Pirates blast Brewers night after Milwaukee wins in 15 innings
By RICH ROVITO
MILWAUKEE — Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer and Jameson Taillon pitched six strong innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 on Saturday night.
Frazier’s drive with one out in the eighth off reliever Taylor Williams give the Pirates a five-run cushion after Gregory Polanco broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single.
Taillon (10-9) gave up one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.
The teams have split the first two games of the series. Milwaukee took the opener in 15 innings Friday night in a game that lasted 5 hours, 36 minutes.
The Pirates added three runs in the ninth on a wild pitch, a run-scoring single by Sean Rodriguez and Colin Moran’s RBI double. Moran had four hits in five at-bats.
Christian Yelich homered in the third to put the Brewers in front 1-0. Yelich, who also homered Friday night, has an 11-game hitting streak.
Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin (13-5), who didn’t allow a run in his previous two starts, held the Pirates scoreless until the fourth when Josh Harrison doubled to drive in Francisco Cervelli, who led off the inning with a double of his own.
Brewers 7, Pirates 6
On Friday, Milwaukee gave up two runs in the top of the 15th, but the pitcher responsible for that, Jordan Lyles, redeemed himself at the plate in the bottom of the inning.
Left in the game to bat, Lyles drew a two-out walk off Pirates reliever Clay Holmes to load the bases and set the stage for the dramatic rally.
Erik Kratz tied the game with a two-run single off Clay Holmes (1-3). Orlando Arcia followed with a walk-off single and was mobbed on the field by his teammates as he put an end to the 5 1/2-hour marathon.