The Pittsburgh Pirates slammed four of the game’s home runs, and Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs, but the Bucs lost a slugfest 12-8 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
It was the Pirates’ 46th loss in 53 games in Milwaukee since 2007.
Starling Marte, Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez also homered for Pittsburgh (15-12), while Jean Segura, Rickie Weeks and Yuniesky Betancourt went “longball” for the Brewers (14-11). Weeks and Ryan Braun both posted three hits for Milwaukee. Weeks drove in five runs.
Pirates starter James McDonald allowed 7 runs, 8 hits and five walks over five innings, but was in line to pick up the victory when Marte’s video-reviewed three-run homer gave the Bucs an 8-7 lead before the Pittsburgh relievers took over. The Pirates’ bullpen surrendered five runs and seven hits. Bryan Morris (0-1), called up from “AAA” Indianapolis earlier Tuesday when the Pirates designated Jonathan Sanchez for assignment, took the loss. Former Pirates pitcher Tom Gorzellany (1-0) was the winning pitcher.
The Pirates were outhit 15-14.
Jeanmar Gomez (1-0; 2.63 ERA) will exit the Bucs’ bullpen to start for his team in the final game of the series on Wednesday afternoon. Gomez will be filling Sanchez’s spot in the starting rotation, and will face the Brewers’ Hiram Burgos (1-0; 3.27 ERA), who will make his third start of the season for Milwaukee.
In another Pittsburgh Pirates note, the recently rained-out home game against the St. Louis Cardinals will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, July 30. The action at PNC Park in Pittsburgh will begin at 4:05 PM.