PITTSBURGH, PA (WHBL) - The Brewers scored four runs in the eighth inning Thursday to come from behind and beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh, 9-7, for a sweep of their three-game set. Rickie Weeks tied the score with a two-run triple. And Aramis Ramirez singled home the go-ahead run, which capped off the rally after the Brewers went into the eighth trailing by three. Logan Schafer drove in Milwaukee’s final run with a pinch-hit single in the ninth. And then John Axford nailed down the victory with three strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth to get his 13th straight save, and his 31st of the season. Manny Parra got the win by throwing a scoreless seventh. He’s now 2-3. Chris Resop took the loss in relief. Ramirez fell a triple short of the cycle, and his homer was his 337th career blast while playing at third. That ties Ramirez with Hall-of-Famer Ron Santo for sixth place in homers by third baseman. Norichika Aoki became the first National League rookie in 38 years to have four hitting streaks of at least 10 games in a single season. He hit a lead-off single yesterday to extend his current streak to 10. Andrew McCutcheon belted a three-run homer, and Clint Barmes had a solo shot as Pittsburgh lost its 15th game in its last 19. The Pirates dropped below .500 for the first time since May 29th, as they try to avoid a 20th straight losing season. The Brewers are five games above .500 with a five-game winning streak going into a weekend series at Cincinnati that begins tonight. Right-hander Shaun Marcum will start against Reds’ righty Edwin Jackson. The Brewers have moved into second place behind Saint Louis for the final Wild Card playoff spot in the National League. Two and a half games separate those two teams with a week and a half left in the regular season – and both were victorious yesterday.
Right-hander Shaun Marcum will start against Reds’ righty Edwin Jackson.