A 14th-inning home run by Khris Davis on Sunday capped off a three-day stretch of victories by the Milwaukee Brewers (14-5) in Pittsburgh, following an 11-2 romp by the Pirates (8-11) in the series opener on Thursday.
The Davis shot, coming off the sixth Pirates pitcher, Jeanmar Gomez, gave Milwaukee a 3-2 win at PNC Park on Sunday. It was the Brewers’ third solo homer of the game, following round-trippers by Mark Reynolds in the eighth inning, and Ryan Braun’s second straight ninth-inning homer off Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli. It was Grilli’s third blown save in seven opportunities this season. Former Pirate Zach Duke earned the win.
The Bucs slammed 13 hits, but stranded 11 runners on base. Neil Walker was 3-for-6 with a home run, while Josh Harrison and starting pitcher Gerrit Cole each recorded two hits. Jose Tabata drove home a run with an infield single.
The game also featured a benches-clearing brawl in the third inning which resulted in the ejections of Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez, Pittsburgh’s Travis Snider and Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron.
Braun’s two-run homer off Grilli (0-1) in the ninth inning on Saturday night gave Milwaukee an 8-7 win in the third game of the series. Reynolds also homered, and Jonathan Lucroy contributed three doubles. Newly-acquired first baseman Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in his debut for Pittsburgh. Tabata and Starling Marte also had two of the Bucs’ 11 hits.
In Friday’s game, Milwaukee posted a 5-3 victory behind three hits and an RBI by Martin Maldonado and a homer by Gomez. Russell Martin recorded two hits and two RBI’s for Pittsburgh, and Andrew McCutchen drove home a run. Kyle Lohse (3-1) posted the win over the Bucs’ Charlie Morton (0-2), and Lohse now boasts an 11-2 lifetime record against the Pirates.
In all three of the Milwaukee wins, closer Francisco Rodriguez earned a save. Rodriguez has now tallied seven saves this season, and five have come at the expense of the Pirates.
On Monday night, the Bucs will open a 4-game home series against Cincinnati (8-10).