PITTSBURGH (AP) — Omar Narváez had five hits, Avisaíl García drove in five runs and Jace Peterson added four RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers rolled to their 11th straight victory, 11-2 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

It is the Brewers’ longest winning streak since they began the 1987 season with a franchise record 13 victories in a row. The NL Central leaders have outscored their opponents 84-28 during the streak.

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The five hits — all singles — were a career-high for Narváez, who previously had two four-hit games. He lined out in the ninth inning to finish 5 for 6.

Peterson and García each had three of the Brewers’ 16 hits. Peterson is 16 for 33 with 11 RBIs in his last 13 games.

Christian Yelich scored three times and drew three walks.

Eric Lauer (3-3) allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four while beating Pittsburgh for the first time in five career starts.

The Pirates’ losing streak reached six games. They have scored just seven runs during the skid.

Pittsburgh rookie Cody Ponce (0-2) lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his second start of the season. He was tagged for five runs and six hits while walking three and striking out three.

Ponce left after being examined on the mound by an athletic trainer, and the Pirates said he had right arm soreness. Ponce was a Brewers second-round draft pick in 2015 and was facing them for the first time.

Milwaukee broke to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. García hit a two-run double to left-center with two outs and scored on Peterson’s double.

The Brewers added two more in the second to make it 5-0 on consecutive two-out RBI singles by Narváez and García.

Peterson had a run-scoring single in the sixth, and another run scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-1. The Brewers added two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth.

Pirates rookie Jared Oliva had his first career RBI with a single in the second inning and Ben Gamel homered in the eighth. Gamel had two hits and is 8 for 19 (.421) this season against the Brewers, his former team.


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Pittsburgh acquired first baseman John Nogowski from St. Louis for cash. Nogowski was designated for assignment on June 28 after going 1 for 18 (.056) in 19 games.

The Pirates also placed rookie outfielder Ka’ai Tom on the 10-day injured list with a low back strain and recalled right-hander Kyle Keller from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Right-hander Geoff Hartlieb for designated for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for Nogowski. Once he joins the team, the Pirates will need to make a corresponding move to open a spot on the 25-man roster.


Neil Walker, the veteran infielder who retired earlier this year, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The Pirates announced Walker will do some color commentary on their television and radio broadcasts beginning in August. He is also expected to serve the baseball operations department as an adviser.

The native of Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs was the Pirates’ first-round draft pick in 2004 and made his major league debut with them in 2009. Walker spent 12 seasons in the majors, playing for six teams.

Catching the pitch was Pirates bench coach Don Kelly, who is Walker’s brother-in-law.


Pirates RF Gregory Polanco (right hip inflammation) did not start for a third straight game but did pinch hit for the second day in a row. … RHP Trevor Cahill (strained right calf) has made slow progress during his rehab, which is part of the reason why the Pirates transferred him from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Friday.


The four-game series concludes Sunday with Brewers RHP Freddy Peralta (7-2, 2.17 ERA) facing LHP Tyler Anderson (3-8, 4.75). Peralta has allowed just 39 hits in 87 innings over 16 games this season while striking out 122. Anderson is 0-5 with a 6.34 ERA in his last eight starts.

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