Alex Gonzalez slammed a two-run double in the second inning, giving the Milwaukee Brewers all the run-production they needed in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
The decision snapped a four-game winning streak for Pittsburgh (29-19), and was only the Bucs third defeat in their last 14 games.
Once again, the Pirates failed to generate much offense for starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (3-5; 2.57 ERA), recording only five hits. Neil Walker tallied two of the hits, including a seventh-inning RBI double. Burnett worked seven innings, allowing just two runs and three hits, striking out six batters and walking two. Bryan Morris allowed only one hit in his one-inning Pirates relief stint.
Marco Estrada (4-2; 4.94 ERA) also went seven innings for the Brewers (19-27), giving up one run and four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Francisco Rodriguez retired the final batter of the game for his first save of the season.
The Pirates have won only eight of their last 55 games in Milwaukee.
The second game of the three-game series in Milwaukee will be played Saturday at 4:10 PM with Jeff Locke (4-1; 2.73 ERA) scheduled to start for Pittsburgh against a normal reliever, Mike Fiers (1-2; 5.93 ERA), who will be making a spot start for the Brewers.