Pirates get back on track vs. Brewers
PITTSBURGH — Tyler Anderson pitched seven sparkling innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended Milwaukee’s 11-game winning streak Sunday with a 2-0 victory over the Brewers.
Kevin Newman homered and Wilmer Difo had an RBI double as the Pirates stopped a six-game slide.
Milwaukee managed just three hits off Anderson (4-8), who broke a personal five-game skid. The left-hander struck out six and walked two while throwing 93 pitches.
Milwaukee’s winning streak was the second-longest in franchise history. The Brewers won their first 13 games in 1987.
Anderson had gone eight starts without a win since May 9 when he beat the Cubs in Chicago.
David Bednar and Richard Rodriguez finished the four-hitter with one inning apiece. Rodriguez earned his 11th save in 13 opportunities by completing the Pirates’ third shutout of the season.
Willy Adames led off the ninth with a double against Rodriguez but was stranded at second base. The Brewers were blanked for the sixth time overall but first since May 18.
Newman opened the scoring in the first inning with a home run down the left-field line with one out. It was his third of the season.
Freddie Peralta (7-3) had control issues with five walks in six innings. However, he allowed just two runs and three hits while striking out seven.
The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the second, but Peralta bunted into an inning-ending 1-2-4 double play.
The Pirates made it 2-0 in the sixth when Difo sliced an RBI double inside third base. It was one of just four Pittsburgh hits.
The Brewers lost for just the second time in their last 21 day games.
Pittsburgh added a relief pitcher by recalling right-hander Nick Mears from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioning righty Cody Ponce to the same club. Ponce started Saturday and was tagged for five runs in 1 2/3 innings of an 11-2 loss to the Brewers.
First baseman John Nogowski is expected to join the team Monday. He was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for cash.
INF/OF Hernan Perez was granted his release at Triple-A Nashville by the Brewers to sign with the Kanwha Eagles in the Korea Baseball Organization. The 10-year veteran made his major league debut in 2012 and has played for four teams, including five seasons with Milwaukee.
Pirates: Rookie RHP Luis Oviedo (left quad strain) was set to begin a rehab assignment with Indianapolis on Sunday night.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (7-3, 1.87 ERA) starts Monday night against Mets rookie RHP Tylor Megill (0-0, 4.82) in the opener of a three-game series at New York. Woodruff has won both career starts against the Mets.
Pirates: Open a three-game home series against Atlanta on Monday night with RHP Chase DeJong (0-3, 5.65 ERA) facing LHP Max Fried (5-4, 4.16). DeJong has lost his last three starts after getting no-decisions in his first three.
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