MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Kyle Lohse came within one out of a complete game on Sunday as the Milwaukee Brewers topped Pittsburgh 4-1 at Miller Park. Lohse retired 14 straight Pirates at one point. The veteran left-hander struck out five consecutive batters in the seventh-and-eighth innings, on his way to a nine-strikeout performance. Lohse allowed four singles with no walks. He gave up the only Pittsburgh run of the game - a sacrifice fly from Andrew McCutcheon. The Brewers' scored the game-winner in the fourth on a single by Aramis Ramirez. It brought home Ryan Braun, who doubled. Carlos Gomez also had an R-B-I with a sacrifice fly. Milwaukee scored its final two runs on a dropped third strike and a wild throw to first by Pirates' catcher Tony Sanchez. Lohse improved to 2-1. Will Smith earned his first career save, as he struck out the only batter he faced. Charlie Morton took the loss, giving up four runs - two earned - in seven innings. He's now 0-1, as Pittsburgh has dropped four of its last five. Milwaukee is now 10-2, has won nine in a row. The Brewers open up a three game series against St. Louis Monday night. Right-hander Matt Garza will start for the Crew against Cardinals' right-hander Lance Lynn.
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