Pinch hitter Orlando Arcia’s two-out RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-5 win over the Pirates Monday night at Miller Park.
The win gave the Brewers a series victory, as they won three of four over the Bucs, who move on to start a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs tonight.
The Pirates managed just five hits on the night, with no one collecting more than one. Yet they battled throughout the night.
Pirates starter Trevor Williams worked his way into trouble in the bottom of the second and couldn’t get out of it unscathed.
Williams walked leadoff batter Justin Smoak, then gave up back-to-back singles to Ben Gamel and Jedd Gyorko to load the bases.
Williams struck out Omar Narvaez swinging, then induced Jace Peterson to bounce to second baseman Kevin Newman, who threw home for the force on Smoak.
Then, after getting two strikes on the ninth-place hitter Eric Sogard, who won Saturday night’s game with a walkoff homer, Williams saw Sogard hit a ground ball to Newman at second. But Newman couldn’t field the ball cleanly, and first baseman Colin Moran could not bail him out on the throw, and the Brewers had a 2-0 lead on what should have been the third out of the inning.
The Pirates answered in the top of the third when Cole Tucker walked off Brewers starter Brent Suter, who lasted just three innings, with two outs and Erik Gonzalez celebrated his 29th birthday by yanking one over the wall in left for a two-run homer.
Williams could not come out and put a zero on the board in the bottom half of the inning as Christian Yelich led off with a single and Keston Hiura was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second.
Williams looked like he might escape, getting Justin Smoak to ground into a double play, but Gamel followed with an RBI single to make it 3-2.
The Brewers added a run in the fourth when his defense – namely Newman again – betrayed him. With runners at first and second and one out, Luis Urias grounded sharply to Moran at first, who fired sharply to second to get the force. But Newman’s ill-advised relay attempt to first sailed wide of the mark, allowing the fourth run to score.
The Pirates pulled to within a run in the fifth on Tucker’s double and Adam Frazier’s RBI single, but Hiura’s solo homer in the bottom of the inning made it 5-3 Milwaukee. It was Hiura’s 10th home run in 26 career games against the Pirates.
The Pirates battled back to tie the game in the sixth. Moran walked with one out and advanced to third on Jacob Stallings’ double. After Gregory Polanco struck out swinging – dropping him to 1 for 25 on the road trip – Jose Osuna delivered a two-run single to make it 5-5.