Brewers’ Fiers limits Pirates in 6-5 win
Fourth win in a row for Brewers
PITTSBURGH — Mike Fiers was more excited about his rally-starting bunt single than he was about pitching effectively into the seventh inning.
Fiers (7-6) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts, Aramis Ramirez had a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh and the Milwaukee Brewers held on to win their fourth consecutive game, 6-5 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
He allowed three runs on five hits in 6 2-3 innings. The rookie’s first major-league hit provided the Brewers the first baserunner of what was a four-run Milwaukee seventh.
Fiers was retired on a fielder’s choice, but after Rickie Weeks was hit by a pitch and Ryan Braun walked, Ramirez lined a double deep into the gap in right-center to give the Brewers a 5-2 lead.
After his hit, Ramirez scored on a Corey Hart single. Hart went 3 for 4.
The Pirates rallied for two runs in the ninth off of closer John Axford, but Kameron Loe struck out pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez to with two men on to end the game. Loe’s save was his second in two weeks, the fourth of his career.