PITTSBURGH (TSN-WSAU) Ryan Doumit knocked in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the slumping Brewers, 6-4, in the opener of a brief two-game series at PNC Park.
Steve Pearce went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI for the Pirates, who have won four of their last six games. Garrett Jones and Andy LaRoche each had two hits and one run batted in.
Pittsburgh starter Brian Burres earned a no-decision after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings. Javier Lopez (1-0) recorded the final out in the seventh and the first of the eighth to pick up the win.
"That's a tough lineup to battle through and Burres did an awesome job," Jones said.
Casey McGehee hit a solo home run and added an RBI single for Milwaukee, which has lost nine in a row, its longest losing streak since a 10-game slide from August 25-September 3, 2006.
"We know we're better than the way we've been (playing) and we have to approach everyday thinking its the day we're going to turn it around," said Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun.
Randy Wolf (3-4) gave up six runs on 10 hits and five walks over 6 1/3 innings.
With the Brewers down 3-2, McGehee homered off Burres to begin the sixth, sending the first pitch of the inning over the center-field wall.
The Pirates squandered an opportunity to regain the lead in the home half, leaving the bases loaded after pinch-hitter Jeff Clement popped out meekly to first to end the inning.
Milwaukee moved ahead in the seventh behind shrewd baserunning and clutch two- out hitting. Alcides Escobar singled off new Pirates pitcher, D.J. Carrasco, to start the inning. After Braun was retired on a pop-up, Carrasco struck out Prince Fielder. However, the ball got away from the catcher Doumit and the speedy Escobar wound up on third. McGehee's broken-bat single to left field gave the Brewers their first lead of the game at 4-3.
Lopez took over on the mound after Carrasco walked the next two batters and fanned Jody Gerut to finish off the seventh and keep the deficit at one.
The strikeout proved to be significant as the Pirates reclaimed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Lastings Milledge led off with a single and Andrew McCutchen drew a one-out walk before three consecutive run-singles by Jones, Doumit and Pearce -- the last coming against Milwaukee reliever Todd Coffey -- made it a 6-4 game.
Lopez and Joel Hanrahan combined to strikeout the side in the eighth, and Octavio Dotel shut the door in the ninth to record his ninth save of the season.
Pittsburgh manufactured a pair of runs in the second inning. Doumit led off with a walk and Pearce doubled to left field before LaRoche drove in the game's first run with a groundout. Ronny Cedeno followed with a sacrifice fly to deep right field.
The Brewers pulled even in the fourth. Braun stroked an RBI double off the wall in left and scored on a base hit by Fielder.
A single up the middle by Burres plated LaRoche with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning.
The Brewers and Pirates play again at 5:30pm Thursday.