PITTSBURGH — Backup catcher Michael Perez had three home runs, rookies Oneil Cruz and Jack Suwinski hit back-to-back shots and the Pittsburgh Pirates vanquish the Milwaukee Brewers eight-7 on Thursday night.
It was the first multi-homer game of Perez’southward five-twelvemonth career. He likewise doubled his season home run total.
Perez hit a ii-run blast in the 4th inning off Brent Suter (1-2) to interruption a 3-3 tie. The backup catcher added another ii-run homer in the sixth to brand information technology 6-four before connecting again for a solo shot in the eighth to increase the atomic number 82 to 8-iv.
The burst came ane day later on the Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds had a 3-homer game in a win at Washington.
Perez went 4 for 5 to prepare a career-high for hits and raise his batting boilerplate to .169. He finished with five RBIs as the Pirates ended their eight-game losing streak against Milwaukee that dated to concluding flavour.
The Brewers scored three runs in the ninth inning to pull to 8-7. Willy Adames hitting an RBI double, Rowdy Tellez drove in a run with a footing out and Kolten Wong hit a 2-out run-scoring unmarried off diving first baseman Michael Chavis.
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Rookie Yerry De Los Santos and then relieved closer David Bednar with runners on kickoff and 3rd and retired Luis Urias on a pop fly for his 2nd career relieve, both coming in the last two days.
Cruz and Suwinski homered in the second inning to put the Pirates alee 3-0. They became the first Pittsburgh rookies to go back-to-dorsum since Brandon Moss and Andy LaRoche in 2008.
Cruz’due south shot was measured at 431 feet and Suwinski’s at 412. Suwinski was 2 for 3 with a walk.
Pittsburgh finished June with 44 homers, its most in a calendar month since 2007.
JT Brubaker (2-seven) pitched 6 innings, allowing iv runs and seven hits. He struck out half dozen and walked ii.
Andrew McCutchen had 2 doubles amid his three hits while driving in two runs but couldn’t go along the NL Cardinal-leading Brewers’ 4-game winning streak from ending. The 2013 NL MVP is hitting .350 in his last 22 games following a 1-for-xl slide.
Wong, Christian Yelich and Jace Peterson added ii hits apiece for Milwaukee. Adames drove in ii runs.
Brewers starter Adrian Houser left the game with right elbow tightness in the third inning. He was charged with three runs in ii 1/3 innings.
After walking Daniel Vogelbach with one out, Houser was visited on the mound by manager Craig Counsell and an athletic trainer. Houser then left post-obit a brief conversation and was relieved past Suter.
Houser has struggled in contempo weeks. Prior to Th, he had gone ane-four with a 6.54 ERA in his final six starts. He’south 4-8 with a iv.72 ERA overall this season.
After the Pirates went alee iii-0 on the back-to-dorsum homers off Houser, the Brewers rallied to tie the score. Yelich tripled home a run and scored on Adames’ groundout in the third inning and Omar Narvaez hit an RBI double in the quaternary.
Perez’s showtime homer put the Pirates ahead for good and his second, which came off Jason Alexander, gave them absorber later on Luis Urias’ groundout in the 6th got the Brewers within a run. Perez so put the capper on his big game by connecting against Jandel Gustave.
All three abode runs carried into the correct-field stands.
Rookie LHP Aaron Ashby (left forearm inflammation) is on track to be activated from the injured list to beginning Sabbatum against the Pirates. ... CF Jonathan Davis (back/ribs) was not in the lineup after making a spectacular diving grab Wed in a win over Tampa Bay. He was available off the demote in an emergency.
INF/OF Tucupita Marcano was activated from the COVID-19 IL and INF Yu Chang was designated for assignment subsequently hitting .167 with ane home run in 18 games. ... Bednar had not pitched Saturday considering of lower dorsum stiffness.
RHP Corbin Burnes (6-four, 2.41) will commencement Friday night. The reigning NL Cy Immature Award winner has won his last three starts with a two.18 ERA.
RHP Roansy Contreras (2-ane, ii.76) has the best ERA in the major leagues among rookies who have made at least seven starts this flavor.