Brewers edge Pirates 3-2 for 8th straight win
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jim Henderson tags out Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte at home plate during the eighth inning Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
MILWAUKEE – Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff homer, Jonathan Lucroy drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Saturday night for their eighth consecutive victory.
Gomez got Milwaukee started with a 432-foot drive to center field off Edinson Volquez, and Khris Davis scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 in the second.
Pittsburgh tied it in the third on Starling Marte’s groundout and Travis Snider’s single, ending Yovani Gallardo’s scoreless streak to start the season at 14 2/3 innings.
Lucroy singled to right in the eighth to drive in Ryan Braun, who beat the throw to the plate.
Jim Henderson (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the win. Francisco Rodriguez got his fourth save in four attempts.
Andrew McCutchen returned to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lineup against the Milwaukee Brewers after coming out of Friday night’s game with a sore ankle.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the 2013 NL MVP tested his left ankle before the game Saturday night. Hurdle said McCutchen hit in the batting cage and was re-examined by a doctor, and the center fielder was comfortable and confident he could play.
McCutchen had two stolen bases in Friday night’s 4-2 loss to Milwaukee but was lifted after lining out to end the eighth inning, when he told Hurdle he might have hurt his left ankle. McCutchen appeared to be walking around in the clubhouse afterward without a limp.