MILWAUKEE — Three hits had been all of the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to get reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes his first win of the season.
Burnes struck out 10 and allowed two runs in seven innings because the Brewers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Tuesday night time for his or her third straight victory. Burnes held the Pirates scoreless by means of 5 innings earlier than giving up homers to Daniel Vogelbach within the sixth and Josh VanMeter within the seventh.
“Everything felt good,” mentioned Burnes, who threw 107 pitches. “Just two bad pitches. That’s it.”
“If we hit home runs, it’s going to be OK,” Milwaukee supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned. “We got some balls to hit, and we did some damage with the balls we got to hit. They pitched well.”
So did Burnes.
The right-hander gave up 4 hits and didn’t stroll anyone. In his final two begins, Burnes (1-0) has allowed simply seven hits and two runs over 14 innings.
“That’s what he does,” Brewers reliever Devin Williams said. “That’s what we’ve grown to expect every time. It’s really not surprising.”
In his earlier begin, Burnes permitted three hits in seven shutout innings and left with a 2-0 lead, however the Orioles rallied to tie the sport towards Williams within the eighth earlier than the Brewers finally gained 4-2.
This time, the Brewers’ bullpen had no such points.
After Williams retired the aspect so as within the eighth, Josh Hader did the identical within the ninth to earn his fifth save in as many alternatives. Williams entered the night time having allowed two runs in every of his final two outings.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” Williams mentioned. “My mindset was simply to get in there and throw strikes. I’ve been falling behind quite a bit, in order that was my foremost goal right this moment.”
The Brewers’ solely two hits off Pirates starter JT Brubaker got here throughout a four-run outburst within the second. Milwaukee capitalized on two walks and an error in that inning.
After Andrew McCutchen drew a leadoff stroll, Tellez received forward within the rely 2-0 and drove an 88 mph slider into the second deck of the right-field stands.
Two outs later, Lorenzo Cain reached first on a grounder to shortstop Kevin Newman, whose throw to first pulled Yoshi Tsutsugo off the bag. Victor Caratini walked to maintain the inning going, then Kolten Wong hit a blooper down the road in shallow proper for a two-run double.
Brubaker (0-2) settled down from there and retired the final 10 batters he confronted. Two of the 4 runs he allowed had been unearned.
“I lost the zone there in the second, and it hurt me,” Brubaker mentioned.
After the Pirates reduce the result in 4-2 on the homers to middle by Vogelbach and VanMeter, Renfroe led off the underside of the seventh by sending a 1-1 pitch from Roansy Contreras into the second deck of the left-field stands.
The homer was Renfroe’s first with the Brewers. He had 31 homers and 96 RBIs for the Boston Red Sox final season earlier than getting traded to Milwaukee.
“I feel like that was the third or fourth one that I thought I hit out, and this was probably the slowest one of the four,” Renfroe mentioned. “Just better aim, I guess. It was great to get it out of the way.”
Counsell mentioned 3B Luis Urías will play an prolonged spring coaching recreation Thursday in Arizona. If all goes effectively, Urías will start a rehab project with one of many membership’s minor league associates. Urías hasn’t performed but this season on account of a quadriceps damage.
The three-game collection concludes Wednesday afternoon with a matchup of right-handers as Mitch Keller (0-2, 9.39 ERA) begins for the Pirates towards Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 7.27).
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