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Offense sputters late as Brewers outlast Pirates, 5-3

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers got two late runs off the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen en route to a 5-3 victory in game two, securing the weekend series. The win improved the Brewers to 37-28 while Pittsburgh dropped to 30-33.

It was tit-for-tat scoring early but Pittsburgh’s offense was silenced as the Brewers added two more runs. Ultimately, the bullpen couldn’t keep the game tied nor could the offense get much going after three runs were scored in the first three innings.

For Milwaukee, Zach Davies went five innings and allowed three earned runs (one home run) on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

Jordan Lyles didn’t make it past the third inning, allowing nine baserunners (5 hits, four walks), three earned runs along with five strikeouts.

In the top of the first, Kevin Newman tried to get the Pirates a chunk of momentum by attempting to stretch a bloop single into a double and was thrown out by Christian Yelich.

The next inning, Colin Moran got the Pirates on the board, crushing an 88 MPH two-seam fastball off Davies for a two-run homer.

However, the Brewers struck back in the bottom of the second.

Orlando Arcia doubled in Travis Shaw and then crossed the plate himself after a single from Lorenzo Cain.

With the game tied 2-2, Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the third that scored Kevin Newman, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

Once again the Brewers leveled the playing field at 3-3 when Mike Moustakas swatted a 92 MPH Lyles fastball for a home run.

Then, in the bottom of the fourth, Ryan Braun swung the game in the Brewers’ favor for good with an RBI single that knocked in Cain.

The Brewers threatened to break the game wide open in the bottom of the eight, starting with Manny Pena (pinch hitting for Jeremy Jeffress) knocking an 89 MPH two-seam fastball from Francisco Liriano over the wall in left center.

With the Brewers up 5-3, Yelich proceeded to hit a one-out double which was followed by a Braun strikeout via Liriano’s replacement, Clay Holmes.

Holmes then issued two straight walks to load the bases with two outs but was able to get Eric Thames to strike out on an 82 MPH curveball.

Brewers closer Josh Hader made quick work of the Pirates hitters in the top of the ninth for his fifteenth save of the season. Jung Ho Khan, Elias Diaz, and Adam Frazier were struck out on 13 pitches (11 strikes, 2 balls).

Pittsburgh will try to salvage the final game of the teams’ second series in Milwaukee tomorrow afternoon.