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Pirates 4, Brewers 3

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen imploded in the final two innings Tuesday night as the Crew handed Pittsburgh a 4-3 victory at Miller Park.  The Brewers also helped the Pirates secure their first non-losing season since 1992. Twelve of Pittsburgh’s 81 victories came against Milwaukee. Marlon Byrd broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning with a run-scoring double off Brewers’ reliever Brandon Kintzler. The Brewers came back in the eighth with an R-B-I single from Jean Segura. Then in the ninth, closer Jim Henderson hung a slider to pinch-hitter Travis Snyder, who belted it over the right-center field wall to give the Pirates their victory. Henderson’s loss dropped him to 3-5.  Jonathan Lucroy provided Milwaukee’s only other offense with a two-run single. Snyder’s blast was the only Pittsburgh hit that didn’t come from the 3-4-and-5 combo of Andrew McCutcheon, Justin Morneau, and Byrd. They went 7 for 10, while the rest of the Pirates batted 1 for 24.  McCutcheon belted his 100th career homer, and became only the sixth player in Pirates’ history to hit 100 homers and steal 100 bases with the team. Vin Mazzaro got the win in relief for Pittsburgh. He’s 7-2.  Mark Melancon earned his 11th save, as the Pirates have now won four straight on Wisconsin soil for the first time since 2002. The Brewers have lost five straight overall, and six of their last seven. They’ll play the Pirates again tonight.  Right-hander Wily Peralta faces Pittsburgh southpaw Francisco Liriano.  Pregame on WHBL begins at 6:35.

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