The Pirates somehow defeated the hated Brewers, 4-3, in 12 innings Tuesday night, thanks to a walk-off homer by Andrew McCutchen.
"You play a team like the Brewers, who of course has a real good record against us the past few years, and it's like they've got a horseshoe up their butt every time we play them," McCutchen said. "For us to be able to come out and be able to fight and get a win is definitely a plus."
The Brewers took an early lead on Jean Segura's homer on a high fastball in the first. The Bucs tied it in the bottom of the inning on Garrett Jones' RBI groundout, but the Brewers took the lead on doubles by Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez in the fourth, then went up 3-1 when Norichika Aoki singled, moved to second and third on two separate wild pitches, then came home on Segura's grounder.
Jeff Locke allowed three runs in six innings, but struck out six, tying his highest strikeout total of the year, while walking one.
"The Brewers are a great fastball hitting team, and [Locke] was able to mix some breaking balls and use their aggressiveness against them a little bit," Russell Martin said.
The Pirates cut the lead to 3-2, though, when Neil Walker walked, Martin doubled and Clint Barmes brought home a run on a groundout. They followed a similar script in the eighth to tie the game, as Walker singled and Martin doubled him home.
Clint Hurdle, to his credit, turned to Jason Grilli, who pitched a scoreless ninth.
"After we scored in the eighth, I wanted an absolute stop in the ninth. Grilli's my guy to go to for an absolute stop," Hurdle said.
Jose Tabata (who went 3-for-5 and made a tough catch against the wall in right) doubled in the bottom of the inning, but got stranded when Jones hit into a double play. Then Mark Melancon pitched the 10th and allowed two singles, but escaped unscathed. Vin Mazzaro pitched two scoreless innings, and then McCutchen ended the game with shot just over the fence in right-center off Mike Fiers in the 12th.
David Manel contributed to this post.