National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Pittsburgh
(Tuesday, August 23rd)
Final Score: Milwaukee 11, Pittsburgh 4
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Casey McGehee hit a two-run homer in a seven-run second inning as Milwaukee pounded Pittsburgh, 11-4, in the third installment of a four-game series from PNC Park.
Nyjer Morgan finished with four hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Brewers, who continued their month-long hot streak and won for the 24th time in 28 games.
Ryan Braun went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored, and Jonathan Lucroy posted three hits and knocked in a run for Milwaukee, which saw its lead in the NL Central increase to 10 games after the Cards were routed at home by the Dodgers later Tuesday.
Marco Estrada (4-8) allowed seven hits and two runs over seven innings for the win.
Ronny Cedeno collected three hits and Neil Walker added two with an RBI for the Pirates, who continued their second-half slide by recording their eighth loss in 12 tries.
Recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to the contest, Ross Ohlendorf (0-1) was torched for 11 hits and seven runs --four earned -- over five full frames.
It was the right-hander's first appearance since April 8, and his first start while subbing for the injured Paul Maholm didn't go anywhere near as planned.
"Obviously he was more efficient in his minor league starts," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "But you're talking about minor league starts vs. major league starts."
The Brewers ripped the game open in their second turn at the plate. Yuniesky Betancourt started with a double and Jerry Hairston singled before Lucroy singled home a run.
Estrada then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the throw to first from Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit was wild, allowing a second run to score and leaving two in scoring position. Two batters later, Morgan singled in Lucroy then Braun doubled in two more for a 5-0 score.
Prince Fielder fanned and Braun stole third ahead of McGehee's shot to left which capped the frame.
"When we got the seven runs it was real important for him to go out the next inning and put up a zero," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Estrada. "Anytime you score big, you need that pitcher to shut them down."
Cedeno led off the third with a single and later scored on a Xavier Paul base hit, then Josh Harrison hit his first career homer to left to start the fifth and cut the Bucs' deficit to 7-2.
In the Milwaukee sixth, Braun walked with one out and Fielder doubled him home for an 8-2 contest, and a McGehee sac fly in the eighth upped the Brewers advantage to 9-2.
Walker notched an RBI single and Garrett Jones tripled him in to make it 9-4 in the Pittsburgh eighth, but a Morgan double and sac fly from Craig Counsell in the ninth accounted for the seven-run margin.
Milwaukee has won 10 of the 11 meetings this season and 23 of 29 since the start of last year...McGehee totaled three RBI...Fielder walked three times and Braun worked a pair of bases on balls...In three appearances this season, the 29-year-old Ohlendorf has surrendered 22 hits and 14 runs -- 11 earned -- over 13 2/3 innings...The Bucs designated pitcher Joe Beimel for assignment, making the move to promote Ohlendorf necessary.
08/24 00:41:56 ET