Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 6, Brewers 5 Making History and Some Noise 4-Homer Salvo Produces Rare Series Win in Milwaukee

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 6, Brewers 5 Making History and Some Noise 4-Homer Salvo Produces Rare Series Win in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE --

The town, the team and the stadium might be known for beer, but the Pirates used a bit of pop to escape with a series win.

They hit four home runs in a 6-5 victory Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park to clinch their first series win here since April 2010.

"It's good to get a series win, but to make anything more of it than that, I'm not going to be jumping around or dancing in the street," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We expect to win series when we go on the road. We know the history, and it is nice to do it. I get that."

It was the most home runs the Pirates (27-26) have hit in a game since they also hit four in a victory against the Chicago Cubs May 28, 2011. Of the past four times the Pirates have hit at least four homers in a game, three have come against the Brewers and two have come at Miller Park, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

The Brewers also homered three times in what has long been known as a hitters' park.

"I've been here enough to know this can happen, and these kind of days can happen," Hurdle said. "That part of it didn't come unexpected."

Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Rod Barajas and Clint Barmes homered for the Pirates. Barmes' ninth-inning blast off Brewers closer John Axford gave the Pirates an insurance run that proved to be necessary after Brooks Conrad homered in the bottom of the ninth to pull the Brewers within one.

Mired in a season-long slump, Barmes went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

"To get a couple hits and a win, it's a lot more fun that way," Barmes said.

It also helped the shortstop atone for a first-inning error that eventually allowed the Brewers to take a 2-0 lead.

"I gave up two runs in that inning is what I felt like," he said.

Starter James McDonald picked up his team-leading fifth win, allowing three runs, one earned, and four hits in six innings. He credited his former minor league pitching coach, Charlie Hough, for giving him the wisdom to get through a game like this one, where, he said, he did not have his best material.

"He always told me the days I didn't have my best stuff, those are the days you've got to learn how to pitch," McDonald said. …

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