Pirates beaten by Brewers, 10th loss in 13 games
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates scored early, kept putting up runs against Yovani Gallardo and finished him in the fifth inning.
By then, though, the Milwaukee Brewers had done even more damage.
The wild-card contending Pirates lost for the 10th time in 13 games after being outslugged by Milwaukee 12-8 Sunday.
Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 37th home run and Gallardo also connected. Jeff Bianchi, Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez also went long as the Brewers tied a season high with five homers.
Garrett Jones, Michael McKenry and Gaby Sanchez homered for the Pirates, who got swept in the three-game series.
"Every game right now is key," Sanchez said. "We've got to go out there and keep playing baseball, keep trying to have fun out there and continue pushing forward. All we can do is go out there and battle and give everything we've got."
Pirates starter James McDonald (12-7) was tagged for eight runs and six hits in 2 2-3 innings. He struck out six, but allowed four home runs.
"I actually felt good. The fastball command wasn't bad. They hit good pitches," McDonald said. "I'm not going to make any excuses for what happened. Bottom line is they put the bat on the ball and hit away."
Pirates pitchers need to do more to subdue the Brewers hitters, manager Clint Hurdle said.
"One thing we've got to do, that I haven't seen done since I've been here, is we've got to eliminate some of their comfort at the plate," Hurdle said. "They've been pushing us around for years."
Pirates hitters found success of their own against Gallardo. They touched him for 11 hits and seven earned runs in 4 2-3 innings. He also walked four while throwing a season-high 119 pitches.
"He wasn't sharp, his command was off," Hurdle said. "That's the funny part of the game. You tell me we're going to have seven off Gallardo in the fifth and chase him, let's roll. But that doesn't work that way."
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