MILWAUKEE (KDKA/AP) — A three-run fourth inning pushed the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2 Friday night.
The Bucs haven’t fared well on the road in Milwaukee and Friday night was no different.
Ronny Cedeno’s two-run home run in the fourth inning tied the game 2-2 and provided the only offense for the Pirates in the game.
His home run came after the benches cleared in the bottom of the third when Rickie Weeks and Cedeno became entangled in a rundown.
Order was restored quickly and without ejections.
Yoyani Gallardo broke the tie with an RBI single, and Ryan Braun added a two-run single off James McDonald in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Gallardo pitched six solid innings before giving way to the bullpen. Marco Estrada threw a perfect seventh and eighth before John Axford picked up his eighth save in 10 tries.
It wasn’t even a certainty Braun would be in the lineup until earlier in the day after he crashed into the left field wall and bruised his left ankle Wednesday night in a 13-6 loss to San Diego.
Braun was the NL player of the month for April, but came into the game in a 6-for-39 slump in May. He showed no signs of injuries or ineffectiveness by stealing two bases, delivering a key hit and moving without problems in the field.