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Brewers smack five home runs at home in victory over Pirates

| Monday, April 29, 2013, 11:03 p.m.
Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez reacts after giving up a solo home run to the Brewers' Norichika Aoki during the fourth inning Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
The Pirates' Garrett Jones follows through on his two-run home run as Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy watches during the eighth inning Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
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The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen singles, scoring Starling Marte in the top of the first inning against the Brewers on Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
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The Brewers' Yovani Gallardo hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Pirates on Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
The Pirates' Wandy Rodriguez pitches against the Brewers during the first inning Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (left) congratulates Garrett Jones after his two-run home run against the Brewers during the eighth inning Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
The Brewers' Norichika Aoki (7) watches his solo home run against the Pirates during the fourth inning Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
The Pirates' Wandy Rodriguez pitches against the Brewers during the first inning Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
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The Brewers' Yovani Gallardo walks to dugout after hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Pirates on Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
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The Brewers' Norichika Aoki hits a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
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The Brewers' Yuniesky Betancourt (3) celebrates with Carlos Gomez (27) outside the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Pirates on Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
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The Brewers' Jean Segura slides into third base with a triple in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Pirates on Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
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The Pirates' Garrett Jones crosses home plate after hitting a two-run homer scoring Andrew McCutchen during the top of the eighth inning against the Brewers on Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
The Brewers' Ryan Braun (8) reacts after striking out against the Pirates during the eighth inning Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.
Carlos Gomez (27) celebrates after the Brewers defeated the Pirates on Monday, April 29, 2013, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE — To find out what it's like to play for the Pirates at Miller Park, Wandy Rodriguez could have shoved bamboo shoots under his fingernails. Or stepped on a thumbtack. Or stuck his head in a bee's nest.

Instead, Rodriguez went out to the mound and pitched. Ouch!

The Milwaukee Brewers smacked five home runs Monday, three of them off Rodriguez, and crushed the Pirates, 10-4. The Brewers also tallied three triples and a double in their 12-hit attack.

Since 2007, the Brewers are 45-7 against the Pirates at Miller Park. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that's the best record by one team at home against a division opponent in that span.

The Brewers have won eight straight games (home and away) against the Pirates. Going back to 2007, Milwaukee holds a 70-24 advantage, which is — you guessed it — the best record by one team against a division foe in that period.

“We've talked about it internally,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “It's not so much we need to do something different. We need to play good baseball against these guys. That's what we've not done consistently well.”

Even before he joined the Pirates last July, Rodriguez struggled at Miller Park. In 12 starts for the Astros, Rodriguez went 3-7 with a 5.88 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. On Monday, he lasted 3 23 innings and gave up seven runs and six hits.

Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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