Brewers can't complete rally in 9th, lose to Pirates 3-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why.

Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana hit back-to-back home runs to begin the ninth inning for Milwaukee, but the NL wild-card leaders couldn't complete the rally and lost 3-2 on Sunday.

''You've got to bring it every day,'' Counsell said. ''It's a good message for us the rest of the season - every day's a tough day. We're treating it like that.''

The Brewers remained 2 1/2 games behind Chicago in the NL Central after the Cubs' 2-1 loss to Cincinnati. Milwaukee leads the NL wild-card chase by three games over Los Angeles and St. Louis.

''We're not trying to think about that,'' Aguilar said. ''All we can control right now is going out there and winning games. We can't worry about what anybody else is doing.''

Pirates starter Trevor Williams (13-9) pitched six scoreless innings. Milwaukee hadn't scored in 16 straight innings before Aguilar's shot into the left-field bleachers off closer Felipe Vazquez to lead off the ninth.

Santana followed with a home run on the next pitch. But Vazquez settled down from there to convert his 24th consecutive save and 34th overall this season. Ryan Braun struck out, Mike Moustakas popped out weakly and Erik Kratz grounded out to end it.

''That game gets away from a lot of closers,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''But it didn't get away from ours.''

NO HELP

Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (14-8) was moved up in the rotation because of his past success against Pittsburgh. But, without any run support, it didn't matter.

''It's frustrating,'' Chacin said. ''We have to find a way to beat the Pirates.''

Milwaukee is 5-11 against Pittsburgh this season and has scored three runs or less in 10 of those games.

Meanwhile, Williams sparkled again. After a so-so first-half, he is 6-2 with a 1.19 ERA in 10 second-half starts. He struck out seven while scattering two hits and two walks and has allowed just one run in 13 innings against Milwaukee.

''To be able to get a series win against a good division rival this late in the year is good for us,'' Williams said. ''It is good for us to carry this momentum into our final home stand.''

SPOILER ALERT

Pittsburgh will remain a major factor in who ultimately wins the NL Central with three more games at home against Milwaukee beginning Friday and a four-game trip to Chicago starting Sept. 24.

''We've got a tough schedule to finish out the year,'' said Williams, who has given up one run over 13 innings against Milwaukee this season. ''I think for us collectively we just have to play the best ball that we are able to.''

STREAK ENDS

Christian Yelich's NL-best streak of reaching base safely ended at 30 games with an 0-for-4 performance for Milwaukee.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Elias Diaz (right hamstring) could return to action as soon as Monday against Kansas City. . Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage is scheduled to undergo cervical neck surgery this week. Justin Meccage will serve as interim pitching coach.

Brewers: Counsell says he's not concerned with Chacin's workload, which now stands at 178 innings. With two more projected starts this season, Chacin will finish just shy of his career high of 197 1/3 innings in 2013.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (6-9, 3.87 ERA) leads Pittsburgh into an interleague matchup with the Kansas City Royals.

Brewers: Wade Miley (4-2, 2.23) gets the nod to begin a three-game series with Cincinnati.

