Pirates lose 3-2 in 14-inning game that features bases-clearing brawl

Joe Sargent

The Pirates lost in a messy, brawl-filled game that lasted over four hours and ended with the Brewers up 3-2 after 14 innings.

I was driving for a lot of it and caught what I could on radio, so I'll leave the stuff about the brawl to David Manel. There were a bunch of ejections in the third after Gerrit Cole took issue with Carlos Gomez admiring a triple to center, resulting in a tussle between Gomez and Travis Snider. The Bucs took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a solo homer by Neil Walker. The Brewers tied it in the eighth as Mark Reynolds responded with a solo homer of his own.

In the bottom of the inning, Jose Tabata beat out an RBI infield single. (The Brewers challenged but lost.) But Jason Grilli replaced Cole in the ninth and made a really bad pitch that swung right across the plate, resulting in a solo homer by -- guess who? -- Ryan Braun.

That led to extra innings, and after Justin Wilson pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the 12th. the Pirates finally got to Jeanmar Gomez time in the 13th. Gomez got through his first inning, but then gave up a solo homer to Khris Davis in the 14th that proved to be the difference.

That leaves the Pirates at 8-11. It's worth noting that they've scored 80 runs and allowed 79, so it's hardly panic time -- they've played fairly well overall. They just haven't managed to pull through in games like these.

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