Brewers Come From Behind To Defeat Pirates

Paul Maholm and the Pirates, coming off a lousy series against the Astros, will try to turn things around against Doug Davis and the slumping Brewers.

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Bucs Lose 5-4 In Ten Innings

Recap: Milwaukee vs. Pittsburgh
Sports Network | July 9, 2010

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Ryan Braun lined an opposite-field single over Ryan Church’s head in right field to score Rickie Weeks with the game- winning run in the 10th inning, as the Brewers earned a 5-4 comeback win over the Pirates in the opener of a three-game series.

Braun, who earlier in the game snapped out of an 0-for-19 slump, came up with runners on first and second and two outs after Evan Meek (4-3) intentionally walked Prince Fielder and struck the game-winner to end Milwaukee’s five-game slide. Weeks scored without a play at the plate.

“It felt really good. It’s been a tough stretch for me and a tough stretch for the team, so it was a big victory,” Braun said. “There’s a lot of season left, and we just want to focus on playing better baseball.”

Fielder added a solo homer and Corey Hart had a two-run blast in the win, which was credited to John Axford (4-1) after he struck out Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Doumit to strand a runner on third in the top of the 10th.

Doug Davis, in his first start since May 10, surrendered four runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings for Milwaukee, while his counterpart, Paul Maholm, held the Brewers to two runs on three hits and a pair of walks in a seven-inning no-decision.

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, and Lastings Milledge added two hits with a solo shot for the Pirates, losers of four straight overall.

Milwaukee’s offense was relatively silent after Hart’s two-run blast in the first inning, though Fielder’s moonshot to right in the eighth off Joel Hanrahan cut the Brewers’ deficit to 4-3.

With Octavio Dotel on the hill to start the bottom of the ninth, Carlos Gomez reached base on a one-out bunt single, stole second and moved to third when Doumit’s throw went to center field.

George Kottaras followed with a triple down the right-field line to tie it and nearly scored the winning run seconds later, as Dotel’s pitch got away from Doumit. However, the ball was quickly recovered by the catcher, and Kottaras was thrown out at the plate in plenty of time.

“The guys we ran out there in the eighth, ninth and 10th have done the job all year, but tonight they each gave up a run,” Pirates manager John Russell said of his bullpen. “You don’t see that very often. Unfortunately it happened tonight. It’s a shame.”

Trailing 2-0, Ronny Cedeno doubled starting the third and scored two batters later on McCutchen’s base hit to left.

Milledge tied it, 2-2, in the fourth with his second homer of the season, and McCutchen’s leadoff blast the next frame gave the visitors the lead. Jose Tabata singled after the round-tripper and scored on Pedro Alvarez’s two-out double to right for a 4-2 score.

Davis had been on the disabled list due to chest pain…Tabata also had two hits for Pittsburgh, which had won three of the previous four over the Brewers after losing the first four meetings by a 53-4 margin…The Pirates went 2- for-11 with runners in scoring position.

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Pirates Look To Regroup Against Brewers

Pittsburgh Pirates (30-55) at Milwaukee Brewers (37-49), 8:10 p.m.

Sports Network | July 9, 2010

 

(Sports Network) - A pair of slumping National League Central Division also- rans get together to finish the season's unofficial first half tonight when the Milwaukee Brewers host the Pittsburgh Pirates to begin a three-game series at Miller Park.

The Brewers, who finished two games below .500 last season, are 12 below as they head into the final series before the 2010 All-Star break and trail the first-place Cincinnati Reds by 11 1/2 games.

Milwaukee enters the three-game set having lost five straight.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is on pace to mirror its last-place Central Division finish of a season ago, when they went 62-99.

The Pirates are 30-55 thus far this season and sit at the bottom of the six- team loop, 18 games behind the Reds and on a three-game skid heading to Wisconsin.

The visitors send lefty Paul Maholm to the mound in the hopes of reversing the result of his last matchup with the Brewers on May 20. In that game at Pittsburgh's PNC Park, Maholm took a 4-3 loss after allowing four hits and four runs in seven innings.

It dropped his career mark against Milwaukee to 3-6 in 16 starts with a 4.66 earned run average.

He is 2-3 in eight starts since, including a 12-4 loss to Philadelphia on July 3 in which he was raked for 10 hits and eight runs in three innings - raising his season's ERA from 3.98 to 4.50.

For Milwaukee, fellow lefty Doug Davis returns to the rotation for his first appearance since a May 10 loss to Atlanta.

The 34-year-old suffered chest pain after that outing and was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 11 with pericarditis. He made a pair of rehab starts in the minors on the way back, initially at Triple-A Nashville on June 19 and later at Class-A Wisconsin on June 30.

He takes a roster spot left open this week when another starter, Yovani Gallardo, went on the DL with a strain of his left oblique muscle.

Davis is 8-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 22 lifetime starts against Pittsburgh.

On Thursday in Houston, Lance Berkman belted two solo home runs to support Roy Oswalt's complete-game one-hitter in the Astros' 2-0 blanking of Pittsburgh that completed a three-game sweep at Minute Maid Park.

Ross Ohlendorf (1-7) was the hard-luck loser after yielding both runs on seven hits over seven frames while walking one and fanning five for the Pirates.

In Milwaukee, Aubrey Huff hit a two-run homer and knocked in four, as the San Francisco Giants finished off a four-game sweep of the Brewers with a 9-3 win.

Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder each finished with two hits and an RBI for Milwaukee, which has dropped five straight and six of seven.

Manny Parra (3-6) suffered the loss after getting raked for 10 hits and six runs -- four earned -- over five frames. The lefty also struck out five and walked a pair.

Milwaukee has won five of its eight matchups with the Pirates this season.

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