Brewers edge Pirates 1-0 to tighten wild-card race

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Brewers edge Pirates 1-0 to tighten wild-card race

Elian Herrera sprinted home on Logan Schafer’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Saturday night to tighten the race for the second National League wild-card spot.

The Brewers pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Pirates after winning for just the second time in their last 13 road games.

Zach Duke (5-1) picked up the victory after getting the final out of the eighth inning. Francisco Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth for his 43rd save of the season and 347th of his career, moving him into a tie with Randy Myers for 10th on the all-time list.

Herrera reached on a forceout off Mark Melancon (3-5) in the ninth and moved to third on Lyle Overbay’s second double of the night. Herrera scored when Schafer’s fly to left was just deep enough.