Bell caps historic month in style, Pirates top Brewers 9-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) Josh Bell spent some time in the seats above the Clemente Wall in right field at PNC Park on Friday night, carefully folding a handful of gold T-shirts with the phrase ''Bellieve'' on them over the chairs as part of a promotion that is doubling as an All-Star Game push for the scorching Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman.

The 26-year-old stressed, however, that he only laid out a couple of shirts. Three maybe. Four, tops. Team employees handed out the rest. Bell had other things to do pregame, namely sticking to the routine that helped him put together one of the most remarkable months in the franchise's long history.

Bell had two of Pittsburgh's 13 hits - all singles - in Pittsburgh's 9-4 victory over Milwaukee on Friday night. Bell hit .389 in May with 12 home runs, 12 doubles and 31 RBIs. His 94 total bases during the month are the most by any Pirate in any month ever. Heady territory considering Pittsburgh started playing baseball a century - and then some - before Bell was born.

''I feel like I'm just riding the wave,'' Bell said.

One that doesn't appear close to cresting.

Bell's total base mark broke Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner's record of 92 set in June, 1947. Bell is also one of only three players in National League history to have 12 home runs and 12 doubles in the same month, joining Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron.

''He pushes himself,'' Pittsburgh pitcher Chris Archer (2-5) said of Bell after picking up his first victory since April 7. ''If he gets out, he's mad. He's hitting .340 and he's angry that he's got out, which continues to keep him motivated. He's not content. We've got four months left in the season and I expect to see big things from him going forward.''

Bell didn't provide any big blasts Friday night, but contributed to a flood of small ones as the Pirates jumped on struggling Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin to win for just the fourth time in 11 games. Starling Marte had three hits and scored three times and Kevin Newman went 2 for 5 with two RBIs to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games.

SHAKY CHACIN

Chacin (3-7) fell to 1-7 in his last 10 starts when his command abandoned him in the third inning. The 11-year-veteran walked four batters in the frame, three of them with the bases loaded, including a five-pitch walk to Archer that pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 5-1. Freddy Peralta replaced Chacin and Newman delivered a liner to left field that allowed Colin Moran and Adam Frazier to score and push Pittsburgh's advantage to 7-1.

Chacin - a 15-game winner last season for a team that reached the National League Championship Series - saw his ERA balloon to 5.74 after being charged with seven runs in 2 2/3 innings, with two strikeouts. His four walks marked a season high and he threw just 40 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

''I just lost my focus in that inning,'' Chacin said. ''That never happened to me before, walking guys with the bases loaded like that. I need to start to do a better job if I want to keep pitching.''

Something that might not be guaranteed. Asked if Chacin might need a break, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said only: ''We've got to figure out how to get him pitching the way he's capable of.''

ARCHER REBOUNDS

Archer came in winless since early April, a stretch that's watched the centerpiece of a deal that sent Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows to Tampa Bay search for answers. He seemed to find some in a bullpen session in Cincinnati while throwing to Jacob Stallings. Stallings encouraged Archer to rely more on his fastball, and Archer responded by striking out seven with two walks in seven innings. He gave up a solo home run to Jesus Aguilar in the third and a three-run shot to Keston Hiura in the fourth but settled down afterward.

''I'm going to stay relentless,'' Archer said. ''I've been doing this a long time. I'm not going to let (a slump) define me.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: C Manny Pina (right hamstring discomfort) is expected to rejoin Milwaukee over the weekend.

Pirates: RHP Jordan Lyles (left hamstring discomfort) will start Sunday's series finale. ... RHP Keone Kela will be shut down for 10 days after the right shoulder discomfort that sent him to the injured list popped back up during a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Brandon Woodruff (7-1, 3.22 ERA) will look for his seventh straight win on Saturday. Woodruff limited the Phillies to one run in eight innings last Sunday.

Pirates: Nick Kingham (1-1, 8.28) hasn't won a game as a starter since last July, but will get the nod on Saturday.

