After trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Milwaukee Brewers managed to load the bases with nobody out before Khris Davis had the game winning hit giving the Brewers a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday.
Prior to the walk-off runs, both teams scored their runs via the long ball. The Brewers struck first when red hot Rickie Weeks connected on his first home run of the year to right in the third inning. Weeks finished with three hits and is now hitting .365 with an eight game hitting streak.
The Pirates took the lead in the fifth on a two-run home run, but only to see that lead go away when Martin Maldonado hit his second home run of the year in the next half inning.
With the game tied 2-2, the Pirates took the lead in the sixth off a solo home run from their backup catcher Tony Sanchez. It was the second home run given up by Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
Gallardo left the game on the hook for the loss after going 6 1/3 innings allowing three runs over five hits and striking out six. Zach Duke came on in relief of Gallardo in the seventh and got the first two batters he faced out. Tyler Thornburg then came on to pitch the eighth, but after getting the first two outs he allowed two runners to reach. Rob Wooten came in and got out of the inning before picking up the win following a scoreless ninth.
Offensively, the Brewers struggled against Pirates starter Wandy Rodriquez. Rodriquez gave up two home runs, but only gave up four hits over six solid innings. Besides Davis, Weeks and Moldonado the offense was silenced.
With the win, Milwaukee is now (26-15) and holds a five game lead in the NL Central. Up next is a long road trip starting with the Chicago Cubs Friday, Saturday and Sunday all day games. Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza and Marco Estrada are scheduled to pitch in that order.
- Carlos Gomez has been battling a sore lower back and has decided to drop his three game suspension appeal. Gomez was out of the lineup Wednesday and Thursday and after one more game Friday, Manager Ron Roenicke expects to see his everyday centerfielder back in the leadoff spot Saturday.