Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Milwaukee 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Francisco Liriano pitched six strong innings
to help the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the
second of three from PNC Park.
Liriano (7-3) won for a fourth time in his past five starts as he gave up just
one run on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts for the Pirates, who are
on an eight-game winning streak.
"It's all about location for me and I just seem to locate the ball better
here, especially throwing the fastball for strikes," Liriano said of pitching
at home. "It's that and guys making good plays for me."
It's the longest winning streak for the Pirates since the team ran off 10
straight from June 26-July 5, 2004 and the team with the best record in the
majors is now 20 games over .500 (50-30) on the season.
Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez each hit a solo home run as the Pirates
improved to 8-4 over the Brewers this season.
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in the only run of the game for the Brewers, who
have dropped their past four games. Donovan Hand (0-1) suffered the first loss
of his career as he gave up two runs on five hits with two strikeouts in five
"I thought Donnie threw the ball really well," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke
said of his starter. "He understands how to pitch. He understands how to throw
The Pirates got on the board in the second inning when Alvarez turned on a 1-2
fastball and drilled it over the right-field wall for his 20th home run of the
In the fourth, Jones hit the first pitch of the inning over the wall in center
field for his seventh home run of the season and a 2-0 lead.
The Brewers got a leadoff triple from Carlos Gomez to start the fourth. After
Aramis Ramirez struck out, Jonathan Lucroy hit a grounder to second and Neil
Walker came home with the ball to nail Gomez at the plate.
Milwaukee finally got on the board in the sixth as Betancourt's RBI single
That was it though, as Tony Watson, Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli each worked
a scoreless inning, with Grilli setting the Brewers down in order in the ninth
for his 27th save of the season.
The Brewers batted 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left seven on
base ... Liriano moved to 6-2 in 10 games against the Brewers ... Alvarez
extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games ... Before the game,
Milwaukee recalled pitcher Tyler Thornburg from Triple-A Nashville.
06/30 00:23:08 ET
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