MILWAUKEE (TSN-WSAU) Gregg Zaun went 4-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored while Casey McGehee hit his second grand slam as Milwaukee continued its dominance of Pittsburgh this season with a 17-3 win to open a three-game set.
Last Thursday, the Brewers handed the Pirates a 20-0 loss and over the four games the two have played each other, Milwaukee has outscored Pittsburgh, 53-4. Milwaukee has won all four games. Also, Milwaukee has won 22 straight against Pittsburgh at home.
"We have to find a way to beat the Cubs and Cardinals," said Zaun. "Those are the teams that everybody says are going to finish us. But we've really played well against Pittsburgh this year and if we want to be playing in October we need to do that against everyone else."
Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder each scored three times while Alcides Escobar added a two-run home run for the Brewers, who were coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs.
"We just got out of a weekend where we were on the other end of that," said Milwaukee manager Ken Macha. "It's just how teams matchup with each other. We respect every team we play."
Yovani Gallardo (2-2) went six innings in the start and was charged with two unearned runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate with three RBI.
Zach Duke (2-2) was tagged for eight runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts over four innings of work. Andrew McCutchen had a two-run double in the loss for the Pirates, who have dropped seven straight and have been outscored 72-12 in that time.
"It's not just Milwaukee, everyone is kicking us right now," said Pittsburgh manager John Russell. "It's a young team we have here and they need to decide when they want to turn it around."
Milwaukee got things started in the second as McGehee and Zaun worked walks and Gallardo doubled to left-center to plate both runners for a 2-0 lead.
In the third, the Brewers made it a 7-0 game. With the bases loaded and two outs, Zaun brought home all three runners with a double to left. After Escobar singled, Gallardo and Rickie Weeks followed with back-to-back RBI singles.
The Pirates got on the board in the fourth as McCutchen punched a double to left that plated Akinori Iwamura and Duke, but the Brewers got one back in the bottom of the inning when Corey Hart's sacrifice fly to left scored Braun for an 8-2 lead.
The Brewers brought home nine more runs in the eighth. A two-run double from Zaun was followed by a two-run homer from Escobar. With the bases loaded, Fielder hit an RBI single and McGehee added with a grand slam to left for a 17-2 advantage.
Garrett Jones' RBI groundout in the ninth accounted for the final score.
The Brewers and Pirates continue their series at 6:35pm Tuesday night.