MILWAUKEE (TSN-WSAU) Lorenzo Cain's RBI single in the 11th inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second contest of a three-game set.
With Wilfredo Ledezma (0-1) on the mound, Ryan Braun singled to start the frame and moved to second when Prince Fielder reached base on a Neil Walker error. After Casey McGehee flied out, Cain punched a single to left to score Braun for the win.
"It was a play I have to make," said Walker about the error. "He hit it hard, but I still should have had it. I'll take the blame and I feel as bad as anyone in here. I tried to get Braun at second and I should have at least gotten Fielder at first, but I got neither."
Fielder clubbed two home runs while Braun added two hits and scored twice for the Brewers, who have taken the first two games of this set. Chris Capuano lasted just three innings in the start as he was touched for six runs on six hits with three walks.
"It was fun out there today," said Fielder. "We're just trying to play good baseball the rest of the season cause all of the pressure is gone. It's disappointing, but you have to live with it. We'll just finish up the season and see what happens."
Six Milwaukee relievers combined to pitch the remaining eight innings and gave up just one run on five hits with Kameron Loe (3-3) getting the win.
Chris Snyder hit a three-run home run while Jose Tabata and Walker each added a solo shot for the Pirates, who have lost eight of their last 11. Zach Duke went 5 1/3 innings and was charged with four runs on nine hits.
Milwaukee plated three in the seventh to tie the game. Braun singled to start the frame and, after Brian Burres took the mound, Fielder crushed a pitch deep over the wall in right-center to make it a one-run game.
Chan Ho Park then took the mound and gave up a single to McGehee before Cain reached base on a fielder's choice that saw McGehee forced out at second. Cain then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before Jonathan Lucroy hit a sharp grounder to third that Pedro Alvarez misplayed, allowing Cain to score and tie the game at 7-7.
The Pirates got on board in the first on Tabata's one-out, solo homer, his fourth of the year.
Milwaukee answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. With the bases loaded and one out, McGehee hit into a fielder's choice that saw Rickie Weeks score. Cain followed with an RBI single for a 2-1 lead.
Pittsburgh went back on top in the second, as a bases loaded walk by Alvarez forced home Andrew McCutchen before Tabata hit an RBI single for a 3-2 lead.
The Pirates made it a 6-2 game in the third on Snyder's three-run blast over the left field wall.
Milwaukee got one back in the bottom of the frame on a towering shot from Fielder.
Lucroy's solo homer in the sixth got Milwaukee to within two runs, but Walker countered with a solo shot of his own in the seventh.
The Brewers and Pirates play again Sunday at 12:35pm at Miller Park.