Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Series Ends with a Dud Rough Start Ruins Chance for Rare Sweep Brewers 4, Pirates 3

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Series Ends with a Dud Rough Start Ruins Chance for Rare Sweep Brewers 4, Pirates 3

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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers hammered Vance Worley for 12 hits in a 4- 3 win Sunday, blocking the Pirates' chance of a first series sweep at Miller Park since 2004.

Worley gave up two runs in both the first and second innings, then settled in, but the Pirates never came up with the kind of offense needed to pull off a dramatic series sweep.

After clobbering 23 hits Friday and Saturday, the Pirates mustered only four Sunday, and just two off Brewers starter Mike Fiers, who went seven efficient innings.

"You don't have to throw hard. It's kind of like real estate. It's all about location," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Downhill angle, No. 1 weapon that he's got. With that size, he gets on top of the ball with downhill angle. He worked the ball extremely well to the arm side to the right-handed hitters, then used the curveball on and off. Mixed his pitches extremely well ...stayed out of the middle of the plate."

Starling Marte hit a two-run home run off Fiers in the second, tying the score at 2-2, but the Brewers regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs off four hits to go ahead, 4- 2.

Andrew McCutchen battled closer Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth, hitting a home run on a full count to end a 10-pitch at-bat that cut the gap to 4-3.

He said he's feeling "good enough" a week into his return from the disabled list.

"Definitely not 100 percent, but good enough to hit a home run in the ninth off their closer," McCutchen said.

Russell Martin then drew a two-out walk, but the rally ended there as Rodriguez struck out Pedro Alvarez for the save.

Historically, the Pirates have not played their best at Miller Park. So to leave the weekend with a series win was critical to stay alive in the National League Central race.

The Pirates sit five games back from the division-leading Brewers and 1 1/2 games back in the race for the second wild card. …

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