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Brewers 9, Pirates 6; Sweeping Pittsburgh Out of Milwaukee

Win: Zack Greinke (2-1)
Loss: Kevin Correia (5-4)

HR: Braun (12), McGehee (3), Lucroy (3), Walker (5)

MVP: Ryan Braun (.218)
LVP: Greinke (-.120)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph

Five wins out of the last six games?  Yeah, I'll take it.

The Brewers lost no time in starting this game off with a bang, scoring four runs off of Kevin Correia in the first inning including a three run homer from Ryan Braun after Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez opened the inning with two singles.  Casey McGehee would also hit a home run in the opening inning, though his was a solo shot.   Milwaukee would also score a run in each of the second and third innings as Kevin Correia struggled through four innings.  Correia allowed eight hits, two walks, and struck out just one hitter. 

Like his last outing, Zack Greinke was brilliant through four innings, pitching a no hitter and striking out three batters.  Then came the fifth inning and Greinke fell apart a little bit, allowing a lead off homer to Neil Walker before retiring the next two hitters.  Those outs would be followed by three straight doubles, a triple, and a single before Garrett Jones struck out to mercifully end the inning.  All in all, Greinke allowed six hits and one walk in five innings, struck out five, and had five earned runs pinned on him by Pittsburgh. 

The Brewers offense was more than able to deliver a Brewers win, though, as Jonathan Lucroy delivered a two run homer in the bottom of the fifth and Milwaukee picked up one more run in the seventh inning to make it 9-5.  The ninth inning got a little nerve racking with John Axford in during a non-save situation.  Axford allowed one run, then loaded the bases with just one out before a game ending double play. 

Greinke, by the way, came just a few feet short of his second career HR and first as a Brewer in the second inning, with a long fly ball to the warning track in left-center.

Up next, the Brewers head on a short west coast trip with two games against the Dodgers in LA and the Padres in San Diego.  Tomorrow's game starts at 9:05.