Woodruff wins 10th as Thames, Brewers beat Pirates 3-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brandon Woodruff said he hasn't thought much about the possibility of playing in his first All-Star Game.

The Milwaukee Brewers right-hander may want to start giving it some serious thought.

Woodruff cruised to his National League-leading 10th win of the season, Eric Thames homered and tripled, and the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Saturday night.

Woodruff (10-2) allowed one earned run and six hits with six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings, helping Milwaukee improve to 4-5 on its current 10-game homestand.

''You look at the numbers across the board, the guy's legit,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''That's the best fastball we've seen from him. He held it through seven innings. Slider was tight. He threw it in any count. He's 10-2 for a reason. He's legit.''

Woodruff's 120 strikeouts are the fifth-highest total in the first half in franchise history, the highest since Yovani Gallardo's 122 in 2010.

''You don't know what to expect coming into the season but to have 10 wins before the break, that's pretty cool,'' Woodruff said.

While Woodruff hardly broke a sweat, counterpart Jordan Lyles (5-4) threw two wild pitches, hit a batter, gave up a home run and allowed three earned runs in six innings in his first start since being placed on the 10-day injured list with hamstring tightness. Lyles is 0-2 in three starts this season against Milwaukee.

''I was very encouraged by his body of work tonight,'' Hurdle said. ''I think he got into a good rhythm. He used all his pitches. His fastball, he used it to the four spots.''

The Pirates scored in the first when Colin Moran doubled to right to score Kevin Newman. Newman reached on a single, extending his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest by a Pittsburgh rookie in a single season since 1900.

After drawing a walk, Christian Yelich knotted the game at 1 in the bottom half, scoring from third on a failed pickoff attempt at first base. Lyles was looking to catch Ryan Braun napping, but the right-hander made an errant throw.

Thames tripled down the right-field line, scoring Braun and putting the Brewers ahead 2-1.

That was all the cushion Woodruff would need.

Woodruff retired the side in order in the second, third and fourth innings. After allowing two baserunners in the fifth, Woodruff went on to retire seven of his final nine batters.

''The biggest thing for me is to get to the point where I can get deep into games and give the team a chance to win,'' said Woodruff, who exited the game to a standing ovation from the 37,821 in attendance. ''Lately, I've been able to do that but I couldn't do it without the guys behind me playing great defense. I just try to let those guys work.''

Thames added another run in the fourth on a solo blast to right, his 11th. Thames now has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 starts.

''My whole goal this last month has been to see the ball, trust my hands, trust my skill and just hit it,'' Thames said. ''I've been working with (hitting coach Andy Haines) a lot on off-speed pitches in the cage, on the breaking ball machine and fastballs in ... Just trying to see a little of everything.''

Josh Hader retired the side in the ninth to pick up his 20th save, joining Dan Plesac as the only left-handed pitchers in franchise history to record at least 20 saves in a season.

Hader has not surrendered a run or a hit in his last eight appearances, allowing just four walks and striking out 20 in 11 1/3 innings.

''He's on a good run right now,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''It's a lot of strikes, a lot of early swings. He's putting the ball in good spots. He's having a tremendous season. You guys were concerned early but he's doing all right.''

ONE MORE TO 1K

After failing to register a hit on Saturday, Yelich remains one hit shy of 1,000 for his major league career.

''He's doing fine,'' Counsell said. ''He's had some bad luck but he took his walks today. So we're waiting. He'll get it tomorrow.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: LHP Gio Gonzalez (left arm) played catch on Friday and Saturday. Counsell says he wants to see Gonzalez ''get off the mound a couple times before the All-Star break.'' Gonzalez is expected to be out until at least July 20. He hasn't pitched since May 27.

UP NEXT

Brewers right-hander Zach Davies (7-2, 3.34 ERA) faces left-hander Steven Brault (3-1, 4.50 ERA) in the finale of three-game series Sunday afternoon. Davies has an 8.10 ERA over his last four starts. Brault has allowed a total of seven runs in his last five starts.

