PITTSBURGH (AP) Adam Frazier hit a two-run homer off Milwaukee nearer Corey Knebel with two outs within the ninth inning to raise the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-four victory on Wednesday night time.
The Pirates tied it within the eighth on a throwing error by Knebel then ended a seven-recreation dropping streak when Frazier homered into the primary row of seats in the best-area stands.
Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana homered for the Brewers however Milwaukee missed an opportunity to tug right into a tie with Colorado for the second wild-card spot within the Nationwide League.
Knebel (1-2) had transformed 21 straight save alternatives. Milwaukee misplaced for simply the third time in its final 12 video games.
Felipe Rivero (5-2) earned the victory in aid. Frazier completed 2 for five with 4 RBIs. Starling Marte added two hits for the Pirates.
The Brewers try to lock up the franchise’s third playoff berth since 1982. The bullpen has keyed Milwaukee’s persistent chase of the primary-place Cubs and supervisor Craig Counsell didn’t hesitate when rookie starter Aaron Wilkerson bumped into hassle within the third inning.
The Pirates ended a 21-inning scoreless drought when Frazier drilled a two-run triple and Marte adopted with an RBI single to place them up three-2, their first lead in 9 days. It didn’t final. Jacob Barnes got here on for Wilkerson, a 28-yr-previous making his first main league begin, and Pittsburgh’s bats instantly went quiet.
The Brewers used eight pitchers in all and moved in entrance within the seventh thanks to a different erratic efficiency by Tyler Glasnow.
Glasnow began the season within the rotation however was despatched again to Triple-A Indianapolis resulting from management points. Although he was dominant once more at Triple-A, the command issues resurfaced once more. He walked 4 of the six batters he confronted, and Eric Thames’ RBI double tied the sport. The Brewers reclaimed the lead when Pittsburgh reliever A.J. Schugel walked within the go-forward run.
Knebel got here on for a 4-out save with tying run at second within the backside of the eighth. Knebel obtained David Freese to hit a grounder, however Knebel’s throw to first sailed vast, permitting Andrew McCutchen to race residence from second.
An inning later, Milwaukee’s probability to tug even with Colorado was gone.
Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson is predicted to overlook a good portion of the 2018 season whereas recovering from a partially torn labrum. Nelson suffered the damage after dislocating his shoulder whereas sliding again into first base towards the Cubs earlier this month. ”Once you get one thing taken from you on one thing that’s dangerous luck frankly, it’s robust to swallow,” Counsell stated. Nelson went 12-6 with a three.forty nine ERA this season.
Pirates: 2B Josh Harrison’s surgically repaired left thumb will stay in a splint for the subsequent 2-three weeks however ought to be healed in time to undergo his typical offseason exercise program, coach Todd Tomczyk stated Wednesday. The identical goes for C Francisco Cervelli, who’s recovering from a sore left quadriceps.
Brewers: Start a pivotal 4-recreation collection at house towards the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Zach Davies (17-9, three.89 ERA) begins the opener for the Brewers, who’re eight-7 this season towards the World Collection champions.
Pirates: Are off Thursday earlier than welcoming St. Louis to PNC Park for a 3-recreation set beginning Friday. Ivan Nova (eleven-14, four.20 ERA) faces Michael Wacha (12-eight, four.02).
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