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Moustakas, Piña homer in six-run third inning to give Brewers win

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Mike Moustakas hits a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Manny Pina hits a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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    The Milwaukee Brewers’ Manny Pina celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Chase Anderson pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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    Pittsburgh Pirates' Colin Moran, right, slides into home safely past the tag of Milwaukee Brewers' Manny Pina, left, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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    Pittsburgh Pirates' Chris Archer pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Mike Moustakas is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Orlando Arcia, top right, jumps over Pittsburgh Pirates' Francisco Cervelli, bottom left, as he turns a double play during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

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MILWAUKEE — Chris Archer blamed nobody but himself for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ loss to Milwaukee.

Mike Moustakas and Manny Piña each hit a two-run homer in the third inning, Jonathan Schoop went deep in the seventh and the Brewers beat the Pirates 7-4 on Sunday.

The victory gave the Brewers their first series win against Pittsburgh this season. Milwaukee improved to 4-9 against the Pirates overall with two three-game series remaining between the NL Central rivals.

The Brewers rocked Archer (4-7) for six runs and six hits in the third, when two close calls in the outfield started the trouble for Pittsburgh.

“I didn’t execute,” Archer said. “Five consecutive hits. I didn’t throw the ball where I wanted to, and they capitalized on every single one. One or two mistakes, that’s OK. A six-run inning is inexcusable.”

A pair of fine defensive efforts by the Pirates came up short and set the stage for the Brewers’ big inning.

Right fielder Gregory Polanco had the ball pop out of his glove on a long sacrifice fly by Jesus Aguilar. Center fielder Starling Marte raced and dove for Travis Shaw’s sinking liner, but the ball trickled free for a double. Ryan Braun followed with an RBI single.

“There are tipping points in the game every day,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Those were a couple of them, for sure.”

Still, he praised the defensive effort.

“The one that cracked my heart a little bit was Marte laying out in center field, catching the ball, but it rolled out of his glove,” Hurdle said. “He gave his best effort. It was everything you want to see from a guy who’s won a Gold Glove.”

Even Brewers manager Craig Counsell tipped his cap to Marte.

“He made a great attempt to make a great play,” Counsell said. “Travis hit a ball hard, and Marte made a great effort.”

Schoop hit a solo shot in the seventh off Nick Kingham, recalled Saturday from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Chase Anderson (9-7) cruised through the first four innings for Milwaukee. He allowed Adeiny Hechavarria’s two-out RBI double in the fifth, then fell apart in the sixth.

Adam Frazier, who hit a three-run homer in the Pirates’ 9-1 win Saturday night, teed off on Anderson for a two-run shot and Polanco followed with a solo drive that pulled the Pirates to 6-4. A single by Francisco Cervelli chased Anderson with nobody out and brought on Josh Hader.

Corey Dickerson grounded to second baseman Schoop, who tossed to shortstop Orlando Arcia at second. Cervelli slid into Arcia as he made the relay throw to first. Second base umpire D.J. Reyburn called Cervelli out for interference and gave the Brewers a double play. Elias Diaz grounded out to end the inning.

Hader followed up with a 1-2-3 seventh, and Joakim Soria worked around two infield throwing errors in the eighth inning. 

Jeremy Jeffress, who blew a save Friday night, pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Archer, who exited his previous start against Atlanta after four innings with left leg discomfort, walked two and struck out five in his second career start against Milwaukee. His first, a 2-1 victory, came as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays last August.

Up next

Brewers RHP Junior Guerra (6-8, 3.72) makes his fourth start this season against Cincinnati on Tuesday as the Brewers begin a six-game road trip. RHP Anthony DeSclafani (6-4, 4.26) will take the mound for the Reds.


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