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James McDonald Falls Apart In Seventh As Pirates Lose

Sports Network | August 27, 2010

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Alcides Escobar’s two-run triple sparked a six-run seventh inning as the Milwaukee Brewers took a 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a three-game set.

Ryan Braun and Corey Hart each drove in two runs while Jonathan Lucroy scored twice and drove in one for the Brewers, who snapped a four-game slide. Chris Narveson (10-7) worked seven innings and was charged with two runs on seven hits with a walk and eight strikeouts to get the win.

Chris Snyder hit a solo home run while Ronny Cedeno drove in the other for the Pirates, who had won three of four coming in. James McDonald (2-4) was charged with six runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in the loss.

The Pirates grabbed the lead in the second as Lastings Milledge hit a one-out double and came home when Cedeno singled later in the frame.

Snyder’s solo homer in the fifth extended Pittsburgh’s lead to 2-0.

Milwaukee had just one baserunner through the first five innings, but got on board in the sixth. Lucroy singled to start the frame and moved to second on Narveson’s sacrifice bunt. After Rickie Weeks walked, Hart singled to make it a 2-1 game.

In the seventh inning, the Brewers exploded for six runs to take the lead.

With two on and one out, Escobar laced a triple to right to put the hosts in front. Lucroy followed with a single to score Escobar and Joe Inglett singled to bring Chris Resop into the game.

Weeks struck out for the second out, but Hart followed with an RBI double and Braun’s two-run double gave the Brewers a 7-2 lead.

Kameron Loe and Zach Braddock worked a scoreless eighth while John Axford struck out the side in the ninth to close the win.

Milwaukee has taken 11 of the 16 games against Pittsburgh this season, including six of eight at home…McDonald has dropped his past two starts…Narveson is 2-0 in his past five starts.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.