MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers avoided going winless in a six-game home-stand, by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 Wednesday night at Miller Park. Khris Davis belted a two-run homer, as the Crew churned out 13 hits to Pittsburgh's 12. Norichika Aoki had three of Milwaukee's hits - all singles. The Brewers broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning by batting around and scoring five times to pull away. Jonathan Lucroy had the game-winning hit with an R-B-I ground-rule double. In the fifth, Andrew McCutcheon had just homered for the Pirates when Brewers' starter Wily Peralta hit Justin Morneau in the shoulder with a pitch. Morneau, who's had a history of concussions, took issue and both benches emptied. No punches were thrown, and nobody got tossed out. Peralta avoided becoming the second pitcher to lose a Major League-high 15 games for the year. The win puts him at 9-14. Peralta gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings, with six strikeouts and a walk. Francisco Liriano took the loss for Pittsburgh, giving up seven runs in three frames as he fell to 15-7. The Pirates blew a chance to sweep three games in Milwaukee for the first time since 2004. They still lead the National League Central by a game over Saint Louis. The Brewers remain a game out of last, as the fifth-place Cubs also won last night. Milwaukee will open a weekend series at Wrigley Field Friday afternoon.
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