames PH00000100.222.309.481.7901.0
J. Lyles P00000000.000.167.000.1670.0
  • a-singled for Shaw in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Kratz in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Arcia in the 7th
  • d-struck out for Davies in the 5th
  • e-walked for Ju. Guerra in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (26), F. Cervelli (13), C. Moran (17)
  • RBI - F. Cervelli (53), C. Moran (52)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Moran (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier, J. Luplow 2 (2), K. Newman
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Aguilar (24)
  • HR - C. Yelich (30)
  • RBI - C. Yelich (89)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain 3 (3), T. Shaw, J. Schoop 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (32), J. Bell
  • CS - J. Luplow
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-Newman-Bell)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arcia-Shaw)
  • E - E. Kratz (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 9-9)6.04111414.071.2524.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 9)1.01000202.611.083.0
K. Crick (H, 14)1.00001102.601.232.5
F. Vazquez (S, 33)1.02000102.571.258.5
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 9-9)6.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 9)1.0
K. Crick (H, 14)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 33)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Davies (L, 2-6)5.03221304.661.345.5
D. Jennings0.10000003.161.370.0
J. Barnes0.11102103.551.55-2.5
J. Guerra2.11000304.181.426.5
J. Lyles1.00001104.351.322.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Davies (L, 2-6)5.0
D. Jennings0.1
J. Barnes0.1
J. Guerra2.1
J. Lyles1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Rodriguez (11)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 76-53, R. Rodriguez 17-12, K. Crick 17-10, F. Vazquez 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 6-7, K. Crick 2-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 22, R. Rodriguez 4, K. Crick 4, F. Vazquez 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 88-55, D. Jennings 4-2, J. Barnes 28-16, J. Guerra 30-19, J. Lyles 18-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 6-5, D. Jennings 1-0, J. Guerra 2-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 18, D. Jennings, J. Barnes 4, J. Guerra 8, J. Lyles 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B40000001.282.346.451.7980.0
S. Marte CF41100010.272.317.450.7674.5
J. Bell 1B31100110.263.354.412.7654.5
F. Cervelli C30110011.258.381.426.8072.5
J. Stallings C10000000.208.231.208.4390.0
C. Dickerson LF21000211.289.320.449.7702.5
J. Luplow RF30000104.227.320.439.7590.0
C. Moran 3B40110010.278.336.396.7322.5
K. Newman SS30100001.180.241.220.4611.0
I. Nova P20000020.020.020.020.039-1.0
a- K. Kramer PH10000011.214.267.214.481-0.5
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Nova in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson RF30000111.250.355.453.8080.5
C. Yelich LF41211001.315.384.560.9437.0
L. Cain CF40100013.313.402.429.8320.5
T. Shaw 2B30000011.239.340.477.817-0.5
a- R. Braun PH10100000.250.308.440.7481.0
J. Aguilar 1B40300000.274.352.540.8914.0
K. Broxton PR00000000.188.300.406.7060.0
M. Moustakas 3B40000024.254.315.467.782-1.0
E. Kratz C30000002.243.290.361.6510.0
b- D. Santana PH10000002.255.318.365.6830.0
O. Arcia SS20000000.221.257.287.5440.0
c- J. Schoop PH-SS20000023.233.266.424.690-1.0
Z. Davies P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
d- T. Saladino PH10000010.261.315.420.736-0.5
D. Jennings P0000-000.667.6671.000.000-
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Guerra P0000-000.088.088.176.000-
e- E. Thames PH00000100.222.309.481.7901.0
J. Lyles P00000000.000.167.000.1670.0
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  • a-singled for Shaw in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Kratz in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Arcia in the 7th
  • d-struck out for Davies in the 5th
  • e-walked for Ju. Guerra in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (26), F. Cervelli (13), C. Moran (17)
  • RBI - F. Cervelli (53), C. Moran (52)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Moran (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier, J. Luplow 2 (2), K. Newman
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Aguilar (24)
  • HR - C. Yelich (30)
  • RBI - C. Yelich (89)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain 3 (3), T. Shaw, J. Schoop 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (32), J. Bell
  • CS - J. Luplow
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-Newman-Bell)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arcia-Shaw)
  • E - E. Kratz (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 9-9)6.04111414.071.2524.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 9)1.01000202.611.083.0
K. Crick (H, 14)1.00001102.601.232.5
F. Vazquez (S, 33)1.02000102.571.258.5
Total9.0711281---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 9-9)6.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 9)1.0
K. Crick (H, 14)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 33)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Davies (L, 2-6)5.03221304.661.345.5
D. Jennings0.10000003.161.370.0
J. Barnes0.11102103.551.55-2.5
J. Guerra2.11000304.181.426.5
J. Lyles1.00001104.351.322.5
Total9.0532480---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Davies (L, 2-6)5.0
D. Jennings0.1
J. Barnes0.1
J. Guerra2.1