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  • W: B. Woodruff (10-2)L: J. Lyles (5-4)S: J. Hader (20)
  • HR: MIL - E. Thames (11)
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  • a-popped out for Moran in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Feliz in the 8th
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Y. Grandal C40200000.266.377.533.9103.0
C. Yelich RF21000211.327.423.7041.1274.5
M. Moustakas 3B40000004.275.349.570.9190.0
R. Braun LF41000013.272.321.459.7800.5
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E. Thames 1B41221010.270.383.522.9069.5
L. Cain CF30000111.248.312.352.6640.5
K. Hiura 2B20100000.271.329.500.8292.0
B. Woodruff P20000011.308.325.410.735-0.5
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Gamel LF00000000.261.346.400.7460.0
T. Saladino SS30000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Newman (12), C. Moran (13), C. Dickerson (10)
    • RBI - C. Moran (44)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Moran (14)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman 2 (2), B. Reynolds
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Grandal (11)
    • 3B - E. Thames
    • HR - E. Thames (11)
    • SH - B. Woodruff (2)
    • RBI - E. Thames 2 (34)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Thames (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moustakas, R. Braun, L. Cain, B. Woodruff, T. Saladino 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Yelich (18)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Lyles (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - C. Yelich (5)
    • DP - (Thames-Saladino)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lyles (L, 5-4)6.05332513.711.228.5
    M. Feliz1.00001106.001.382.5
    C. Holmes1.00000004.561.443.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lyles (L, 5-4)6.0
    M. Feliz1.0
    C. Holmes1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Woodruff (W, 10-2)7.26110603.791.1427.0
    M. Albers (H, 4)0.10000003.671.050.0
    J. Hader (S, 20)1.00000101.770.6110.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Woodruff (W, 10-2)7.2
    M. Albers (H, 4)0.1
    J. Hader (S, 20)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Lyles 2 (4)
    • HBP - J. Lyles
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 103-68, M. Feliz 23-13, C. Holmes 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 8-5, C. Holmes 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 26, M. Feliz 4, C. Holmes 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - B. Woodruff (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 108-76, M. Albers 4-3, J. Hader 16-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 10-5, J. Hader 1-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 28, M. Albers, J. Hader 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    K. Newman SS41200012.333.379.492.8713.5
    B. Reynolds RF30000021.357.419.553.9720.0
    C. Holmes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    S. Marte CF40000002.269.313.461.7750.0
    J. Bell 1B40000012.303.375.6291.004-0.5
    C. Moran 3B30210010.274.321.465.7863.5
    a- J. Osuna PH10000000.318.375.6821.0570.0
    C. Dickerson LF30100001.311.368.574.9412.0
    E. Diaz C30000011.277.329.358.688-0.5
    A. Frazier 2B30000001.256.315.365.6790.0
    J. Lyles P20100010.095.136.095.2320.5
    M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-popped out for Moran in the 9th
    • b-lined out for Feliz in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Grandal C40200000.266.377.533.9103.0
    C. Yelich RF21000211.327.423.7041.1274.5
    M. Moustakas 3B40000004.275.349.570.9190.0
    R. Braun LF41000013.272.321.459.7800.5
    J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    E. Thames 1B41221010.270.383.522.9069.5
    L. Cain CF30000111.248.312.352.6640.5
    K. Hiura 2B20100000.271.329.500.8292.0
    B. Woodruff P20000011.308.325.410.735-0.5
    M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Gamel LF00000000.261.346.400.7460.0
    T. Saladino SS30000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Newman (12), C. Moran (13), C. Dickerson (10)
      • RBI - C. Moran (44)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Moran (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman 2 (2), B. Reynolds
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Grandal (11)
      • 3B - E. Thames
      • HR - E. Thames (11)
      • SH - B. Woodruff (2)
      • RBI - E. Thames 2 (34)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Thames (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Moustakas, R. Braun, L. Cain, B. Woodruff, T. Saladino 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Yelich (18)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Lyles (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Yelich (5)
      • DP - (Thames-Saladino)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lyles (L, 5-4)6.05332513.711.228.5
      M. Feliz1.00001106.001.382.5
      C. Holmes1.00000004.561.443.0
      Total8.0533361---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lyles (L, 5-4)6.0
      M. Feliz1.0
      C. Holmes1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Woodruff (W, 10-2)7.26110603.791.1427.0
      M. Albers (H, 4)0.10000003.671.050.0
      J. Hader (S, 20)1.00000101.770.6110.5
      Total9.0611070---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Woodruff (W, 10-2)7.2
      M. Albers (H, 4)0.1
      J. Hader (S, 20)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Lyles 2 (4)
      • HBP - J. Lyles
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 103-68, M. Feliz 23-13, C. Holmes 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 8-5, C. Holmes 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 26, M. Feliz 4, C. Holmes 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Woodruff (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 108-76, M. Albers 4-3, J. Hader 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 10-5, J. Hader 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 28, M. Albers, J. Hader 3
