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Pirates hit 3 homers in 9-5 win over Brewers

Aug 18, 2009 - 3:27 AM PITTSBURGH(AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates finally found their offense and were rewarded with a rare win.

Andy LaRoche, Garrett Jones and Ronny Cedeno homered and the Pirates won for only the second time in their past 14 games, 9-5 over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

The Pirates scored a total of four runs during a four-game losing streak and did not homer in their just-completed five-game trip. But eight of nine starters had hits Monday, seven scored and seven had at least one RBI.

"It takes a lot of pressure off everybody," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "The guys realize we haven't scored runs ... and when they've gotten a chance with guys on base, they want to be the guy who comes through. Nobody's really been relaxing, so getting some hits today seemed to relax everybody."

Mike Cameron and Price Fielder homered for the Brewers, who failed to get back to .500 and fell seven games behind Colorado in the NL wild card.

Kevin Hart (4-2) earned his first win as a Pirate in three starts since being acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on July 30. He allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings, striking out four.

"I think it helps when you go out there and get a five-run lead to take a deep breath," Hart said.

"We'll take the win right now, take it as something for us to build on."

The Pirates entered the game having lost 17 of their previous 20 and on an eight-game home losing streak. They fell behind 1-0 when Felipe Lopez tripled to lead off the game - extending his hitting streak to 12 games - and Craig Counsell followed with an RBI single.

Pittsburgh homered in the next two innings. LaRoche hit his sixth, a solo shot with one out off Carlos Villanueva (2-10).

Jones' homer - on the first pitch he saw in the third after Young had singled - was his 13th but only second with a runner on, and first in eight games. Jones was promoted to the majors on June 30 but leads all rookies in home runs.

"It was definitely good to be able to swing the bats the way we did," Jones said. "We drove the ball real well in the gaps with men on base. Running around the bases like that was a lot of fun."

The Pirates sent 10 men to the plate in that inning, adding three runs on RBI singles by Lastings Milledge and Hart and a double by Andrew McCutchen.

"It was a tough inning," Villanueva said. "They hit a couple balls good, but at the same time there were a couple hits here and there that dropped in that weren't hit that hard. I just couldn't keep a crooked number off the board there. If I limited the damage that inning, we have a chance to win the game."

Cedeno's third homer gave Pittsburgh a 9-5 lead in the seventh after Milwaukee had come back within two runs.

The Brewers trailed 6-1 heading into the fourth but Fielder lined the second pitch of the inning into the elevated seats in right field, his 31st homer.

With two outs and Ryan Braun on second in the sixth, Cameron hit his 17th homer - only his second since July 29.

Delwyn Young's RBI single in the bottom of the inning pushed the Pirates' lead back to three runs before Fielder added an RBI single in the seventh.

"It's always good - regardless of what kind of road trip we had - just to able to go out there and put up a five-spot in an inning, you get a little more comfortable when the game's not so close," McCutchen said. "The way things have been going, we haven't been able to hold onto one-run leads, so it's good to be able to get a few runs and go from there."

In four innings, Villanueva allowed six runs and 11 hits. He fell to 0-3 since being inserted into the rotation on July 28 and has lost his last seven decisions.

The Brewers have scored at lest five runs in each of their past seven games (7.2 per contest) but have won only three of them.

"You've got to compliment the position players," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "They've been doing well, they've been fighting back and they're scrapping regardless of what the score is. They'll continue to battle. Hopefully we'll get them some good starts here."

NOTES: The Pirates set their rotation after being rained out Sunday. RHP Ross Ohlendorf will pitch Tuesday against the Brewers, followed by LHP Paul Maholm on Wednesday. ... Cameron and Fielder have nine-game hitting streaks. ... Pittsburgh's only other victory since Aug. 1 - a 7-3 win over Colorado on Aug. 11 - had been the only time since then the team had scored at least seven runs.








  • ** CONFIRMED **
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    MILWAUKEE 5
    PITTSBURGH 9 FINAL

    Aug 17 10:17 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RONNY CEDENO (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 7TH OFF JESUS COLOME SCORED LASTINGS MILLEDGE.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5, PITTSBURGH 9
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J CHAVEZ (-, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Brewers 5, Pirates 9  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 17 9:41 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PRINCE FIELDER SCORED FELIPE LOPEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P FIELDER ON FIRST, R BRAUN ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 5
    PITTSBURGH 7 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: M CAMERON (.254, 1-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Brewers 5, Pirates 7  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 17 9:29 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DELWYN YOUNG SCORED RAMON VAZQUEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 4
    PITTSBURGH 7 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: G JONES (.295, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Brewers 4, Pirates 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 17 9:09 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE CAMERON (17) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF KEVIN HART SCORED RYAN BRAUN.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 4, PITTSBURGH 6
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: F CATALANOTTO (.298, 1-FOR-2)

    Brewers 4, Pirates 6  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 17 8:54 PM
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    Brewers 2, Pirates 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 17 8:34 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY PRINCE FIELDER (31) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF KEVIN HART.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 2, PITTSBURGH 6
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: M CAMERON (.253, 0-FOR-1)

    Brewers 2, Pirates 6  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 17 8:17 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ANDREW MCCUTCHEN SCORED RONNY CEDENO
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, A MCCUTCHEN ON SECOND, K HART ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    PITTSBURGH 6 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: D YOUNG (.308, 2-FOR-2)

    Brewers 1, Pirates 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 17 8:15 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KEVIN HART SCORED LASTINGS MILLEDGE
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, K HART ON FIRST, R CEDENO ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    PITTSBURGH 5 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: A MCCUTCHEN (.283, 0-FOR-2)

    Brewers 1, Pirates 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 17 8:15 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY LASTINGS MILLEDGE SCORED STEVE PEARCE
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, L MILLEDGE ON FIRST, A LAROCHE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    PITTSBURGH 4 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: R CEDENO (.286, 1-FOR-1)

    Brewers 1, Pirates 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 17 8:08 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY GARRETT JONES (13) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF CARLOS VILLANUEVA SCORED DELWYN YOUNG.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1, PITTSBURGH 3
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: R DOUMIT (.227, 0-FOR-1)

    Brewers 1, Pirates 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 17 8:03 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ANDY LAROCHE (6) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF CARLOS VILLANUEVA.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1, PITTSBURGH 1
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: L MILLEDGE (.212, 0 HR, 7 RBI)

    Brewers 1, Pirates 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 17 7:38 PM


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    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIL - CARLOS VILLANUEVA
    PIT - KEVIN HART

    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: A MCCUTCHEN (.285, 7 HR, 34 RBI)
    D YOUNG (.302, 5 HR, 32 RBI)
    G JONES (.292, 12 HR, 20 RBI)

    Brewers 1, Pirates 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 17 7:14 PM