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Brewers single Pirates to death, avoid sweep

Mike McGinnis

The Brewers rode 82 billion early-inning singles off Vance Worley to a 4-3 win over the Pirates Sunday, as the Bucs failed to sweep the Brewers at Miller Park, which they've never done since ever, and shall never do until the end of time.

Worley got two quick outs in the first, then gave up an infield single to Ryan Braun, followed by ground ball singles by Aramis Ramirez and Scooter Gennett, followed by a line drive single to Mark Reynolds. That put the Brewers up 2-0.

The Bucs got those runs back in the second when Pedro Alvarez walked, stole second (?), and came home on Starling Marte's homer. But the Brewers were back at it in the bottom of the inning, following Carlos Gomez's double with a weakly hit RBI single by Lucroy, then a walk to Braun and then another RBI single. The inning finally ended when Gregory Polanco gunned down Braun at home. All in all, the Brewers really didn't hit Worley very hard at all, but they wound up with four runs.

And then ... nothing. Or not much. The Pirates went down quietly in the middle and late innings, getting only a ninth-inning solo homer from Andrew McCutchen to cut the lead to 4-3.