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Brewers belt last-place Pirates, 6-1

Milwaukee’s Hunter Renfroe hits a single during the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday in Milwaukee. The Brewers scored four runs in the inning for a 6-1 win, taking two out of three games from the Pirates. (AP photo)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Keston Hiura and Luis Urias each hit an RBI single during Milwaukee’s four-run seventh inning, and the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Wednesday.

Willy Adames had a run-scoring double as Milwaukee won for the fourth time in five games. Freddy Peralta pitched five effective innings, and Taylor Rogers (3-6) got four outs for the win.

“Our bullpen did a really nice job and we just had patient at-bats,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “That’s certainly welcome.”

Ben Gamel homered for last-place Pittsburgh, which had won two of three. Kevin Newman had two of the Pirates’ five hits.

Pittsburgh jumped in front on Gamel’s two-out drive to right-center in the fourth. It was his seventh homer of the season.

But Adames doubled home Tyrone Taylor in the fifth, and Milwaukee went ahead to stay on Omar Narváez’s run-scoring groundout against Miguel Yajure (1-1) in the sixth.

Hunter Renfroe sparked Milwaukee’s big seventh with a one-out single. Renfroe advanced on Kolten Wong’s walk and scored on Hiura’s single. Urias followed with an another run-scoring single for a 4-1 lead.

Pirates manager Derek Shelton then replaced Yajure with Yohan Ramirez. But the Brewers extended their rally with a little patience. Consecutive walks for Narváez, rookie pinch-hitter Garrett Mitchell and Christian Yelich brought home two more runs.

Peralta allowed two hits, struck out three and walked none. Rogers, Brad Boxberger and Adrian Houser then combined for four innings of three-hit ball.

Pirates starter Zach Thompson struck out five in four scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and walked one.

CAUTIOUS APPROACH WITH PERALTA

After needing only 82 pitches to get through six no-hit innings his last time out, Peralta’s day came to an end after 72 pitches Wednesday. Counsell said the early exits have nothing to do with lingering issues from the shoulder injury that cost Peralta mor than two months of action. Instead, they’re aimed at keeping the young right-hander strong and crisp during the final month of the regular season and, what the team hopes is a deep playoff run.

“The higher we go with pitch counts affects recovery,” Counsell said.

SWEEP-WRECKER

Oneil Cruz went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and scored the go-ahead run as the Pirates beat the Brewers 4-2 on Tuesday night. Cruz hit an RBI single in the third inning and a run-scoring double in the eighth. He also broke a 2-all tie in the eighth when he scored from third as Rodolfo Castro drew a bases-loaded walk from Boxberger.

ON DECK

Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.31 ERA) gets the start tonight when Milwaukee kicks off a seven-game road trip with the first of four against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

MARINERS 5, TIGERS 3

DETROIT (AP) — Abraham Toro hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Seattle got its fifth win in six games.

Toro, recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, had two hits. Eugenio Suarez also hit a two-run homer for the Mariners.

Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (10-12) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. Paul Sewald worked around two walks in the ninth to get his 17th save.

Jeimer Candelario drove in two runs for Detroit. Starting pitcher Tyler Alexander allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings, while Alex Lange (4-4) took the loss.

PADRES 5, GIANTS 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joe Musgrove had a season-high 11 strikeouts, Manny Machado drove in three runs and San Diego completed a three-game sweep.

Luis Campusano and Jake Cronenworth added RBIs for San Diego, which has won five of its last six games and five straight against San Francisco.

METS 2, DODGERS 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Nimmo saved Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets with a breathtaking catch at the center-field fence, and Edwin Diaz entered to Timmy Trumpet’s live horns at Citi Field before closing out the Los Angeles Dodgers for a scintillating victory.

Starling Marte hit a two-run homer off All-Star lefty Tyler Anderson (13-3) as the Mets evened the three-game showdown between the top two teams in the National League.

CARDINALS 5, REDS 3, 13 INNINGS

CINCINNATI (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the 13th inning, Lars Nootbaar added a two-run homer and St. Louis twice used five-man infields to stop Cincinnati.

Pujols delivered against Chase Anderson (0-2), driving in automatic runner Paul Goldschmidt with one out to give the Cardinals a 5-2 lead. Nootbaar went deep two batters later.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals first used an extra infielder in the 11th with Colin Moran on third and nobody out. Moran held up on Jose Barrero’s groundout and Jake Fraley grounded to shortstop Tommy Edman, who threw Moran out at the plate.

The Cardinals went to five infielders again with one out in the 12th and Edman threw out Austin Romine trying to score on Alejo Lopezís grounder. Andre Pallante (6-4) worked the final three innings, allowing Fraleyís RBI single in the 13th.

The Reds grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third on back-to-back RBI singles by Jonathan India and Nick Senzel. Nolan Arenado tied it for St. Louis with a two-run homer in the fourth.

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