PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Garza got through six shaky innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time since last July and Lyle Overbay hit a tiebreaking two-run single to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
Garza (4-4) allowed five walks and six hits while striking out one, yet limited the Pirates to three runs a day after they scored a season-high 15 against Milwaukee.
Overbay delivered his hit in a three-run fourth inning that put the Brewers ahead 4-2.
After Khris Davis hit a tying RBI single, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle opted to walk Scooter Gennett to pitch to Overbay, who came into the game hitting .213. Overbay then grounded his single into center field.
Davis and Jonathan Lucroy had two hits each for the NL Central-leading Brewers. Ryan Braun’s two-run double in a four-run eighth inning extended Milwaukee’s lead to 8-3.
Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez had two hits each for Pittsburgh.
Edinson Volquez (3-5) lost for the first time in four starts, giving up four runs and four hits in six innings.
Pittsburgh got within 4-3 in the sixth inning on a double play grounder before Milwaukee put the game away in the eighth on Braun’s double and an infield RBI single by Jean Segura. Irving Falu added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Rob Wooten, Will Smith and Brandon Kintzler each pitched one scoreless inning of relief.
Alvarez’s two-run single in the second inning put the Pirates ahead 2-1 after Lucroy hit a sacrifice fly in the first.
The Pirates’ Josh Harrison extended his hitting streak 10 games, tying a career high, with a two-out double in the ninth inning.
Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday night against the Chicago Cubs. LHP Jeff Locke will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and start Sunday against the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo (3-4, 4.08) in the finale of the three-game series. RHP Charlie Morton will start Monday instead of Sunday.
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