MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers held onto first place in the National League Central after getting by Pittsburgh 4-3 Sunday at Miller Park. Had the Crew lost, and had Saint Louis not lost to Philadelphia, the Cardinals would have moved into first, and the Brewers would have lost a division lead they've held every day since April 5th. Mike Fiers had another solid start for Milwaukee, giving up just two hits in seven innings as he improved to 4-1. Fiers' only real blemish was a two-run homer to Starling Marte in the second. Jeremy Jeffress threw a scoreless eighth and lowered his E-R-A to .66. Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 39th save despite giving up a solo homer to Andrew McCutchen, which capped a ten-pitch at-bat. Vance Worley took the loss, giving up four runs on 12 hits in six-and-a-third innings with five strikeouts. The Brewers scored all their runs in the first two innings on by Scooter Gennett, Mark Reynolds, Jonathan Lucroy, and Aramis Ramirez. The Brewers dropped 2 of 3 to the Pirates over the weekend, and are a game-and-a-half up on Saint Louis in the Central division with Pittsburgh at five games back. Milwaukee opens a series late Monday night at San Diego. Right-hander Kyle Lohse returns from an ankle injury to face Padres' left-hander Eric Stults. Pregame coverage on WHBL starts at 8:35.
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