The Pittsburgh Pirates managed just four hits in a Wednesday night home game against the Milwaukee Brewers, but the Bucs fought to a 3-1 victory for their fifth win in their last six games.
Neil Walker’s bases-loaded, two-run single in the sixth inning gave the Pirates (23-17) all the run production they would need. Pittsburgh added an eighth-inning run when Andrew McCutchen scored on an error by the Brewers’ Rickie Weeks. Six Pittsburgh batters were walked in the course of the game.
Milwaukee (16-22) recorded six hits, including two by Norichika Aoki, who has eight hits in the series, but their only run came on Weeks’ solo home run in the seventh inning.
Pittsburgh’s Wandy Rodriguez (4-2) worked seven innings to earn the win, allowing the one run and the six hits, striking out five batters and walking only one. Mark Melancon (0.43 ERA) and Jason Grilli (1.02 ERA) both pitched one perfect inning of relief, with Melancon recording his 14th “hold,” and Grilli picking up his 16th save in 16 opportunities this season. Grilli is tied for the Major League lead in saves with the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo (3-3; 4.50 ERA) gave up two runs and only three hits over six innings, struck out five Pittsburgh batters and walked four.
The four-game series at PNC Park ends on Thursday night with Pirates newcomer Francisco Liriano (1-0; 1.69 ERA) making his second start for his new squad. Liriano will face Milwaukee’s Hiram Burgos (1-1; 6.86).