Brewers slip past Pirates 2-1 on Thames' homer in 8th

MILWAUKEE (AP) Eric Thames is figuring out how to excel as a part-time player.

Thames homered leading off the eighth inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Sunday.

Thames, who has served as a backup first baseman and outfielder this season, entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and struck out. Leading off the eighth, he blasted an 0-1 pitch from Pirates reliever Kyle Crick (3-4) to straightaway center, a 432-foot shot that hit just below the scoreboard for his 12th homer of the season. Thames also homered in Milwaukee's win on Saturday night.

''I told myself in spring training that regardless of what happened in regard to playing time, I was just going to stick to my routine, keep working and good things would happen,'' Thames said. ''Last year, my thumb got hurt and I wasn't able to perform as a pinch-hitter. I got so caught up in the results that I spiraled out and didn't make the (postseason) roster.''

Even though he's faring better this year, it can still be a struggle to enter a game in the late innings.

''That first at-bat tonight, I felt like I was on Mars,'' he said. ''It's tough being a pinch-hitter in the big leagues. You can't work an at-bat on a reliever who throws 96 with rise and sink and a nasty slide. You have to get something to hit and swing.''

Milwaukee took two of three from its NL Central rival and moved into a first-place tie with the Chicago Cubs, who lost to Cincinnati. The Brewers finished their homestand at 5-5.

Jeremy Jeffress (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Matt Albers worked the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Milwaukee held Pittsburgh to two runs in two games.

''They are more than a hitting team,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Milwaukee's Zach Davies, who had an 8.10 ERA over his previous four starts, allowed one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two. He also drove in the Brewers' first run with a two-out single in the fourth after the Pirates intentionally waked Manny Pina.

Melky Cabrera had a run-scoring single in the first for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh's Steven Brault allowed one run and five hits but lasted just 4 2/3 innings after throwing 97 pitches.

''My misses today were small,'' Brault said. ''This is a really good lineup. They were able to capitalize on a few mistakes and they were laying off some pretty good pitches.''

Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman had his hitting streak halted at 19 games.

ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

The Brewers will have four players on the NL All-Star team. Third baseman Mike Moustakas, catcher Yasmani Grandal and closer Josh Hader were named to the team on Sunday, joining outfielder Christian Yelich, who was voted in earlier.

The Pirates' lone representative will be first baseman Josh Bell.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Elias Diaz was checked by a trainer and remained in the game after being called for catcher's interference in the fifth when Ryan Braun's bat struck his glove on a swing. Diaz took a foul tip off his right hand later in the game but stayed on after another visit from the trainer. ... RHP Chris Archer, who was pulled after four innings from his start on Friday night because of left hip discomfort, will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Pittsburgh on Monday. ... C Francisco Cervelli, who is on the injured list with a concussion, continues to await clearance to return to game action. He participated in on-field activities in Milwaukee.

Brewers: Davies was hit in the hand by a line drive off the bat of Adam Frazier in the second inning.

MILESTONE

Yelich's two-out double in the third was his 1,000th career hit.

DAVIES DELIVERS

Davies' single was his fourth hit in 34 at-bats this season, and the RBI was his second.

''If I don't get behind him, he can't take the same swing,'' Brault said. ''Takes a comfortable swing and puts it out there. He was getting me back for getting a hit earlier.''

UP NEXT

Pirates: Trevor Williams (2-2, 4.25 ERA) will make his 12th start of the season as Pittsburgh opens a four-game series at home against the Cubs. Williams is 2-4 with a 3.68 ERA in eight career appearances (six starts) against Chicago.

Brewers: Adrian Houser (2-2, 2.94) will make his fourth start of the season Monday as Milwaukee begins a four-game series at Cincinnati. Houser is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA as a starter.

