The Milwaukee Brewers (13-11) jumped on Pittsburgh starter Wandy Rodriguez (2-1) for seven runs in 3-and-two-thirds innings on Monday night en route to a 10-4 victory over the visiting Pirates.
The Bucs have lost 45 of their last 52 games at Miller Park, dating back to 2007.
Milwaukee used five home runs to post the victory, taking advantage of four Rodriguez walks to score five runs in the first inning. Rodriguez had previously walked only two batters this season.
Jean Segura, Norichika Aoki, Carlos Gomez, Yuniesky Betancourt and the Brewers’ starting pitcher, Yovani Gallardo (3-1; 4.25 ERA), all homered for Milwaukee. Segura went 3-for-5. Four other Brewers batters recorded two hits apiece.
The Pirates (15-11), who lost for just the fifth time in their last 20 games overall, managed their four runs off just five base hits. Garrett Jones slammed a two-run home run, while Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez both drove in runs.
Rodriguez allowed six hits with the four walks, and struck out two batters. His earned run average mushroomed from 1.66 to 3.91. Jonathan Sanchez, Jared Hughes and Vin Mazzaro all worked in relief for Pittsburgh.
The Pirates continue the three-game series in Milwaukee on Tuesday night with James McDonald (2-2; 4.38 ERA) scheduled to start against the Brewers’ Marco Estrada (2-1; 3.86 ERA).