      • 4TH INNING
        Thames homered to right13
      • 1ST INNING
        Thames tripled to right, Braun scored12
        Yelich scored, Braun to second on Lyles throwing error11
        Moran doubled to deep right, Newman scored, Bell out at home10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Josh Hader pitching
        • Ben Gamel in left field
        • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • Jose Osuna hit for Colin Moran
        • J. Osuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Osuna popped out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Woodruff Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Frazier grounded out to second
        • Melky Cabrera hit for Michael Feliz
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera lined out to right
        • K. Newman: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Newman doubled to shallow left
        • Matt Albers relieved Brandon Woodruff
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Reynolds flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Clay Holmes pitching
        • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Braun grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Thames: Ball, Thames grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cain grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Woodruff Pitching:
        • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Moran singled to right
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Dickerson grounded into double play shortstop to first, Moran out at second
        • E. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Michael Feliz relieved Jordan Lyles
        • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Saladino struck out swinging
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal lined out to center
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Yelich stole second, Foul, Ball, Moustakas flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Woodruff Pitching:
        • B. Reynolds: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte flied out to left
        • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • E. Thames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
        • K. Hiura: Strike swinging, Hiura singled to shallow center
        • B. Woodruff: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Hiura to second on wild pitch, Ball, Woodruff lined out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Woodruff Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson doubled to deep left
        • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • A. Frazier: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier lined out to left
        • J. Lyles: Lyles reached on an infield single to pitcher, Dickerson to third
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Newman reached on fielder's choice to second, Lyles out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grandal doubled to right
        • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas fouled out to third
        • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Woodruff Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to catcher
        • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bell grounded out to second
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • R. Braun: Strike looking, Braun grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Thames homered to right
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
        • K. Hiura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hiura hit by pitch, Cain to second
        • B. Woodruff: Woodruff hit sacrifice bunt to first, Cain to third, Hiura to second
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Ball, Foul, Saladino grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Woodruff Pitching:
        • J. Lyles: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lyles struck out looking
        • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Newman struck out looking
        • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • Y. Grandal: Grandal grounded out to second
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich grounded out to second
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Woodruff Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz fouled out to first
        • A. Frazier: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • K. Hiura: Strike looking, Hiura fouled out to first
        • B. Woodruff: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Woodruff struck out swinging
        • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Saladino lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Woodruff Pitching:
        • K. Newman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Newman singled to right center
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds hit by pitch, Newman to second
        • S. Marte: Ball, Marte flied out to right
        • J. Bell: Bell reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Newman to third, Reynolds out at second
        • C. Moran: Moran doubled to deep right, Newman scored, Bell out at home
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • Y. Grandal: Foul, Grandal reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked, Grandal to second
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to first, Grandal to third, Yelich to second
        • R. Braun: Strike swinging, Foul, Braun reached on fielder's choice to third, Grandal out at home
        • E. Thames: Ball, Yelich to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Yelich scored, Braun to second on Lyles throwing error, Thames tripled to right, Braun scored
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)