Pirates 6, Brewers 4

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 14: Joel Hanrahan #52 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Michael McKenty #55 after the 6-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 14, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Kevin Correia got off to a rough start, giving up two runs in the second (on an Aramis Ramirez double, a Corey Hart triple, and a groundout) and two in the third (on a Pedro Alvarez error with two men on, and a sacrifice fly), but he settled down after that, eventually getting through six innings with six strikeouts.

The Pirates, meanwhile, piled up runs despite an 11-strikeout performance by Marco Estrada, who struck out the side in the first inning and whiffed two batters each in the second, third and fourth. (The Pirates struck out 15 times overall.) In the third, Neil Walker walked and Andrew McCutchen hammered a terrible 0-and-2 fastball for his 20th homer of the year. Then in the sixth, the Bucs hit a series of singles to bring home another run.

The Bucs entered the top of the seventh down 4-3. Clint Barmes singled, then went to second on an error by Ryan Braun. Then Josh Harrison bunted, and Barmes came home when Kameron Loe airmailed the throw. Neil Walker then singled, and Harrison came home on a passed ball. Walker then got picked off, but still, it wasn't a very good sequence for the Brewers. That's all the Pirates would need, although Casey McGehee hit a solo homer in the eighth for good measure. Jason Grilli and Joel Hanrahan closed the door.

The Reds beat the Cardinals Saturday, so the Bucs and Reds are tied atop the division, with the Cardinals 3.5 games back.

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