Ramirez, Hart lead Brewers to 9-3 win over Pirates

Associated Press Modified: September 1, 2012 at 12:02 am •  Published: August 31, 2012
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — If it was the last start of the season for Milwaukee rookie Mark Rogers the right-hander went out on a strong note.

Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez both went 3 for 4 with a homer, and Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens left for the second consecutive time with an injury as the Brewers beat the Pirates 9-3 on Friday night.

Rogers (3-1) gave up one run in 5 1-3 innings to win his third consecutive start in what could be his last outing of the year.

"I feel great about the season," he said. "I feel like I've come a long way this year. I've battled my way back from injuries before so it's pretty gratifying to be here right now and be a part of this ballclub."

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said on the team's television broadcast that Rogers would be shut down, but manager Ron Roenicke refused to confirm it after the game, saying he had not talked to Rogers.

"I don't want to say one way or another whether it is or not," Roenicke said.

The fifth pick in the 2004 draft, Rogers has been beset by injuries and had only pitched in four major league games before joining the Brewers in July. Last year, he underwent carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists and then was suspended 25 games for taking a banned supplement.

He struggled early this season at Triple-A Nashville, but improved and joined the Brewers' rotation in July.

"It's been a whirlwind, getting back from the surgery and everything else that was going on," Rogers said. "It was nice to get my feet wet early on in the season at Triple-A and get back into pitching shape and build from there."

He threw 134 1-3 innings combined at Triple-A Nashville and with the Brewers, up from 44 1-3 a year ago in the minor leagues. Previously, the most he had thrown in a season was 126 innings in 2010.

"I've been hurt," Rogers said. "I've gone down that road before so the last thing I want to do is get hurt," he said.

"I'm going to be brutally honest with them and right now I feel great," he said. "I want to be taking the ball every five days."

Ramirez had four RBIs and Nyjer Morgan had three hits, a stolen base and a walk for the Brewers.

Karstens (5-4) allowed four runs in the first inning and was forced to leave for the second consecutive start with a lower body injury. The right-hander allowed five of six batters to reach base before exiting with discomfort in his right hip flexor.

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