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  • W: C. Archer (2-5)L: J. Chacin (3-7)
  • HR: MIL - J. Aguilar (4), K. Hiura (4)
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A. Claudio P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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R. Braun LF40000000.271.332.475.8060.0
M. Moustakas 3B41100010.268.330.556.8862.5
Y. Grandal C31000120.277.379.531.9101.0
K. Hiura 2B41331010.296.345.537.8829.5
J. Aguilar 1B31111122.193.304.311.6156.0
O. Arcia SS40100011.262.332.403.7350.5
J. Chacin P10000000.200.250.400.6500.0
F. Peralta P10000012.182.182.182.364-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Peralta in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Newman SS51220000.341.398.471.8685.0
G. Polanco RF51100022.248.307.444.7521.0
S. Marte CF53310000.261.307.427.7349.0
J. Bell 1B50210003.343.405.7041.1093.0
B. Reynolds LF42200101.345.402.569.9715.0
C. Moran 3B41220102.271.329.438.7676.0
J. Stallings C50000027.238.238.238.476-1.0
A. Frazier 2B21110200.249.307.348.6565.0
C. Archer P30010114.067.125.067.1921.5
F. Liriano P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Moustakas (14)
    • HR - K. Hiura (4), J. Aguilar (4)
    • RBI - K. Hiura 3 (7), J. Aguilar (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Hiura 3 (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Aguilar, O. Arcia, F. Peralta 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • RBI - K. Newman 2 (13), S. Marte (22), J. Bell (52), C. Moran 2 (29), A. Frazier (14), C. Archer
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Newman 2 (5), J. Bell (14), C. Moran (10), A. Frazier (7), C. Archer
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Polanco 2 (2), B. Reynolds, J. Stallings 3 (3), C. Archer 4 (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - S. Marte (9)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Braun (2), K. Hiura 2 (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Chacin (L, 3-7)2.26774205.741.48-15.0
    F. Peralta3.16211305.681.582.5
    A. Claudio2.01000005.791.295.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Chacin (L, 3-7)2.2
    F. Peralta3.1
    A. Claudio2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Archer (W, 2-5)7.05442725.661.4720.5
    F. Liriano1.00000001.031.103.0
    F. Vazquez1.01000201.501.083.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Archer (W, 2-5)7.0
    F. Liriano1.0
    F. Vazquez1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - F. Peralta
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 76-40, F. Peralta 54-42, A. Claudio 24-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 2-4, F. Peralta 4-4, A. Claudio 5-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 18, F. Peralta 18, A. Claudio 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 92-62, F. Liriano 12-7, F. Vazquez 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 10-4, F. Liriano 1-2, F. Vazquez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Archer 28, F. Liriano 3, F. Vazquez 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    L. Cain CF40000000.259.312.390.7020.0
    A. Claudio P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    C. Yelich RF40000000.306.419.6991.1180.0
    R. Braun LF40000000.271.332.475.8060.0
    M. Moustakas 3B41100010.268.330.556.8862.5
    Y. Grandal C31000120.277.379.531.9101.0
    K. Hiura 2B41331010.296.345.537.8829.5
    J. Aguilar 1B31111122.193.304.311.6156.0
    O. Arcia SS40100011.262.332.403.7350.5
    J. Chacin P10000000.200.250.400.6500.0
    F. Peralta P10000012.182.182.182.364-0.5
    a- B. Gamel PH-CF10000010.269.356.423.779-0.5
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    • a-struck out for Peralta in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Newman SS51220000.341.398.471.8685.0
    G. Polanco RF51100022.248.307.444.7521.0
    S. Marte CF53310000.261.307.427.7349.0
    J. Bell 1B50210003.343.405.7041.1093.0
    B. Reynolds LF42200101.345.402.569.9715.0
    C. Moran 3B41220102.271.329.438.7676.0
    J. Stallings C50000027.238.238.238.476-1.0
    A. Frazier 2B21110200.249.307.348.6565.0
    C. Archer P30010114.067.125.067.1921.5
    F. Liriano P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
    F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (14)
      • HR - K. Hiura (4), J. Aguilar (4)
      • RBI - K. Hiura 3 (7), J. Aguilar (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Hiura 3 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Aguilar, O. Arcia, F. Peralta 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • RBI - K. Newman 2 (13), S. Marte (22), J. Bell (52), C. Moran 2 (29), A. Frazier (14), C. Archer
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Newman 2 (5), J. Bell (14), C. Moran (10), A. Frazier (7), C. Archer
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Polanco 2 (2), B. Reynolds, J. Stallings 3 (3), C. Archer 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Marte (9)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Braun (2), K. Hiura 2 (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Chacin (L, 3-7)2.26774205.741.48-15.0
      F. Peralta3.16211305.681.582.5
      A. Claudio2.01000005.791.295.0
      Total8.01398550---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Chacin (L, 3-7)2.2
      F. Peralta3.1
      A. Claudio2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer (W, 2-5)7.05442725.661.4720.5
      F. Liriano1.00000001.031.103.0
      F. Vazquez1.01000201.501.083.0
      Total9.0644292---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Archer (W, 2-5)7.0
      F. Liriano1.0
      F. Vazquez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - F. Peralta
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 76-40, F. Peralta 54-42, A. Claudio 24-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 2-4, F. Peralta 4-4, A. Claudio 5-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 18, F. Peralta 18, A. Claudio 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 92-62, F. Liriano 12-7, F. Vazquez 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 10-4, F. Liriano 1-2, F. Vazquez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 28, F. Liriano 3, F. Vazquez 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Stallings safe at first on 2nd baseman Hiura fielding error, Reynolds scored, Moran to third, Stallings to second49
        Moran singled to left center, Marte scored, Reynolds to third48
      • 4TH INNING
        Hiura homered to center, Moustakas and Grandal scored47
      • 3RD INNING
        Newman singled to left center, Moran and Frazier scored, Archer to third17
