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Brewers clobber Pirates’ Cole

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MILWAUKEE — Catcher Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-3 and drove in Carlos Gomez with the go-ahead run in the third inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 at     Miller Park.

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There were no fireworks as Pirates starter Gerrit Cole made his first Milwaukee appearance since confronting Brewers center fielder Gomez after a triple that incited a bench-clearing brawl between the two teams last month.

Cole (3-3) was soundly jeered during pre-game introductions and every time he stepped on the pitcher’s mound or in the batter’s box.

He plunked Gomez on the arm in the third inning, but Gomez appeared to laugh about it on the way to first. Cole seemed upset about putting what would turn out to be the go-ahead run on base and no warnings were issued.

Cole went 5⅔ innings and allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six.

Brewers starter Marco Estrada (3-1) allowed only one run — a first-inning, solo home run by second baseman Neil Walker — and gave up six hits and two walks over six innings and finished with eight strikeouts.

Walker’s home run was his eighth of the season.

  • Milwaukee made a pair of roster moves Tuesday, optioning OF Caleb Gindl to Triple-A Nashville while recalling utility man Elian Herrera. The Brewers also placed 3B Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and activated OF Ryan Braun, who had been dealing with a strained right oblique.
  • Brewers CF Carlos Gomez was in the starting lineup Tuesday against Pittsburgh, still awaiting the results of his appeal of a three-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl with the Pirates last month.
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