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  • W: T. Williams (13-9)L: J. Chacin (14-8)S: F. Vazquez (34)
  • HR: MIL - J. Aguilar (32), D. Santana (4)
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S. Marte CF40100001.272.316.449.7651.0
J. Bell 1B21000201.262.355.410.7652.0
J. Luplow RF40000033.214.304.414.718-1.5
C. Dickerson LF42310011.293.324.456.7807.5
C. Moran 3B20000201.276.338.394.7322.0
K. Newman SS30120002.189.241.226.4683.0
J. Stallings C30000122.185.233.185.4190.0
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  • a-announced for Rodriguez in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Kramer in the 8th
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L. Cain CF30000101.311.401.427.8281.0
C. Yelich RF40000002.313.381.556.9370.0
J. Aguilar 1B31111120.275.353.545.8986.0
T. Shaw 2B30000021.237.338.474.812-1.0
a- D. Santana PH11111000.259.321.383.7056.0
R. Braun LF40000021.247.305.435.740-1.0
M. Moustakas 3B40000001.252.313.463.7760.0
E. Kratz C40200000.249.294.370.6643.0
O. Arcia SS20100011.223.258.291.5501.5
b- J. Schoop PH-SS10000011.232.266.423.688-0.5
J. Chacin P10000001.170.214.189.4030.0
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  • a-homered for Shaw in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Arcia in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Chacin in the 5th
  • d-flied out for Cedeno in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Dickerson 2 (31)
  • SF - K. Newman
  • SH - T. Williams (6)
  • RBI - C. Dickerson (50), K. Newman 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Newman (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, J. Luplow, J. Stallings 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Kratz (6), O. Arcia (12)
  • HR - J. Aguilar (32), D. Santana (4)
  • RBI - J. Aguilar (99), D. Santana (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain, C. Yelich 2 (2), M. Moustakas, J. Schoop
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Bell (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Arcia-Shaw-Aguilar; Kratz-Arcia)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (W, 13-9)6.02002703.161.1627.5
R. Rodriguez (H, 10)1.01000102.571.082.5
K. Crick (H, 15)1.00000002.561.213.0
F. Vazquez (S, 34)1.02220122.811.276.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (W, 13-9)6.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 10)1.0
K. Crick (H, 15)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 34)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 14-8)5.03223403.541.204.0
C. Knebel1.00001204.151.153.0
J. Soria1.00000103.461.213.5
X. Cedeno1.00000002.351.143.0
C. Burnes1.02111102.871.09-0.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 14-8)5.0
C. Knebel1.0
J. Soria1.0
X. Cedeno1.0
C. Burnes1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 97-63, R. Rodriguez 15-10, K. Crick 14-9, F. Vazquez 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 4-7, R. Rodriguez 1-1, K. Crick 1-2, F. Vazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 22, R. Rodriguez 4, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Burnes (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 79-50, C. Knebel 14-8, J. Soria 8-7, X. Cedeno 9-7, C. Burnes 18-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 5-5, J. Soria 1-1, X. Cedeno 3-0, C. Burnes 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 20, C. Knebel 3, J. Soria 3, X. Cedeno 3, C. Burnes 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Marte CF40100001.272.316.449.7651.0
J. Bell 1B21000201.262.355.410.7652.0
J. Luplow RF40000033.214.304.414.718-1.5
C. Dickerson LF42310011.293.324.456.7807.5
C. Moran 3B20000201.276.338.394.7322.0
K. Newman SS30120002.189.241.226.4683.0
J. Stallings C30000122.185.233.185.4190.0
T. Williams P10000010.100.122.100.222-0.5
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  • a-announced for Rodriguez in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Kramer in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF30000101.311.401.427.8281.0
C. Yelich RF40000002.313.381.556.9370.0
J. Aguilar 1B31111120.275.353.545.8986.0
T. Shaw 2B30000021.237.338.474.812-1.0
a- D. Santana PH11111000.259.321.383.7056.0
R. Braun LF40000021.247.305.435.740-1.0
M. Moustakas 3B40000001.252.313.463.7760.0
E. Kratz C40200000.249.294.370.6643.0
O. Arcia SS20100011.223.258.291.5501.5
b- J. Schoop PH-SS10000011.232.266.423.688-0.5
J. Chacin P10000001.170.214.189.4030.0
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C. Burnes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-homered for Shaw in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Arcia in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Chacin in the 5th
  • d-flied out for Cedeno in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Dickerson 2 (31)
  • SF - K. Newman
  • SH - T. Williams (6)
  • RBI - C. Dickerson (50), K. Newman 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Newman (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, J. Luplow, J. Stallings 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Kratz (6), O. Arcia (12)
  • HR - J. Aguilar (32), D. Santana (4)
  • RBI - J. Aguilar (99), D. Santana (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain, C. Yelich 2 (2), M. Moustakas, J. Schoop
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Bell (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Arcia-Shaw-Aguilar; Kratz-Arcia)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (W, 13-9)6.02002703.161.1627.5
R. Rodriguez (H, 10)1.01000102.571.082.5
K. Crick (H, 15)1.00000002.561.213.0
F. Vazquez (S, 34)1.02220122.811.276.5
Total9.0522292---
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (W, 13-9)6.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 10)1.0
K. Crick (H, 15)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 34)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 14-8)5.03223403.541.204.0
