Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brewers 7, Pirates 4 Pirates Lose Fifth Game in a Row; Feliz Hurt Miss Opportunity to Gain in Wild Card

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brewers 7, Pirates 4 Pirates Lose Fifth Game in a Row; Feliz Hurt Miss Opportunity to Gain in Wild Card

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Right-hander Neftali Feliz watched from the trainer's room at PNC Park as the Milwaukee Brewers seized the second chance he had handed them in the eighth inning Saturday night. The visitors battered left-hander Felipe Rivero and delivered Feliz the defeat in the Pirates' 7-4 loss.

In their fifth consecutive loss, the Pirates also lost set-up reliever Feliz. He put two men aboard in the eighth, tasked with keeping the score knotted at 2-2, and then grimaced in pain after firing a fastball to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Rushed into action, Rivero allowed the inherited runners and two others to score.

The Pirates described Feliz's injury as "right arm discomfort," though its cause and severity are not known. Feliz was not in the clubhouse after the game. Catcher Francisco Cervelli said Feliz showed no prior signs of pain, but his body language changed after the final fastball. In his first season in Pittsburgh, Feliz has a 3.52 ERA, despite six runs given up in his past 6?innings.

"Every time [injuries or trades] take somebody else from here, a lot of people say we're done," Cervelli said. "They took [Mark] Melancon. They took [Francisco] Liriano. And we're still here. I hope he's fine. But we're going to keep battling, because we've got one mission."

For the second night in a row, the Pirates (67-66) received a strong performance from their starting pitcher - this time two runs over six innings from right-hander Ivan Nova - and saw wild-card contenders St. Louis and Miami lose, yet failed to gain ground.

The Pirates bullpen surrendered four runs in the eighth, and another in the ninth.

"You're not supposed to win every game by one," said Cervelli, who walked three times. "We've got to score runs. [Nova] did everything he could. We didn't score runs, so I think it's our fault."

Andrew McCutchen tied the score with a solo home run in the seventh, his 19th homer this season, but by the time Starling Marte chipped in another solo shot in the eighth it merely dented the Brewers' lead. Marte had three of the Pirates' nine hits, upping his average to .312.

Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson stocked the bases early and managed to maneuver around major damage. …

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