Pirates 14, Brewers 3


PITTSBURGH (AP) – Sean Casey had three hits and drove in three runs in his first game since mid-April, and the Pittsburgh Pirates bounced back from a difficult loss to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 14-3 Monday night behind Zach Duke.

Jason Bay’s streak of consecutive games with a homer ended at six as he was the only Pirates starter to not drive in a run, going 1-for-5. Catcher Ronny Paulino was the only starter who didn’t get any of their 18 hits off four pitchers – a day after the Pirates couldn’t hold a four-run lead in the ninth inning of a 5-4, 10-inning loss to Houston.

Maybe it’s because the Pirates are so accustomed to losing after dropping 34 of 51, but there didn’t seem to be any carryover effect from the hard-to-take loss. Duke (3-6) gave up two runs in the first, but the Pirates immediately came back with five runs in their half of the inning.

Casey, playing for the first time since fracturing two vertebrae in his back April 14 against the Cubs, drove in the first run with a single to center. Craig Wilson and Duke had run-scoring singles, Doug Davis (3-4) issued a bases-loaded walk to Paulino, and second baseman Rickie Weeks committed his 15th error of the season to allow another run to score.

Weeks cut behind the bag on Duke’s single and tried to catch the ball and flip it to shortstop Bill Hall in a single motion, but the throw got away, allowing Freddy Sanchez to score from second. Wilson had already scored from third on the play.

Casey added a two-run double in the fourth to chase Davis, then singled and walked his next two times up before being lifted in the eighth. Bay, who has started every game the last two seasons, also was pulled after grounding out to end the seventh.

Duke ended a four-game losing streak during which he allowed 29 hits and 16 runs in 25 innings. The only other run off Duke came on Prince Fielder’s long home run to right leading off the sixth, a drive estimated at 471 feet – the third longest in PNC Park’s six seasons. Fielder also had an RBI double in the first.

Duke gave up 10 hits in 7 2-3 innings, but struck out five and walked one to win for the first time since shutting out the Cubs 9-0 on May 2.

Jose Bautista also homered in the sixth off Jeremi Gonzalez during a three-hit night for the Pirates. All four of Bautista’s career homers have been since May 13. Jose Castillo hit his sixth of the season in the eighth, off Chris Mabeus in the right-hander’s first major league appearance.

Notes: Mabeus had a rough debut, allowing four runs and four hits and throwing three wild pitches in 1 2-3 innings. … Brewers 3B Jeff Cirillo singled in his 5,000th career at-bat, in the seventh. … Fielder’s homer bounced into the Allegheny River, the 18th homer to reach the water. Daryle Ward’s homer in 2002 was the only one to reach the river on the fly. … The Brewers are one of the few opposing teams that doesn’t do well in PNC Park, going 15-31 there. … Casey is a .371 career hitter (49-of-132) at PNC Park, playing there the previous five seasons with the Reds.

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