Brewers' home-run barrage ends Pirates' 5-game winning streak
Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz homered during a six-run sixth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night and gained ground in the NL Central race.
The Pirates had their five-game winning streak end. They fell 5½ games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second NL wild card.
The Brewers drew within 1½ games of the division-leading Chicago Cubs, who lost 10-4 to the crosstown White Sox. Milwaukee leads the NL wild-card standings by three games over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Shaw’s two-run home run, his 30th, followed Jesus Aguilar’s RBI double and put the Brewers ahead 4-3. After Ryan Braun walked, Moustakas and Kratz hit back-to-back homers. Kratz drive cleared the 410-foot sign in left-center, the deepest part of the park.
Keon Broxton added a solo homer in the eighth for the Brewers.
Corbin Burnes (6-0) pitched a scoreless fifth. Edgar Santana (3-4) allowed three runs in the sixth and failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. He left the game with right forearm and elbow discomfort.
The Pirates’ Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer in the fourth — his 12th of the season but first since July 22, a span of 147 plate appearances — and tripled.
Josh Bell’s homer gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the first, and Braun tied it with an RBI single in the fourth.
Neither starting pitcher returned after a 2-hour, 14-minute rain delay in the top of the fifth. Jhoulys Chacin allowed three runs in four innings while remaining winless in six starts against the Pirates this season, and Ivan Nova gave up one run in 4 1/3 innings.
Moustakas hit .208 with one home run in his previous 14 games. He hit .277 in August after the Brewers acquired him from the Kansas City Royals.
Notes: Catcher Francisco Cervelli (gastrointestinal illness) left in the sixth inning. … RF Gregory Polanco (left shoulder surgery) will begin his rehab this weekend at the Pirates’ spring training facility in Bradenton, Fla. … Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was in contact with Jeff Banister, who was fired as the Texas Rangers’ manager Friday. Banister was Hurdle’s bench coach from 2011-14. “Jeff Banister is a good man, a good father and a good husband and that’s the most important thing,” Hurdle said.