Pirates Fall 2-1 In 10 Innings, Brewers Sweep Series
MILWAUKEE (KDKA/AP) — The Pirates took an early lead Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee, but couldn’t hold on as the Brewers came from behind for a 2-1 win in 10 innings and a series sweep.
With one out in the 10th inning, George Kottaras singled to left field and Casey McGehee followed with a double. Nyjer Morgan then hit the first pitch from Chris Resop (3-4) to deep right field and Kottaras scored easily for the win.
Takashi Salto (3-1) got the win for the Brewers as he pitched a scoreless 10th inning.
The Pirates’ Charlie Morton gave up one run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings. He was charged with a run in the eighth inning, ending his 24 inning scoreless streak. Morton struck out five and walked two.
The Brewers’ Shawn Marcum gave up just one run and five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out five and walked two batters.
The Brewers have now won all eight games against the Pirates this season and 12 straight over the last two years at Miller Park. The last time the Pirates won at Miller Park was April 28, 2010.
They have won just two of their last 36 games in Milwaukee.
The Pirates grabbed the lead in the first inning on Andrew McCutchen’s RBI double.
Morton dominated the Brewers through the first five innings. After getting a double play to end the second inning, he retired eight of the next nine batters.
The only player to reach base was Yuniesky Betancourt, who singled to open the fifth inning. But Betancourt was thrown out at second by McKenry on a failed hit and run.
Morton also got his second hit of the season in the third inning, lining a double over Morgan’s head. Both of his hits this season have been doubles.
Jose Veras relieved Morton with a runner on second and retired McGehee on a flyout.
Joel Hanrahan was then brought in and struck out Morgan, but the ball bounced away from catcher Michael McKenry and Morgan reached first base. Hanrahan was charged with a wild pitch on the play.
Ryan Braun then singled up the middle to score pinch runner Jerry Hairston Jr. to tie the game 1-1. Hanrahan was able to get Prince Fielder to fly out to end the inning.
The Pirates head back to Pittsburgh for a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals beginning Monday at 7:05 p.m.