The Pittsburgh Pirates scored four times in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon and posted a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte tied the game with a two-run home run, and Brandon Inge and Pedro Alvarez followed with RBI singles as the Bucs won for just the eighth time in their last 54 trips to Miller Park.
Alvarez and Michael McKenry had slammed solo homers earlier in the game. Alvarez, Inge and Jose Tabata each contributed two of the Pirates’ nine hits. Bryan Morris (1-1) earned his first Major League victory in relief of spot starter Jeanmar Gomez.
Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt slammed back-to-back fourth-inning homers for Milwaukee (14-12). Brewers reliever John Axford, the team’s former closer, gave up the four eighth-inning runs, took the loss and fell to 0-3.
Pittsburgh (16-12) trails St. Louis by a half-game in the National League Central Division. The Bucs will take Thursday off before beginning a three-game home series against Washington on Friday night. A.J. Burnett (2-2; 2.83 ERA) will be on the mound for the Pirates. Washington is expected to counter with Ross Detwiler (1-2; 2.03 ERA).
Other projected weekend matchups include Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke (3-1; 2.83 ERA) versus Washington’s Stephen Strasburg (1-4; 3.13 ERA) on Saturday, and the Pirates’ Wandy Rodriguez (2-1; 3.91 ERA) against the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez (2-2; 5.34 ERA) on Sunday afternoon..