PITTSBURGH, PA (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers have dropped to last place in the National League Central, after losing their second straight game at Pittsburgh 3-1 Wednesday night. Neil Walker had the game-winning hit, a two-run single in the sixth inning that broke a scoreless tie. The Pirates only had four hits on the night. Rickie Weeks hit a solo homer for the Brewers’ only offense. Norichika Aoki had two of the Crew’s six hits, as they went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Yovani Gallardo took the loss, falling to 3-3. He gave up two runs in six innings, on three hits and four walks and struck out five. Wandy Rodriguez got the win, giving up a run on six hits in seven innings with a walk and five K’s. Jason Grilli threw a perfect ninth for his 16th save. The Pirates’ victory was the fifth in their last six. Milwaukee is now just 2-11 in May, and 1-5 on its 10-game road trip against Central Division opponents. The Brewers now hold the cellar spot by percentage points over the fourth-place Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee will go for a split of its four-game series at Pittsburgh tonight. Right-hander Hiram Burgos will start against Pirates’ left-hander Francisco Liriano. Pregame coverage on WHBL starts at 5:30.
Meanwhile, Francisco Rodriguez is returning to the Brewers. He’ll be called up today from Triple-“A” Nashville, where he completed a one-month tryout period. “K”-Rod struck out the side in his final audition on Tuesday night. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke said he’s not sure if Rodriguez is up to his performance level from last year, but he’s still throwing his fastball at 90-to-91 miles an hour – and his change-up has also been good. Roenicke has coached Rodriguez with both the Brewers and the Angels of Anaheim – and the skipper admits there’s a comfort level. Rodriguez went 2-and-7 in 78 appearances with Milwaukee last season. He signed a minor league contract a month ago, after he failed to hook up with another team in the off-season as a free agent. “K”-Rod will get just over two-million-dollars for the rest of this year. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Brewers are sending catcher-and-first baseman Blake Lalli down to Triple-“A” Nashville. Taylor Green is being moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list so Rodriguez can have a spot on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster.