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García, Yelich help Brewers sweep Pirates with 5-2 win

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MILWAUKEE (AP)Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer, Christian Yelich added a pinch-hit sacrifice fly on his bobblehead day and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 5-2 win on Sunday.

Despite getting outhit 10-5, Milwaukee won for the 14th time in 16 games, including seven in a row at home.

”We had opportunities today and left people on base,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said after his team left 10 on base and went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. ”We left too many guys on base.”

The Pirates have lost seven straight. They were swept in back-to-back series after losing three at home against the Dodgers before heading to Milwaukee.

Brent Suter (8-3) picked up the win, getting the final out in the sixth. Brad Boxberger handled the seventh, Devin Williams the eighth and Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his 17th save in as many chances.

Wil Crowe gave the Pirates beleaguered rotation a big lift with five impressive innings, but the bullpen couldn’t match his effort.

”We get to play a kid’s game for a living,” Crowe said. ”I got to use that as my mentality.”

Crowe allowed a leadoff single to Luis Urias and an RBI double by Daniel Vogelbach in the first, then retired the next 15 batters, striking out a career-high eight, before walking Tim Lopes to start the sixth.

”Crowe, he was sensational and gave them a great opportunity,” Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy said. ”(He) stifled us for a while.”

Murphy filled in for manager Craig Counsell who was at his son’s high school graduation

Pittsburgh turned to David Bednar (0-1) to protect the 2-1 led and Urias hit a run-scoring triple to tie it at 2. Garcia then drove the first pitch just over the right-field wall for his 13th home run of the season.

Crowe was recalled Saturday from Triple-A Indianapolis when the Pirates placed Trevor Cahill (left calf strain) on the 10-day injured list.

”While their starter deserves a lot of credit, we put together some team offense when it counted,” Murphy said.

Jacob Stallings chased Milwaukee starter Adrian Houser with his fifth homer, a two-out shot that landed in the Brewers bullpen in left.


Pirates: Phillip Evans replaced 1B Colin Moran before the Brewers batted in the second. Moran has low back tightness and is day-to-day.

Brewers: Yelich almost had a scheduled game off. The Brewers remain cautious after his two stints on the 10-day injured list (lower back strain) already this season.


Adam Frazier came in batting .333 on the road trip and added two more base hits against the Brewers to improve to .385 (5 for 13). He’s hit safely in eight of his last nine games at American Family Field and 25 of the last 27 games overall.


”I think it’s a great gesture on his part to be with his family first,” Murphy said of Counsell’s decision. ”That’s what the organization stands for.”


Pirates: RHP JT Brubaker (4-5, 3.90 ERA) faces LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 4.19 ERA) in the opener of a three-game road series against the Washington Nationals.

Brewers: LHP Eric Lauer (1-2, 4.82 ERA) squares off against RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (2-1, 2.65 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds in the first of three games.

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