Pirates Vs. Brewers: Yovani Gallardo, Bad Defense Sinks Bucs

Despite another stellar day on offense from Andrew McCutchen, a bad inning on defense did the Pirates in on Sunday.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Yovani Gallardo, Bad Defense Sinks Bucs

A career outing by Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo and one bad inning defensively doomed the Pittsburgh Pirates, who dropped their series finale to the Brewers, 4-0.

Gallardo was able to keep the Pirates bats silent all afternoon, allowing one run on four hits while striking out a career-high 14 batters.

One player he was not able to stop was Andrew McCutchen, who opened the scoring with his a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. McCutchen ended the day 3-for-5 and now sits atop the National League in batting with an average of .371.

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett was cruising through his start until the sixth inning when the wheels came off. After allowing back-to-back singles to start the inning, a wild throw by Garrett Jones allowed the Brewers to tie the game. A booted ball by Pedro Alvarez during the next at-bat gave the Brewers the lead. After another tough-luck flair, the Brewers held a 4-1 advantage at the end of the inning, and then coasted to the win.

Burnett finished with four runs allowed on nine hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts. The Pirates now head to Colorado, where they will begin a three-game series with the Rockies Monday.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Lineups For Sunday's Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers face off Sunday in a pivotal rubber match, as the Pirates are looking to keep pace with the Cincinnati Reds atop the NL Central. They will have a tough task ahead of them, as Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo is making his first start after the All-Star break, and has historically done well against the Pirates. The Pirates will counter with A.J. Burnett. Here are the lineups for Sunday's contest.

Pittsburgh Pirates

LF Drew Sutton
2B Neil Walker
CF Andrew McCutchen
RF Garrett Jones
1B Casey McGehee
3B Pedro Alvarez
C Rod Barajas
SS Jordy Mercer
P A.J. Burnett

Milwaukee Brewers

RF Norichika Aoki
CF Nyjer Morgan
LF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
1B Corey Hart
2B Rickie Weeks
C Martin Maldonado
SS Jeff Bianchi
P Yovani Gallardo

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: TV Schedule, Start Time, Other Game Info

The Pittsburgh Pirates came through when they needed to with a 6-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday to stay even with the Cincinnati Reds for first place in the NL Central. The series' deciding game will be played at 2:10 PM EST on Sunday and will be broadcasted on KDKA-FM 93.7 radio and Root Sports TV.

The Pirates will put the ball in the right hand of A.J. Burnett as they seek to win for the 12th time in 15 games. Burnett is 10-2 with a 3.68 ERA and is unbeaten in 12 starts beginning in early May with a ridiculous 9-0 record and 2.79 ERA during the stretch.

"A.J. was very efficient, very strong when we needed him to be strong," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle to MLB.com.

Burnett will square off against Yovani Gallardo, who is 7-6 with a 3.74 ERA buoyed by six consecutive quality starts that dropped his ERA from 4.50. He pitches particularly well in Miller Park where he's won his last three starts.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Pittsburgh Remains Tied For Division Lead After 6-4 Win

Needing a win to stay even with the Cincinnati Reds atop the N.L. Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates got one on Saturday by a final count of 6-4 over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Kevin Correia, who lasted six innings and allowed just two earned runs, was credited with the win, his sixth on the season, thanks to two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Trailing 3-2 heading into the inning, the Pirates got on the scoreboard, as Clint Barmes scored off a throwing error from Milwaukee's Kameron Loe and Josh Harrison on a passed ball.

Closer Joel Hanrahan would come on for the ninth to record the save, his 24th.

The series rubber-match on Sunday is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers Score Update: Pittsburgh Trails 4-2 After Five Innings

The Milwaukee Brewers lead the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 after five innings at Miller Park. Milwaukee punched in runs in back-to-back innings, the second and third, off Pirates starter Kevin Correia, who has lasted all five innings thus far, tossing 83 pitchers and allowing four runs, four hits, while striking out five.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's scoring has come by way of Andrew McCutchen, who launched a two-run home run to deep center field in the bottom of the third inning, to even the score at the time.

The Brewers eclipsed the Pirates by a final score of 10-7 on Friday night -- the teams' first games since the All-Star break.

