National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Pittsburgh
(Wednesday, September 19th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 3, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Marco Estrada tossed seven strong innings
and the Milwaukee Brewers continued to roll with a 3-1 win over the fading
Pittsburgh Pirates in the second of three from PNC Park.
Estrada (4-6) gave up just three hits and a walk with four strikeouts and also
drove in a run in his second straight win.
Norichika Aoki hit a solo home run to start the game, while Jean Segura went
2-for-4 with two runs scored for the Brewers, who have won four straight,
seven of eight and 18 of their past 23 to get back in the playoff hunt.
"It feels a lot like last year where we were all relaxed and it was so much
fun," said Estrada. "We've never gotten down on ourselves this year and now
we're starting to feel like something special can happen."
Milwaukee stayed 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final wild card
spot in the National League as the Cardinals downed the Astros on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has dropped 14 of its last 18 games to fall back to
.500 on the season and sits 4 1/2 games out of the last wild card.
Andrew McCutchen homered in the ninth inning to end a scoreless streak of 23
innings for the Pirates while Kyle McPherson (0-1) lost his first career start
after giving up two runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"We just haven't played well in a while now," said Pittsburgh manager Clint
Hurdle. "We have to find a way to finish games. There's 162 games in this
season and it's not over yet, we can turn this around if we want to. I have to
do more and the guys have to do more."
Milwaukee took the lead on the second pitch of the game as Aoki led off with
his ninth home run of the year.
Pittsburgh left a man on third in the first, then stranded Michael McKenry at
second in the second inning when he doubled with one out.
Ryan Braun lined into a double play to end the third inning as Rickie Weeks
was caught off first, and Starling Marte hit into an inning-ending double play
in the third for Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee hit into another inning-ending double play in the fourth, but added
to its lead in the fifth as Segura led off with a double, took third on a balk
and scored on Estrada's single.
The Pirates were retired in order in the fifth and sixth, then Milwaukee made
it a 3-0 game in the seventh as Segura led off with a triple and crossed the
plate after Estrada reached base on a Brock Holt error.
Pittsburgh was set down 1-2-3 in the seventh and Jim Henderson tossed a
scoreless eighth inning for Milwaukee.
McCutchen homered off John Axford to start the ninth and Pedro Alvarez
singled with one out to bring the tying run to the plate. Axford, though,
struck out McKenry looking and forced a groundout from Travis Snider for his
30th save of the season.
The Brewers have won 10 of the 14 games with Pittsburgh this season ... The
Brewers hit into four double plays in the game ... Pittsburgh batted 0-for-5
with runners in scoring position and left six on base ... Estrada moved to 3-0
in eight games (5 starts) against the Pirates in his career.
09/20 00:21:40 ET
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