PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a go-ahead two-run single within the prime of the ninth inning to rally the Milwaukee Brewers previous the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Thursday to finish a three-game sweep.
McCutchen, a five-time All-Star in Pittsburgh, started the sport with a leadoff residence run — his first at PNC Park as a customer — earlier than delivering a single to proper subject off nearer Chris Stratton (0-1) within the closing body. McCutchen, now primarily a chosen hitter for the Brewers, completed with three hits to spice up his batting common to .250.
Hoby Milner (2-0) labored an ideal eighth to select up the win. Devin Williams retired the Pirates so as within the ninth for his first save. The Brewers have received eight straight over Pittsburgh courting to final season.
Christian Yelich began the Brewers’ rally with a one-out, pinch-hit bunt single in opposition to Stratton. Kolten Wong and Omar Narvaez adopted with singles to load the bases for McCutchen. The 35-year-old’s liner smacked off the outstretched glove of second baseman Josh VanMeter and into proper subject, permitting Yelich and Wong to attain.
Pittsburgh rookie proper fielder Jack Suwinski collected the primary RBI of his profession with an infield single within the seventh and Ben Gamel adopted with a sacrifice fly off reliever Brad Boxberger because the Pirates turned a 1-0 deficit right into a 2-1 lead.
David Bednar labored a scoreless eighth for the Pirates to set the stage for Stratton, in his first full season on the again finish of Pittsburgh’s bullpen. He rapidly put away Lorenzo Cain earlier than Yelich’s bunt began Milwaukee’s surge.
Pirates starter Jose Quintana surrendered a house run to McCutchen on the sport’s first pitch however rapidly settled down. Quintana, hoping to revive his profession in Pittsburgh, allowed simply 4 hits and struck out 9 with out issuing a stroll.
The Pirates have but to have a beginning pitcher report a victory by way of 19 video games, the second-longest streak to start out a season in main league historical past, trailing solely the 1988 Baltimore Orioles, who began the season 0-21. Quintana stays winless since Sept. 5, 2019, whereas pitching for the Chicago Cubs.
McCutchen turned on a 90 mph fastball up within the zone from Quintana for his 93rd profession residence run at PNC Park.
Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta tossed six shutout innings, permitting simply three hits and hanging out seven with out issuing a stroll. Peralta’s solely hassle spot got here in his final inning when consecutive singles by Daniel Vogelbach and Bryan Reynolds put two on with two outs. A nine-pitch battle with Pittsburgh’s Ke’Bryan Hayes adopted, with Peralta finally getting Hayes to fly out to proper subject to finish the risk.
Boxberger, certainly one of 5 Brewers pitchers who mixed for a one-hitter in a victory on Wednesday evening, wasn’t fairly as sharp lower than 24 hours later however was bailed out by McCutchen.
Pirates: C Andrew Knapp was scratched from the lineup about an hour earlier than the primary pitch resulting from an sickness, forcing Roberto Perez to make the beginning after anticipating to have the time off.
Brewers: Head residence for a weekend collection in opposition to the Chicago Cubs. Adrian Houser (1-2, 3.52 ERA) begins on Friday in opposition to Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 3.98).
Pirates: Welcome San Diego to PNC Park for a three-game set beginning Friday. Yu Darvish (1-1, 4.43) will get the nod for the Padres in opposition to Pittsburgh’s Zach Thompson (0-2, 10.80).
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