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Frazier hits go-ahead homer in 8th, Pirates edge Brewers 8-6

by Ace Damon

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Adam Frazier hit a two-race duel in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates teamed up for an 8 to 6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

The day after adding a four-race lead in ninth in what became an 11-round loss, Pittsburgh made some change, thanks to an unstable performance by the Milwaukee bullpen.

Cole Tucker went 2 to 4 for Pirates, including a double advantage in eighth against Bobby Wahl (0-1). With one out and Tucker in the third, Frazier sent the second shot he saw from Wahl in the middle of one of the tarpaulins that covered the seats in the right field in the empty PNC Park.

Geoff Hartlieb (1-0) won his first major league victory after being called up in the early afternoon. Nick Burdi worked on a leadership walk in the ninth to collect the first defenses of his career.

Keston Hiura hit twice in the sixth and a sacrifice flew in the seventh as part of a four-race streak that gave the Brewers a 6-2 lead. Pittsburgh responded immediately, tying him up at the end of the match, in part due to a pitch error by Milwaukee’s first baseman, Justin Smoak, with the loaded bases that allowed him to score two runs.

The stark start of Christian Yelich, a brewery star, continued. The 2018 NL MVP is hitting just 0.045 (1 to 22) after going 0 to 4. Pittsburgh left defender Bryan Reynolds finished a skid from 0 to 13, going 2 to 4. Reynolds also played away Ryan Milwaukee Braun on the plate at the top of the eighth when Braun represented the advance race.

Milwaukee starlet Josh Lindblom lasted 3 2/3 times on his return to the major leagues, after two years at the Korean Baseball Organization, where he won the league version of the Cy Young Award in 2019. Lindblom gave up two runs and three hits before to leave with what the team called “back cramps”.

Derek Holland played 5 2/3 times in his first match for the Pirates after making the team as a guest who is not on the list. The 11-year-old veteran gave up two runs and two hits before both exchanges turned things into a mess.

COACH’S ROOM

Brewers: LHP Brett Anderson will make their first game for Brewers on Friday in the opening game against St. Louis. Anderson was scheduled to start on opening day before entering the injured list with a blister on the index finger of his left hand.

Pirates: Put relievers Kyle Crick (stretched lat) and Clay Holmes (strain on the right forearm) on the 10-day injury list and activated Hartlieb and Del Pozo.

NEXT

Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (0-1) makes his second start to the season when the series ends Wednesday. Woodruff allowed two runs in five entries, with a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on opening day. Woodruff is 2-1 with a 5.07 ERA in seven career appearances against Pittsburgh.

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (0-1) will try to recover from a loss on opening day to St. Louis last Friday. Musgrove is 0-1 with an ERA of 6.46 against the Brewers.

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