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Braun homers twice as Brewers top Pirates
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Braun's second homer of the night proved to be the difference in the Milwaukee Brewers' 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
Jean Segura singled with one out in the ninth and Braun hammered the first pitch he saw from Jason Grilli (0-1) to center to give the Brewers a one-run lead.
"You can't give up a hit in that situation. You either put him away or waste a pitch," Grilli said. "That bothers me more than the home run."
Jim Henderson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and earned the win, while Francisco Rodriguez closed the door in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
"It's hard when Grilli comes into the game, It's hard to get a run off him," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "We won another game that we probably shouldn't have won. Our offense has been incredible."
Rodriguez tied Goose Gossage for 20th place on the all-time saves list with 310.
Braun had three hits with RBI and four runs scored, while Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the win, Milwaukee's second straight over the Pirates. The teams wrap up the four-game set on Sunday.
Milwaukee starter Matt Garza allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Jose Tabata and Ike Davis each collected two hits for Pittsburgh, while Clint Barmes and Travis Snider knocked in two runs apiece in the setback.
Davis was acquired from the Mets on Friday for a minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.
Wandy Rodriguez toed the slab for Pittsburgh and was pulled after four innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Milwaukee got on the board in the top of the second when Lucroy hit a double to the right-center field gap with one out and Khris Davis followed with a single down the left-field line.
In his first at-bat with Pittsburgh, Davis blooped a double down the left- field line with one out in the home half of the second. Neil Walker followed with a single up the middle to plate Davis and tie the game up at 1-1.
With two outs in the top half of the third, Segura ripped a double into left- center, then Braun reached on a fielder's choice.
Aramis Ramirez knocked in Segura with a single and Lucroy drilled a double into the left-field corner that scored Braun.
Mark Reynolds increased the cushion with a solo blast to right-center to lead off the top of the fourth and give the Brewers a 4-1 lead.
An error from Ricky Weeks led to a huge inning for the Bucs in the bottom of the fourth. Andrew McCutchen led off the frame with a walk and Pedro Alvarez reached on a routine double-play ball to Weeks. Tabata, Barmes and Travis Snider all hit singles in the inning that plated runs and helped the hosts to a 6-4 lead.
Milwaukee added a run to cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth when Lucroy's groundout plated Braun.
McCutchen doubled to right with two outs in the sixth and Martin crossed home all the way from first to push the margin to 7-5. Braun answered in the top of the seventh with a blast to center that made it a one-run game.
Milwaukee was 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position ... The Pirates were 4- for-9 with RISP ... The Brewers outhit Pittsburgh, 12-11.
04/20 00:54:36 ET