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Brewers top Pirates at home

MILWAUKEE -- Jimmy Nelson struck out eight while Jonathan Lucory, Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis hit home runs to power the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday evening at Miller Park.

MILWAUKEE - Jimmy Nelson struck out eight while Jonathan Lucory, Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis hit home runs to power the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday evening at Miller Park.
Nelson (7-9) overcame a rough first inning to work into the seventh. He gave up seven hits and three walks and won for the fourth time in five starts.
Davis was a late scratch from the starting lineup but came on as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. He gave the Brewers an insurance run with a solo homer off right-hander Antonio Bastardo. Right-hander Francisco Rodriguez closed it out for his 21st save of the season.
Pittsburgh’s scheduled starter Francisco Liriano was scratched just before game time so right-hander Vance Worley made a spot start and went four innings, allowing five-runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
The Pirates gave him some early support, scoring three in the first inning off Nelson.
The Pirates needed just three pitches to get on the board. Right fielder Gregory Polanco led off with a single that bounced off Lucroy’s glove.
Neil Walker followed with a short blooper to center that Carlos Gomez couldn’t handle, allowing a run to score, and a wild pitch to center fielder Andrew McCutchen allowed Walker to score, putting the Pirates up, 2-0.
McCutchen walked, left fielder Starling Marte singled and just when it looked like Nelson might catch a break, shortstop Jean Segura -- a late addition to the lineup after Pittsburgh scratched the lefty Liriano -- made a bad throw on what would have been a double play and McCutchen made it home to give Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead.
Nelson loaded the bases by hitting first baseman Pedro Alvarez with a 1-2 fastball but the Brewers finally got some good fortune when Marte was thrown out trying to score on catcher Francisco Cervelli’s fly to right.
Nelson helped his own cause in the second, driving in the first two runs of his career to cut Pittsburgh’s lead to a run.
Worley retired his first two batters in the fourth, but walked Parra then hung a 1-0 slider to Lucroy, who sent it to left center for his third home run of the season.
Ramirez tagged right-hander Deolis Guerra in the fifth for his 11th home run of the season.
NOTES: Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano was slated to start Saturday but scratched just before first pitch with tightness in his neck. RHP Vance Worley started instead -- his first since May 14. Worley began the year in Pittsburgh’s rotation and was 2-3 with a 4.38 ERA in seven starts. Since moving to the bullpen, he is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 11 appearances. Liriano is the first member of the Pirates’ opening day rotation to miss a start this season. ... Brewers manager Craig Counsell’s original lineup was stacked with right-handers, but the Pirates’ last-minute change allowed Counsell to put hot-hitting Gerardo Parra back in left field instead of Khris Davis. Scooter Gennett replaced Hernan Perez at second base. Counsell left Jonathan Lucroy at first, where he was making just his second start of the season. ... The series concludes Sunday with Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke (5-5, 4.03 ERA) facing Milwaukee right-hander Taylor Jungmann (4-1, 2.15).

Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 5

PIT    ab    r    h    bi    MIL    ab    r    h    bi

Polanco rf    5    2    2    0    Parra lf    4    1    1    0
Walker 2b    5    1    1    0    Lucroy 1b    4    1    1    2
McCtchn cf    2    2    1    0    Perez 1b    1    0    1    0
Marte lf    4    0    2    1    Braun rf    3    2    1    0
Kang 3b    2    0    1    0    Gomez cf    4    0    0    0
Guerra rp    0    0    0    0    Ramirez 3b    3    2    3    2
Ishikw ph    1    0    0    1    Gennett 2b    5    1    3    1
Alvarez 1b    3    0    0    0    Segura ss    4    0    1    0
Bstrdo rp    0    0    0    0    Mldondo c    4    0    0    0
Crvlli c    4    0    1    0    Nelson sp    3    0    1    2
Mercer ss    4    0    0    0    Jffrss rp    0    0    0    0
Worley sp    2    0    0    0    Davis ph    1    1    1    1
Rodrguz 3b    2    0    0    0    Broxton rp    0    0    0    0
                    Rodrguz rp    0    0    0    0
Totals    34    5    8    2    Totals    36    8    13    8
Pittsburgh     300 000 200 - 5
Milwaukee     021 211 10x - 8
E-Cervelli 1, C.Gomez 1, Mercer 1, Segura 1. LOB-Milwaukee 0, Pittsburgh 0. 2B-S.Marte (17), H.Perez (7), Polanco (16). HR-K.Davis (7), Lucroy (3), Ar.Ramirez (11). SB-Braun (14).
    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Pittsburgh
Worley L, 3-5    4    7    5    4    1    4
D.Guerra    2    4    2    2    2    2
Bastardo    2    2    1    1    2    0
Milwaukee
Nelson W, 7-9    6 1-3    7    4    4    3    8
Jeffress    2-3    1    1    1    1    1
Broxton H, 11    1    0    0    0    0    1
Fr.Rodriguez S, 21    1    0    0    0    0    0
Inherited runners-scored-Jeffress 1-1. HBP-Ar.Ramirez (by Worley), P.Alvarez (by Nelson). WP-Nelson (6).
Umpires-Home, Lance Barrett; First, Adam Hamari; Second, CB Bucknor; Third, Dale Scott.

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