MILWAUKEE – Matt Lawton had four singles and snapped an eighth-inning tie by scoring on a wild pitch as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-10 Sunday.

Pittsburgh was leading 2-0 in the third when the game was delayed for about 10 minutes while both managers met with umpires. The Pirates then decided to play the game under protest, but there was no explanation during the game for the team’s decision.

Freddy Sanchez had three hits, including a homer, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Pirates, who used their biggest comeback of the season to snap a five-game losing streak.

Reliever Brian Meadows (3-1) pitched the seventh to earn the win. Jose Mesa got the final five outs, allowing two runs in the ninth before striking out Damian Miller with the bases loaded for his 20th save in 23 chances.

The Pirates trailed 8-2 after Milwaukee scored five runs in the sixth, but answered with five in the seventh to pull within a run.

Sanchez walked to open the eighth and moved to third on Lawton’s single, chasing Tommy Phelps (0-2). Julio Santana relieved, and after Lawton stole second, Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly to right, with Sanchez scoring to tie it at 8 and Lawton moving to third.

With Daryle Ward batting, Santana threw a pitch in the dirt that catcher Chad Moeller couldn’t handle for a wild pitch, allowing Lawton to score without a play.

Pittsburgh added two more runs in the ninth on Humberto Cota’s RBI double and an RBI single by Sanchez.

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis pitched six innings, allowing four runs and eight hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. Pirates starter Josh Fogg gave up three runs and three hits with four strikeouts in five innings.

Davis hit an RBI double and Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer – his third in three games – to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead in the third.

Neither team scored again until the sixth, when the Brewers scored five runs off rookie reliever Ian Snell, capped by Moeller’s fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot that made it 8-2.

Sanchez hit a two-run homer and Jose Castillo had a two-run shot in the seventh as Pittsburgh closed within 8-7.

Notes: Milwaukee leads the season series 7-4. … The Pirates overcame a five-run deficit to beat Baltimore 6-5 on June 7. … Meadows has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances.

AP-ES-07-03-05 1751EDT


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