C. Knebel1.00001204.151.153.0
J. Soria1.00000103.461.213.5
X. Cedeno1.00000002.351.143.0
C. Burnes1.02111102.871.09-0.5
Total9.0533580---
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 14-8)5.0
C. Knebel1.0
J. Soria1.0
X. Cedeno1.0
C. Burnes1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 97-63, R. Rodriguez 15-10, K. Crick 14-9, F. Vazquez 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 4-7, R. Rodriguez 1-1, K. Crick 1-2, F. Vazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 22, R. Rodriguez 4, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Burnes (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 79-50, C. Knebel 14-8, J. Soria 8-7, X. Cedeno 9-7, C. Burnes 18-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 5-5, J. Soria 1-1, X. Cedeno 3-0, C. Burnes 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 20, C. Knebel 3, J. Soria 3, X. Cedeno 3, C. Burnes 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Santana homered to right32
    Aguilar homered to left31
    Newman singled to right, Dickerson scored, Moran to third30
  • 4TH INNING
    Dickerson singled to left, Bell scored, Dickerson to second20
  • 2ND INNING
    Newman hit sacrifice fly to center, Dickerson scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Corbin Burnes pitching
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bell grounded out to first
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Dickerson doubled to deep left
    • C. Moran: Moran intentionally walked
    • K. Newman: Foul, Newman singled to right, Dickerson scored, Moran to third
    • J. Stallings: Strike swinging, Stallings grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar homered to left
    • Domingo Santana hit for Travis Shaw
    • D. Santana: Santana homered to right
    • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Moustakas popped out to second
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Kratz grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kevin Kramer hit for Richard Rodriguez
    • Xavier Cedeno relieved Joakim Soria
    • Jose Osuna hit for Kevin Kramer
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Osuna grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Frazier grounded out to first
    • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Xavier Cedeno
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Granderson flied out to right
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cain grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Yelich lined out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Joakim Soria relieved Corey Knebel
    • C. Moran: Moran grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Newman flied out to deep right
    • J. Stallings: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Stallings struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Richard Rodriguez relieved Trevor Williams
    • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas flied out to left
    • E. Kratz: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kratz singled to left
    • Jonathan Schoop hit for Orlando Arcia
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Corey Knebel pitching
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bell walked
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging, Bell caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Yelich grounded bunt out to catcher
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Stallings: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stallings walked
    • T. Williams: Williams hit sacrifice bunt to first, Stallings to second
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier lined out to right
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • E. Kratz: Kratz doubled to deep left
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • Eric Thames hit for Jhoulys Chacin
    • E. Thames: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
    • L. Cain: Cain grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Luplow grounded out to third, Bell to second
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Dickerson singled to left, Bell scored, Dickerson to second
    • C. Moran: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moran walked
    • K. Newman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Newman grounded out to second, Moran out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Foul, Braun lined out to left
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • T. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier flied out to deep left
    • S. Marte: Foul, Strike swinging, Marte flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • E. Kratz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kratz fouled out to first
    • O. Arcia: Arcia doubled to left
    • J. Chacin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chacin popped out to second
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Yelich grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson doubled to deep right
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moran grounded out to first, Dickerson to third
    • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Newman hit sacrifice fly to center, Dickerson scored
    • J. Stallings: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Stallings struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Shaw popped out to second
    • R. Braun: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Braun struck out looking
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte singled to center
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Bell lined out to right
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Luplow struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cain lined out to shortstop
    • C. Yelich: Yelich flied out to left
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)