A.J. Burnett was masterful early on, not allowing a hit through the first 5.2 innings, despite allowing a run in the third from a walk to Carlos Gomez followed by two stolen bases and a wild pitch.
Burnett ultimately earned a no-decision in 6.2 innings of work, allowing only two hits and as many runs with nine strikeouts. His undoing was a lack of control, which resulted in four free passes.
Marco Estrada was terrific for the Brew Crew, punching out 10 Pirates in seven frames. The 29-year-old was in control, surrendering just four hits, one walk and a run.
Pedro Alvarez hit the only home run for Pittsburgh, crushing an Estrada offering in the second inning to take a fleeting 1-0 advantage.
On Sunday, the Pirates will attempt to avoid being swept with James McDonald on the hill.