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Brewers 8, Pirates 5: Milwaukee continues to roll

The Brewers have now won 15 of their last 21 games. Go figure.

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Win: Nelson (7-9)
Loss: Worley (3-5)
Save: Rodriguez (21)

HR: Lucroy (3), Ramirez (11), Davis (7)


Two Brewers' struggling to re-establish their value had big games on Saturday as Milwaukee took their second straight game against Pittsburgh, this time by an 8-5 score.

Aramis Ramirez had perhaps his best game of the year, going 3-3 with a solo home run, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch. He also drove in two runs and scored a pair himself. Scooter Gennett also had a nice game, going 3-5 with a run and an RBI.

Those two helped the Brewers come back from an early deficit as Jimmy Nelson gave up three runs to the Pirates in the first inning. Nelson settled down after that, allowing just three more hits and two walks over his next five innings en route to giving up four runs overall. On the game, he struck out eight Pirates hitters.

Thanks in part to Ramirez and Gennett -- and some poor Pirates defense -- the Brewers quickly caught up, though. Milwaukee scored at least one run in each of the second through seventh innings with two runs in both the second and fourth. The Pirates got a couple more late runs in the eighth inning, but Francisco Rodriguez came on and shut Pittsburgh down in the ninth for his 21st save in 21 tries.

It wasn't the prettiest of wins, but the Brewers are now 2-0 in the unofficial second half. World Series, here we come!