Mitchell, Hiura late, Brewers rally to Pirates 7-5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Garrett Mitchell hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Keston Hiura connected for a game-ending shot in the ninth as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied against the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Monday night .
Hiura, who replaced injured first baseman Rowdy Tellez in the fourth, threw a two-run homer off reliever Wil Crowe (5-8) that bounced off the top of the left field wall. Willy Adames picked the ninth for the Brewers, bringing Hiura to the plate without anyone.
Mitchell, entering his second game in the majors after being recalled from Triple-A Nashville late last week, scored his first career homer, a two-run drive against Crowe with two outs in the eighth. This earned Mitchell a callback from the crowd, which included several family members.
The 2020 first-round pick also had a hit in Sunday’s 9-7 win over the Chicago Cubs in his first major league start. Milwaukee’s top prospect made his first appearance as a defensive backup on Saturday. He also walked, stole a base and scored the Brewers’ first run on Monday.
Devin Williams (6-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.
The Brewers, sitting just outside the NL Wildcards picture, won their third straight and remained six games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.
Milwaukee snapped a five-game losing streak against the Pirates, who are last in the division at 48-80. Pittsburgh lost for the 14th time in 17 games.
The Brewers broke through in the third against starter Bryse Wilson. Adames kicked off with a hit single. After Christian Yelich was knocked down at the plate trying to score on Tellez’s single, Hunter Renfroe followed with a two-run brace to give Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.
The Pirates broke into the fifth against Corbin Burnes. Jason Delay led Pittsburgh’s first inning with a single and Oneil Cruz followed by lining up a three-run homer in the right field seats.
Cruz, who came into the game averaging .199, hit six of his 11 home runs this season against the Brewers and 14 of his 33 RBIs have also come against Milwaukee.
Rodolfo Castro doubled a solo homer against Burnes in the sixth to extend Pittsburgh’s lead to 5-3.
Burnes, last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed eight hits and five runs through six innings. He walked one, struck out five and threw two crazy pitches.
The Pirates recalled OF Jack Suwinski from Triple-A Indianapolis and opted for OF/1B Bligh Madris at their top farm club. … INF Kevin Padlo cleared the waivers and was sent straight to Indianapolis.
Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes did not start due to a routine rest day, manager Derek Shelton said. Hayes entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth and stayed in the game.
Brewers: Tellez left with sore right knee after scoring a single and scoring second on Renfroe’s third inning double. … RHP Adrian Houser, who returned to the starting rotation last week after being sidelined for nearly eight weeks by a right flexor strain, will be out of the bullpen for now, said said manager Craig Counsell.
Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (4-10, 4.50 ERA) allowed seven runs (two earned) over 3 2/3 innings in his last start Wednesday. Keller is 0-2 with a 4.40 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers.
Brewers: RHP Jason Alexander (2-1, 5.26) will make his eighth start of the season, but the first since July 12 at Minnesota. The rookie’s only outing against the Pirates this year came on June 30, when he allowed two runs in two innings.
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