MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas homered to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Friday night. Orlando Arcia drove in two runs with a bunt double for the Brewers, who stayed a game and a half behind first-place Chicago in the NL Central. Yelich belted a two-run homer to center off Pirates starter Chris Archer in the first to give the Brewers an early lead. Shaw followed two batters later with a solo shot to stake Milwaukee to a 3-0
CHICAGO — Curtis Granderson homered, tripled and scored three runs, Lorenzo Cain added three hits and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Wednesday night to move within a game of the NL Central lead. Granderson also got three hits and Mike Moustakas had a two-run single for Milwaukee, which took two of three from the first-place Cubs. Josh Hader (6-1) struck out three in a scoreless eighth to get the win. Six Brewers pitchers combined to hold Chicago to six hits.
MILWAUKEE — Gio Gonzalez didn’t need his affable personality to make new friends in Milwaukee on Saturday night. Gonzalez received a standing ovation following an impressive first start with the Brewers, and Milwaukee beat the slumping San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Saturday night. “They believed in me and gave me a second chance,” Gonzalez said. “I want to return the favor.” Gonzalez (8-11) allowed an unearned run and three hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking
WASHINGTON — Jhoulys Chacin pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Friday night. The Brewers also got home runs from Jesus Aguilar, his 31st, and Erik Kratz in winning their third straight game. Milwaukee holds the second NL wild card spot. Chacin (14-5) allowed a run on six hits while striking out six and walking two in 6 1/3 innings. Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his eighth