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Brewers Drop Bucs, Take Series

Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo struck out a career high and only allowed one run as the Brewers defeated Pittsburgh 4-1 to take the series.

Things were looking great for the Pirates who with a 1-0 lead were poised to take their second consecutive series in dreaded Milwaukee. One inning, however, ended those aspirations.

The sixth inning was what did the Pirates in, as they allowed four runs and committed two errors en route to a 4-1 loss.

Another issue for the Pirates was 14 strikeouts against Gallardo. Pirates hitters struck out at least 10 times in every game of the series.

A.J. Burnett delivered an encouraging start for Pittsburgh, putting down Brewers hitters and escaping trouble early.

It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the scoring started. Andrew McCutchen’s 21st homer of the season gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The round tripper means that McCutchen has four consecutive games with a homer.

The trouble for Pittsburgh started in the sixth. Nyjer Morgan recorded a single followed by a Ryan Braun single which scored Morgan thanks to a throwing error from Garrett Jones.

Aramis Ramirez continued the run when he was able to plate Braun with a single, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. Burnett got a reprieve when he struck out Corey Hart, but it was short lived, thanks to what appeared to be another error, this time from Pedro Alvarez. Ultimately, the play was ruled a hit. Martin Maldonado stretched the lead to 4-2 with an RBI double.

The Pirates could not get anything going after that, and struck out twice more against Francisco Rodriguez in the eighth inning and once against closer John Axford, who earned his 16th save of the season.

On Deck:

The Pirates will travel to Coors Field tomorrow to face the Colorado Rockies. Probable starters for the 8:40 PM game are Jeff Karstens (2-2; 3.94 ERA) and Jeff Francis (2-2; 5.19 ERA).

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