PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have done plenty of
losing in Pittsburgh over the years. Now, they've found a way to
beat the Pirates -- by making sure reliever Damaso Marte gets into
David Bell's bases-loaded single, his fourth hit of the game,
drove in two runs in a three-run 13th inning against Marte and the
Brewers rallied to beat the Pirates 5-2 Wednesday.
Six relievers combined to pitch seven shutout innings as the
Brewers won the final two games of the three-game series after
losing seven in a row in Pittsburgh over the last two seasons. The
Brewers were 15-35 in PNC Park until winning twice in a 22-hour
span, beating Marte each time.
"We've had problems here in the past, so it's nice to come in
here and take two of three," Brewers starter Chris Capuano said.
Geremi Gonzalez (4-2) pitched a scoreless 12th for the victory
and Francisco Cordero finished up for his eighth save in eight
opportunities since being traded by the Rangers to the Brewers on
Aug. 9. Cordero has yet to allow a run in 10 innings with
Milwaukee, and has pitched in all but one of the Brewers' wins
since they acquired him.
"That's what we needed there," catcher Mike Rivera said of the
bullpen. "The key is pitching, and they did a great job."
Marte's wildness quickly got him into trouble in the 12th. After
walking leadoff hitter Tony Graffanino, Marte (0-7) threw two wild
pitches ahead of intentional walks to Bill Hall and Damian Miller.
Bell's single made it 4-2 and Rivera added a second RBI single.
"The walk is going to get you there," Pirates manager Jim
Tracy said. "That deep into the bullpen, that deep into the game,
you've got to get us into the dugout with an opportunity to win the
Capuano is winless in seven starts since being chosen for the NL
All-Star team, but made a second consecutive strong start by giving
up two runs -- one earned -- in six innings. He was coming off a 2-1
Brewers loss Friday to Atlanta in which he didn't figure in the
Capuano was giving up an average of nearly one home run every
three innings since the break -- 11 homers in 36 1/3 innings -- but
kept the ball in the park for the first time in those seven starts.
He and the relievers also kept Jose Castillo hitless in five
at-bats, striking him out three times.
Castillo began the game with a .650 average (13-for-20), five
homers and 16 RBI in six home games against the Brewers this
"We went back to the drawing board and tried some different
things against Castillo, who's hurt us quite a bit, and today it
worked," Capuano said.
The Pirates scored on Jose Hernandez's force-play grounder in
the third, after third baseman Bell lost Chris Duffy's grounder in
the sun and misplayed it for a two-base error, and Xavier Nady's
RBI single in the sixth.
"He just lost it, never saw it and it came right down and hit
him on top of the head," manager Ned Yost said of Bell's error.
Pirates starter Zach Duke also was effective while allowing two
runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He left with a 2-1 lead in the
seventh, but Matt Capps gave up Brady Clark's two-out RBI single to
tie it. Clark had been hitless in 14 at-bats.
The Brewers also scored on Corey Hart's double and Rivera's RBI
single in the fifth. The Pirates squandered two opportunities to
win it by stranding five runners in the eighth and ninth against
"It's why you have to play the whole game," Bell said.
"They're not easy sometimes. You keep playing and keep going."
Duffy, the center fielder, prevented a run in the 12th, racing
to his left and stretching out to make a diving catch on the
warning track of Jeff Cirillo's two-out drive into the right-center
"That's as fine a play as a center fielder can make," Tracy
said. "I didn't think he had a chance."
Pirates LF Jason Bay didn't start a third consecutive game
because of a strained hamstring, but hit a long fly ball as a
pinch-hitter in the ninth. ... Tracy had both No. 3 hitter Freddy
Sanchez, the NL's leading hitter, and cleanup hitter Randa put down
sacrifice bunts. ... Tracy said before the game that SS Jack Wilson
couldn't swing the bat because of a bone bruise in his right hand,
but Wilson grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the 11th. ... Marte
also took the loss in Milwaukee's 6-3 victory Tuesday night after
giving up hits to the only two batters he faced.