MILWAUKEE -

Sean Rodriguez hit a home run and a two-run single, Andrew McCutchen went deep, rookie Chad Kuhl pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday night.

The Pirates won their sixth straight at Miller Park, and sixth of seven overall to improve to 76-75. Pittsburgh began the day 4 1/2 games behind San Francisco for the second NL wild card spot.

The Pirates also have to hurdle the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, too.

McCutchen helped the Pirates jump out to an early lead for the second consecutive game.

He crushed a 2-2 pitch that just slipped by the left-field foul pole for his 24th home run. Tuesday, he hit a two-run double in the first.

Rodriguez's two-run single finished the scoring in the first off starter Jimmy Nelson (8-15) and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Rodriguez hit his 18th home run of the season in the fourth. He has homered in in four of his last five games.