PITTSBURGH, PA (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers only got six singles Thursday night in losing at Pittsburgh 7-1. Travis Snider broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with a two-run homer, and the Pirates went on to win their third straight over Milwaukee – the first time that’s happened in the same series since August of 2009. Snider had three hits and three R-B-I’s on the night. The Brewers batted only .200 with runners in scoring position during the four-game series. They’ve now lost 12 of their last 14 – and they held a team meeting after last night’s defeat in which they vowed to stay unified amidst their current struggles. Manager Ron Roenicke says it’s hard for a team to get motivated when it’s not scoring. The Brewers only scored once in six of their 12 losses this month. Jonathan Lucroy singled home Milwaukee’s only run last night. Hiram Burgos took the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits in five innings. He’s now 1-2. Francisco Liriano is now 2-0 in two starts after coming off the disabled list with a fracture in his non-pitching arm. Liriano struck out seven in five-and-two-thirds frames, giving up one run on six hits with three walks. The Brewers remain in last place in the National League Central, a half-game behind the fourth-place Cubs. And things won’t get any easier this weekend, when the Crew takes on the first-place Cardinals in Saint Louis. Right-hander Wily Peralta will start for Milwaukee tonight against Cards’ left-hander Jaime Garcia. Pregame coverage on WHBL begins at 6:40.
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