National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Milwaukee|
(Monday, September 2nd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Milwaukee 2
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Neil Walker clubbed a three-run homer in the
seventh inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates reclaim sole possession of first
place in the NL Central with a 5-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of
a three-game series at Miller Park.
Jose Tabata finished with three hits and two RBI for the Pirates, who moved
one game ahead of St. Louis in the division standings. The Cardinals lost to
the Reds in Cincinnati earlier Monday.
Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (7-3) gave up two runs -- one earned -- on
seven hits and two walks over seven innings.
"It was a blue-collar effort for Charlie because there was only the one 1-2-3
inning and every other inning there was work to be done," said Pirates manager
Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura each had two hits atop the Brewers' lineup,
while starter Tyler Thornburg (1-1) allowed two runs on six hits and walked
three in six full frames.
"I thought his fastball was good all game. He had a great changeup today. He
didn't throw many breaking balls until later in the game, but that became a
good pitch for him. It was a nice job by him," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke
said about Thornburg.
Pittsburgh clung to a 2-1 lead heading into the seventh. Tom Gorzelanny
relieved Thornburg and left the game with left shoulder tightness after
yielding a leadoff single to Morton.
Tabata then singled off Alfredo Figaro, who surrendered Walker's no-doubter to
The Brewers got a gift run in the bottom of the inning, when third baseman
Pedro Alvarez whiffed on the relay throw from the outfield.
Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
Milwaukee had plenty of chances to build a sizeable lead, placing at least one
runner in scoring position in each of the first five innings. All the team
generated, however, was Logan Schafer's RBI single in the second.
The combination of Clint Barmes and Tabata helped the Pirates seize the lead.
Barmes singled to begin the third, advanced on Morton's sacrifice bunt and
scored on a Tabata base hit. Two innings later, Barmes led off with a double
and Tabata followed another sac bunt with his second run-producing single.
Morton has allowed two earned runs or less in six straight starts ... The
Pirates has won three consecutive games in Milwaukee for the first time since
April 30-May 2, 2004 ... Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen extended
his hitting streak against Milwaukee to 11 games after going 2-for-4 ... The
Pirates began a nine-game road trip ... The Brewers finished 1-for-11 with
runners in scoring position.
09/02 19:32:39 ET