J. Lyles1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Rodriguez (11)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 76-53, R. Rodriguez 17-12, K. Crick 17-10, F. Vazquez 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 6-7, K. Crick 2-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 22, R. Rodriguez 4, K. Crick 4, F. Vazquez 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 88-55, D. Jennings 4-2, J. Barnes 28-16, J. Guerra 30-19, J. Lyles 18-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 6-5, D. Jennings 1-0, J. Guerra 2-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 18, D. Jennings, J. Barnes 4, J. Guerra 8, J. Lyles 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Marte stole home Bell stole second, Marte scored31
  • 4TH INNING
    Cervelli doubled to deep left, Bell scored21
  • 2ND INNING
    Moran doubled to shallow left, Dickerson scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Yelich homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jordan Lyles pitching
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson popped out to shortstop
    • J. Luplow: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Luplow walked
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Luplow caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • Ryan Braun hit for Travis Shaw
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Foul, Braun singled to right
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Aguilar singled to left, Braun to second
    • Keon Broxton ran for Jesus Aguilar
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas lined out to shortstop
    • Domingo Santana hit for Erik Kratz
    • D. Santana: Santana flied out to center, Braun to third
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • J. Stallings: Ball, Stallings flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Eric Thames hit for Junior Guerra
    • Kyle Crick relieved Richard Rodriguez
    • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Thames walked
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to second, Thames to second
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Foul, Foul, Yelich reached on fielder's choice to third, Thames out at third
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Moran grounded out to second
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Newman singled to center
    • Kevin Kramer hit for Ivan Nova
    • K. Kramer: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Kramer struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Aguilar doubled to deep left
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Aguilar to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Kratz fouled out to first
    • Jonathan Schoop hit for Orlando Arcia
    • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Dan Jennings pitching
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
    • Jacob Barnes relieved Dan Jennings
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marte doubled to left
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte stole third Bell stole second, Marte to third, Marte stole home Bell stole second, Marte scored, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dickerson walked
    • Junior Guerra relieved Jacob Barnes
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Luplow flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Jacob Stallings catching
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to second
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich flied out to deep left
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain singled to right
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moran lined out to center
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Newman grounded out to shortstop
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Nova struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Kratz flied out to shallow left
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Foul, Arcia grounded out to third
    • Tyler Saladino hit for Zach Davies
    • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Saladino struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bell singled to shallow right
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli doubled to deep left, Bell scored
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Luplow lined out to shortstop, Cervelli out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Aguilar flied out to center
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nova struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to second
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Arcia flied out to right
    • Z. Davies: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davies grounded out to second
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Yelich reached on an infield single to shortstop, Granderson to second
    • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Ball, Cain grounded into fielder's choice to third, Granderson out at third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to second
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dickerson walked
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Luplow popped out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Moran doubled to shallow left, Dickerson scored
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Newman grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar singled to right
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas popped out to second
    • E. Kratz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kratz grounded out to shortstop, Aguilar out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier lined out to right
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Bell flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Yelich homered to center
    • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Cain flied out to deep center
    • T. Shaw: Shaw grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)