PITTSBURGH, PA (WHBL) - Mark Rogers won his second straight start Sunday,as the Milwaukee Brewers crushed the Pirates in Pittsburgh 7-0. Rogers pitched five scoreless innings in only his eighth Major League start, giving up just three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. But the Brewers’ top draft choice from 2004 lumbered through 101 pitches – and he said he was hampered by a lack of command and consistency. Still, Rogers improved to 2-1 after a half-dozen starts in replacing the departed Zack Greinke. Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer and Aramis Ramirez had a two-run blast, as the Brewers posted their sixth shutout of the year. Ramirez went 6 for 12 in the three-game Pirate series, and he now has 62 extra-base hits – which leads the National League. Jonathan Lucroy had three singles, as Milwaukee took two out of three from the Pirates and has won five of its last six overall. Josh Harrison had two of Pittsburgh’s five hits, and Garrett Jones had the Pirates’ only extra-base hit with a double. Erik Bedard lasted just four and two-thirds innings. He fell to 7-14, and he leads the Majors in losses. Pittsburgh has lost 12 of its last 17, but they’re still just two games back in the Wild Card race. The Brewers open a four-game series in Chicago tonight against the Cubs. Right-hander Marco Estrada faces Cubs’ right-hander Justin Germano. Coverage on WHBL begins at 6:30.
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