09/21 23:57 CDT Brewers use home run barrage to gain ground in NL Central
Brewers use home run barrage to gain ground in NL Central
By JOHN PERROTTO
PITTSBURGH (AP) --- Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz homered during a
six-run sixth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for an 8-3 victory over
the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night and gained ground in the NL Central race.
The Brewers drew within 1 games of the division-leading Chicago Cubs, who lost
10-4 to the crosstown White Sox. Milwaukee leads the NL wild-card standings by
three games over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Shaw's two-run home run, his 30th, followed Jesus Aguilar's RBI double and put
the Brewers ahead 4-3. After Ryan Braun walked, Moustakas and Kratz hit
back-to-back homers. Kratz drive cleared the 410-foot sign in left-center, the
deepest part of the park.
Pittsburgh had its five-game winning streak end. The Pirates fell 5 games
behind the Colorado Rockies for the second NL wild card.
Keon Broxton added a solo homer in the eighth for the Brewers.
Corbin Burnes (6-0) pitched a scoreless fifth. Edgar Santana (3-4) allowed
three runs in the sixth and failed to retire any of the three batters he faced.
The Pirates' Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer in the fourth --- his 12th of
the season but first since July 22, a span of 147 plate appearances --- and
Josh Bell's homer gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in the first and Braun tied it
with an RBI single in the fourth.
Neither starting pitcher returned after a two-hour, 14-minute rain delay in the
top of the fifth. Chacin allowed three runs in four innings while remaining
winless in six starts against Pittsburgh this season, and Ivan Nova gave up one
run in 4 1/3 innings.
Moustakas hit .208 with one home run in his previous 14 games. He hit .277 in
August after the Brewers acquired him from the Kansas City Royals.
Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain (strained right ribcage) missed his second straight
game and there is no timetable for his return. ... Braun returned after sitting
out three games with back discomfort.
Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (gastrointestinal illness) and RHP Edgar Santana
(right forearm/elbow discomfort) both left in the sixth. ... RF Gregory Polanco
(left shoulder surgery) will begin his rehab this weekend at the Pirates'
spring training facility in Bradenton, Florida.
YELICH'S BIGGEST FAN
Milwaukee OF Christian Yelich's MVP candidacy got a potential boost from
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield on Thursday night.
Mayfield was wearing a signed Yelich journey when he arrived at the stadium for
the Browns' 21-17 over the New York Jets that ended Cleveland's 19-game winless
streak. Mayfield and Yelich worked out together over the winter in the Los
After shining in his NFL debut in relief of injured Tyrod Taylor, Mayfield
ended his postgame press conference by saying, "Yelich for MVP."
"That was really cool," Yelich said.
Yelich did not wear a Mayfield jersey to the ballpark Friday.
"I have one hanging in my locker in Milwaukee," Yelich said. "I should have
packed it. Bad timing on my part."
THINKING OF BANISTER
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle was in contact with Jeff Banister, who was
fired as the Texas Rangers' manager Friday. Banister was Hurdle's bench coach
"Jeff Banister is a good man, a good father and a good husband and that's the
most important thing," Hurdle said.
CF Starling Marte was selected as the Roberto Clemente Award winner, given to
the Pirates' MVP by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association
of America. RHP Trevor Williams won the Steve Blass Award for top pitcher and
RHP Jameson Taillon won the Chuck Tanner Award for media cooperation.
Meanwhile, the Pirates honored third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes and right-hander JT
Brubaker as their top minor league player and pitcher before the game. Hayes
hit .293 in 117 games for Double-A Altoona with seven home runs, 47 RBIs and 12
stolen bases, while Brubaker was a combined 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 28 starts
with Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis.
Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (2-6, 4.66 ERA) pitches Saturday night. He is 0-1 with
a 3.00 ERA in three starts since being out from May 30-Sept. 2 with rotator
cuff inflammation in his right shoulder.
Pirates: Williams (13-9, 3.16) has allowed just eight runs over 65 2/3 innings
in his last 11 starts for a 1.51 ERA.
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