The Pittsburgh Pirates recorded only four hits and made three errors Monday night as they lost a 5-1 home decision to the Milwaukee Brewers, ending the Bucs’ winning streak at three games.
The Brewers stole six bases on Pirates backup catcher Michael McKenry, who is now 0-for-18 in throwing out runners this season. Pedro Alvarez drove in the only run for Pittsburgh (21-17). Clint Barmes went 2-for-3, and is now batting .232. The loss went to Pirates starter A.J. Burnett (3-4; 2.73 ERA), who pitched seven innings, allowed four runs (3 earned) and seven hits, struck out six batters and walked none.
Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada (3-2) earned the win with seven innings of three-hit work. Estrada surrendered the only Pittsburgh run in the seventh inning, struck out five hitters and walked one.
Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura both tallied three of the nine hits for the Brewers (16-20). Aoki drove in three runs, and Segura and Carlos Gomez drove home one apiece.
In game two of their four-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, the Pirates will start Jeff Locke (3-1; 2.95 ERA) against Milwaukee’s Kyle Lohse (1-4; 3.53 ERA).