        Archer walked, Reynolds scored, Moran to third, Frazier to second15
        Frazier walked, Marte scored, Reynolds to third, Moran to second14
        Moran walked, Polanco scored, Marte to third, Reynolds to second13
        Marte singled to center, Newman scored, Polanco to second12
        Aguilar homered to center11
      • 1ST INNING
        Bell singled to left center, Marte scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Felipe Vazquez relieved Francisco Liriano
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
        • K. Hiura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hiura singled to right center
        • J. Aguilar: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • O. Arcia: Arcia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hiura out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Francisco Liriano relieved Chris Archer
        • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Yelich grounded out to second
        • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Braun lined out to third
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Claudio Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to second
        • C. Moran: Foul, Moran singled to center
        • J. Stallings: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Stallings grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
        • Ben Gamel hit for Freddy Peralta
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
        • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Alex Claudio pitching
        • K. Newman: Foul, Newman fouled out to first
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco grounded out to pitcher
        • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Moustakas lined out to right
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
        • K. Hiura: Strike looking, Strike looking, Hiura singled to left center
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bell flied out to left
        • B. Reynolds: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Reynolds reached on an infield single to shortstop, Marte to second
        • C. Moran: Moran singled to left center, Marte scored, Reynolds to third
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Stallings safe at first on 2nd baseman Hiura fielding error, Reynolds scored, Moran to third, Stallings to second
        • A. Frazier: Frazier intentionally walked
        • C. Archer: Strike looking, Foul, Archer fouled out to second
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Cain popped out to second
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Yelich grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Braun: Braun grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier popped out to shortstop
        • C. Archer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Archer grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Newman fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Yelich grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Braun grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas doubled to deep center
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked
        • K. Hiura: Hiura homered to center, Moustakas and Grandal scored
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aguilar walked
        • O. Arcia: Arcia singled to center, Aguilar to third, Arcia to second
        • F. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell singled to center
        • B. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Reynolds singled to left, Bell to second
        • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to second, Bell to third, Reynolds to second
        • J. Stallings: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stallings struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • J. Aguilar: Aguilar homered to center
        • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Chacin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Chacin lined out to third
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cain grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chacin Pitching:
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman singled to left center
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco singled to left, Newman to third on left fielder Braun fielding error
        • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Marte singled to center, Newman scored, Polanco to second
        • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell lined out to center
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked, Polanco to third, Marte to second
        • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran walked, Polanco scored, Marte to third, Reynolds to second
        • J. Stallings: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stallings struck out swinging
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked, Marte scored, Reynolds to third, Moran to second
        • C. Archer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Archer walked, Reynolds scored, Moran to third, Frazier to second
        • Freddy Peralta relieved Jhoulys Chacin
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Foul, Newman singled to left center, Moran and Frazier scored, Archer to third
        • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grandal grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Hiura: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hiura struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chacin Pitching:
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Moran grounded out to second
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Foul, Stallings grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Frazier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier singled to left
        • C. Archer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Archer struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Cain grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Yelich grounded out to third
        • R. Braun: Strike looking, Braun grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Chacin Pitching:
        • K. Newman: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Newman flied out to deep right
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco flied out to deep center
        • S. Marte: Marte singled to center
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Marte stole second, Bell singled to left center, Marte scored
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Reynolds lined out to second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)