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Alex Presley Injury: Pirates Outfielder Set For Rehab Assignment

Outfielder Alex Presley will be sent out on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday with eyes on a Tuesday return to the lineup as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms he suffered on July 3 while trying to make a diving catch.

Presley was placed on the seven-day disabled list but looks like he'll be ready to join the club in Colorado for their series that starts on Monday in Colorado. Presley has participated in what manager Clint Hurdle referred to as "strenuous" workouts and just needs some time at the plate and in the field before returning.

"It's best served to get him out and get him on the field," Hurdle said. "This way we can use the opportunity to use up to five games. To be down seven, eight days without any game speed and limited activity until the last couple days, he's all for it."

Presley batted .242 in 60 games before the injury.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: TV Schedule, Start Time, Other Game Info

The Pirates are looking to avoid what befell the club last season when August and September swoons led to yet another playoffs-less season.

"We're getting more attention because we've earned it," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle to MLB.com. "You earn that through good play, you earn that through winning games. But how do we win games? By keeping it simple. By taking care of us. By each individual taking care of himself first and helping a brother out when he can help a brother out. And that's what we plan on doing as we move forward."

The Pirates will send righty Kevin Correia to the mound to face the Brewers' Marco Estrada. Correia is 5-6 with a 4.34 ERA while Estrada is still winless at 0-3 with a 4.06 ERA.

A series win against the Brewers would make for eight straight series wins against the NL Central. It would be the first time the Pirates have topped seven straight since winning 10 straight in 1992.

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Alex Presley Injury: Pirates Outfielder Expected To Return From Concussion Injury On Tuesday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Alex Presley is expected to return early next week from a concussion injury. He sustained the concussion while diving for a ball in a game against the Houston Astros. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Presley will begin a Triple-A rehab assignment this weekend and should join the Bucs in Colorado for their series with the Rockies on Tuesday. Presley said he has not had any recurring concussion symptoms:

"I feel good," Presley said Friday. "I haven't had any symptoms for a few days, and I didn't hold back anything (in workouts)."

Presley has hit pretty well since being recalled from Indianapolis at the beginning of June. He re-joined the team in Cincinnati for a pivotal series against the Reds that seemed to propel the Bucs to a successful month. PIttsburgh starts the second half with a one game lead over the Reds in the NL Central.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Lineups For Friday's Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to continue their improbable run in 2012 into the second half of the season, as their first challenge after the all-star break will be a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. James McDonald is getting the start for the Pirates, where he will look to prove that his first half was no fluke, while his mound opponent, Zack Greinke is becoming the first player since 1917 to start three consecutive games.

Here are the lineups for tonight's game.

Pittsburgh Pirates

LF Drew Sutton
2B Neil Walker
CF Andrew McCutchen
RF Garrett Jones
1B Casey McGehee
3B Pedro Alvarez
C Rod Barajas
SS Clint Barmes
P James McDonald

Milwaukee Brewers

RF Norichika Aoki
CF Nyjer Morgan
LF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
1B Corey Hart
2B Rickie Weeks
SS Cody Ransom
C Martin Maldonado
P Zack Greinke

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Pirates Vs. Milwaukee: TV Schedule, Start Time, Other Game Info

The NL Central Division-leading Pittsburgh Pirates start the second half of the 2012 MLB season on the road Friday night against division foe and defending NL Central champs the Milwaukee Brewers. TV coverage of the game begins at 8 p.m. on Root Sports, with the first pitch scheduled around 8:10. Fans can also follow the action on radio at KDKA-FM 93.7.

The Pirates will send pitching standout James McDonald to the mound. He will go up against the Brewers ace Zack Greinke in what should be a strong pitching duel. McDonald comes into the game with a 9-3 record and an impressive 2.37 ERA. Greinke is also 9-3 on the year, but his ERA is almost a run higher at 3.32.

This is only the second time these two teams have met this year. They played each other earlier in the year in Milwaukee, with the Pirates winning two out of three. The Pirates are 11 games over .500, at 48-37, entering the second half of the year. Milwaukee starts the second half in fourth place in the NL Central, five and a half behind third-place St. Louis and eight games behind the division-leading Bucs.

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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Zach Greinke To Start Third Consecutive Game

Zach Greinke of the Brewers will face James McDonald and the Pirates in his third consecutive start. He's the first player to do so since 1917.

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