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  • W: J. Jeffress (2-2)L: K. Crick (3-4)S: M. Albers (1)
  • HR: MIL - E. Thames (12)
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  • a-grounded into a double play for Crick in the 9th
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M. Moustakas 3B41100003.275.348.569.9173.0
K. Hiura 2B40100023.270.325.486.811-1.0
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M. Pina C30100112.155.277.310.5871.5
Z. Davies P20110011.121.147.152.2991.5
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  • a-flied out for Peralta in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Jeffress in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Aguilar in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Cabrera (13)
  • RBI - M. Cabrera (27)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman, C. Moran 2 (2), A. Frazier
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Yelich (17), M. Moustakas (18)
  • HR - E. Thames (12)
  • RBI - E. Thames (35), Z. Davies (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - Z. Davies
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich 3 (3), R. Braun, T. Saladino 3 (3), M. Moustakas, K. Hiura 2 (2), Z. Davies, O. Arcia 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - S. Marte (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Hiura
FIELDING
  • E - K. Crick, E. Diaz 2 (7), C. Moran (8)
  • PB - E. Diaz (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - L. Cain (3)
  • DP - 2 (Moustakas-Arcia-Aguilar; Moustakas-Hiura-Thames)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Brault4.25113504.291.595.5
R. Rodriguez1.02001104.041.510.5
F. Liriano1.10000202.701.284.0
K. Crick (L, 3-4)1.01113212.791.45-6.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Brault4.2
R. Rodriguez1.0
F. Liriano1.1
K. Crick (L, 3-4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Davies5.16112203.241.407.0
F. Peralta1.20000105.121.403.5
J. Jeffress (W, 2-2)1.00000104.021.2110.5
M. Albers (S, 1)1.01000003.571.059.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Davies5.1
F. Peralta1.2
J. Jeffress (W, 2-2)1.0
M. Albers (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Brault (2), K. Crick
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Brault 97-61, R. Rodriguez 25-13, F. Liriano 20-14, K. Crick 25-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Brault 6-2, R. Rodriguez 1-1, K. Crick 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Brault 22, R. Rodriguez 6, F. Liriano 4, K. Crick 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 97-60, F. Peralta 14-9, J. Jeffress 19-14, M. Albers 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 6-6, F. Peralta 1-2, J. Jeffress 1-1, M. Albers 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 22, F. Peralta 4, J. Jeffress 3, M. Albers 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Dickerson LF40100010.308.361.554.9150.5
S. Marte CF41300000.276.319.465.7843.0
J. Bell 1B20000201.301.376.6251.0012.0
M. Cabrera RF30110001.306.339.431.7703.0
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C. Moran 3B30000012.271.317.459.776-0.5
E. Diaz C30100010.278.330.358.6880.5
A. Frazier 2B30000001.254.311.361.6720.0
S. Brault P20100000.278.278.333.6111.0
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B. Reynolds RF10000010.355.417.550.967-0.5
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  • a-grounded into a double play for Crick in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF40100120.248.313.350.6641.0
C. Yelich RF30100213.328.425.7041.1293.5
R. Braun LF20100001.274.322.459.7811.0
F. Peralta P0000-000.143.143.143.000-
a- Y. Grandal PH10000000.265.376.531.9070.0
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- T. Saladino PH10000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
M. Albers P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Moustakas 3B41100003.275.348.569.9173.0
K. Hiura 2B40100023.270.325.486.811-1.0
J. Aguilar 1B10000111.206.314.320.6340.5
c- E. Thames PH-1B21111010.272.384.539.9235.5
M. Pina C30100112.155.277.310.5871.5
Z. Davies P20110011.121.147.152.2991.5
B. Gamel LF10000100.260.348.398.7461.0
O. Arcia SS30000104.237.299.399.6991.0
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  • a-flied out for Peralta in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Jeffress in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Aguilar in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Cabrera (13)
  • RBI - M. Cabrera (27)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman, C. Moran 2 (2), A. Frazier
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Yelich (17), M. Moustakas (18)
  • HR - E. Thames (12)
  • RBI - E. Thames (35), Z. Davies (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - Z. Davies
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich 3 (3), R. Braun, T. Saladino 3 (3), M. Moustakas, K. Hiura 2 (2), Z. Davies, O. Arcia 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - S. Marte (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Hiura
FIELDING
  • E - K. Crick, E. Diaz 2 (7), C. Moran (8)
  • PB - E. Diaz (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - L. Cain (3)
  • DP - 2 (Moustakas-Arcia-Aguilar; Moustakas-Hiura-Thames)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Brault4.25113504.291.595.5
R. Rodriguez1.02001104.041.510.5
F. Liriano1.10000202.701.284.0
K. Crick (L, 3-4)1.01113212.791.45-6.0
Total8.08227101---
PITCHERSIP
S. Brault4.2
R. Rodriguez1.0
F. Liriano1.1
K. Crick (L, 3-4)1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Davies5.16112203.241.407.0
F. Peralta1.20000105.121.403.5
J. Jeffress (W, 2-2)1.00000104.021.2110.5
M. Albers (S, 1)1.01000003.571.059.0
Total9.0711240---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Davies5.1
F. Peralta1.2
J. Jeffress (W, 2-2)1.0
M. Albers (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Brault (2), K. Crick
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Brault 97-61, R. Rodriguez 25-13, F. Liriano 20-14, K. Crick 25-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Brault 6-2, R. Rodriguez 1-1, K. Crick 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Brault 22, R. Rodriguez 6, F. Liriano 4, K. Crick 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 97-60, F. Peralta 14-9, J. Jeffress 19-14, M. Albers 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 6-6, F. Peralta 1-2, J. Jeffress 1-1, M. Albers 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 22, F. Peralta 4, J. Jeffress 3, M. Albers 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Thames homered to center12
