Recap: Pittsburgh vs. Milwaukee

 

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Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Braun's two-run double during a four-run eighth inning helped the Milwaukee Brewers take a 9-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle contest of a three-game set.

Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Lyle Overbay drove in two runs for the Brewers, who rebounded after a 15-5 defeat on Friday.

Matt Garza (4-4) earned the win after allowing three runs on six hits with five walks across six innings.

"Just getting the win for the club. That's all that matters," said Garza. "Our goal is to just keep stacking them up and see how many we have at the end."

Pedro Alvarez had two hits, two RBI and a run scored for the Pirates, who entered the game with wins in four of their last five. Starter Edinson Volquez (3-5) was tagged with the loss after giving up four hits and four runs -- three earned -- in six frames.

Pittsburgh made it a 4-3 game in the sixth. Alvarez walked leading off and went to third on Jose Tabata's bunt single and third baseman Aramis Ramirez's throwing error. Jordy Mercer grounded into a double play that allowed Alvarez to score.

Davis and Scooter Gennett both drew one-out walks off Justin Wilson in the eighth before Mark Reynolds was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks grounded into a force out that scored Davis and Jean Segura's single plated Gennett before Braun ripped a double off the wall to give the Brewers an 8-3 lead.

Irving Falu's sacrifice fly to center in the ninth scored Gomez and accounted for the final score.

In the first, Segura reached on an error, moved to second on a botched pickoff attempt and advanced to third after first baseman Ike Davis' throw sailed into left. Jonathan Lucroy's sacrifice fly brought in Segura to give the Brewers an early lead.

"We don't just stick our head in the sand when we play rough defense. We pride ourselves on defense," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "That part of our game should continue to be one of our more consistent parts and it was not today."

The Pirates took the lead in the third. Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen both singled and Russell Martin walked to load the bases with two outs. Alvarez's soft liner made it a 2-1 ballgame.

Lucroy led off the fourth with a single and Ramirez was hit by a pitch before Khris Davis' ground-rule double to left brought in Lucroy. Volquez intentionally walked Gennett to load the bases and Overbay brought in two with a base hit to center to put the Brewers up 4-2.

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