The Milwaukee Brewers clinched home-field advantage in the MLB playoffs after beating the Pirates in the Bucs' last game of the season at Miller Park on Wednesday.
Pirates starter Jeff Locke allowed solo home runs to Jon Lucroy and Corey Hart in the third, then gave up a three-run bomb to Carlos Gomez in the fourth. That sealed the game for the Bucs, who never got back into the game after that.
The game was quite possibly the last in a Pirates uniform for Ryan Doumit (who pinch-hit and went 0-for-1) and Derrek Lee (who went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk).
The Pirates finish their season at 72-90, a disappointing record after a good first four months, but still a significant improvement over their abysmal 2010 campaign, and pretty much in line with what experts expected from the team at the beginning of the season.
The Brewers edged the Arizona Diamondbacks for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
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