  • 4TH INNING
    Davies singled to center, Moustakas scored, Pina to third, Davies to second on catcher Diaz fielding error11
  • 1ST INNING
    Cabrera doubled to deep right, Marte scored, Bell to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Matt Albers pitching
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Bell flied out to right
    • Jose Osuna hit for Kyle Crick
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Osuna grounded into double play third to second to first, Marte out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jeremy Jeffress pitching
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • K. Newman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Newman lined out to pitcher
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Dickerson lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Crick relieved Francisco Liriano
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Thames homered to center
    • M. Pina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pina struck out looking
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel grounded out to second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arcia walked
    • L. Cain: Arcia to second on Crick throwing error, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
    • C. Yelich: Yelich intentionally walked, Arcia to third, Cain to second
    • Tyler Saladino hit for Jeremy Jeffress
    • T. Saladino: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Saladino struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Moran fouled out to third
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Frazier flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yasmani Grandal hit for Freddy Peralta
    • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Grandal flied out to deep right
    • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas fouled out to third
    • K. Hiura: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hiura struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marte singled to center
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Marte caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bell walked
    • Freddy Peralta pitching
    • Ben Gamel in left field
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Bell out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Eric Thames hit for Jesus Aguilar
    • E. Thames: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pina singled to shallow left
    • B. Gamel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Gamel walked, Pina to second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arcia popped out to second
    • L. Cain: Ball, Cain reached on an infield single to first, Pina to third, Gamel to second
    • Francisco Liriano pitching
    • Bryan Reynolds in right field
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • S. Brault: Strike looking, Brault popped out to shortstop
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Newman flied out to deep center
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Dickerson singled to left center, Dickerson out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Braun reached on catcher's interference, Yelich to second on catcher Diaz fielding error
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to pitcher, Yelich to third, Braun to second
    • Richard Rodriguez relieved Steven Brault
    • K. Hiura: Strike looking, Hiura grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera popped out to third
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • E. Diaz: Diaz singled to shallow right center
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas doubled to deep center
    • K. Hiura: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Hiura struck out on foul tip
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • M. Pina: Pina intentionally walked
    • Z. Davies: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davies singled to center, Moustakas scored, Pina to third, Davies to second on catcher Diaz fielding error
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Arcia grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bell grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Arcia grounded out to pitcher
    • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cain grounded out to third
    • C. Yelich: Foul, Yelich doubled to deep left
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Braun grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz popped out to second
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Frazier lined out to pitcher
    • S. Brault: Ball, Brault singled to shallow right
    • K. Newman: Foul, Strike looking, Newman grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • K. Hiura: Ball, Hiura singled to shallow center
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hiura to second on passed ball, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pina grounded out to second, Hiura to third, Aguilar to second
    • Z. Davies: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hiura caught stealing home, catcher to third to catcher, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davies struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Davies Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Newman grounded out to third
    • C. Dickerson: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to third
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Marte singled to center
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked, Marte to second
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera doubled to deep right, Marte scored, Bell to third
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moran lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
    • C. Yelich: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Yelich flied out to center
    • R. Braun: Braun reached on an infield single to third, Braun to second on 3rd baseman Moran throwing error
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)