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Christian Yelich and Travis Shaw hit towering home runs Sunday as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers clobbered the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-6.
Milwaukee scored four runs on wild pitches, two on bases-loaded walks and one on a bases-loaded hit batsman.
The Brewers won two of three in the weekend series after having trouble with Pittsburgh all year. They finished 7-12 in the season series.
Milwaukee (89-67) remains 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs (91-64) in the National League Central and two games in front of the St. Louis Cardinals (87-69) in the race for the first NL wild card.
Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer hit two-run doubles and Adam Frazier homered for Pittsburgh (78-76).
Milwaukee starter Wade Miley pitched four-plus innings, giving up four runs (three earned) and four hits. Corey Knebel (3-3) finished the fifth with three strikeouts.
Pirates right-hander Nick Kingham (5-7), making a spot start after Joe Musgrove got shut down because of an abdominal issue, lasted 1 1/3 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) and seven hits.
In the first, Milwaukee loaded the bases on three singles and took a 1-0 lead when Kingham hit Mike Moustakas.
The Brewers added five in the second. Orlando Arcia doubled and Miley walked. An out later, Yelich cracked a 439-foot homer to right-center for a 4-0 lead.
Lorenzo Cain reached on an error before Shaw let loose with a 425-foot homer that reached the Allegheny River on a bounce and roll, making it 6-0.
In the third with runners at the corners, reliever Tanner Anderson’s wild pitch upped Milwaukee’s lead to 7-0.
Through four innings, Miley gave up one hit, a single to Elias Diaz. In the fifth, Daiz led off with a walk. Jordan Luplow singled and Jose Osuna reached on an error to load the bases. Harrison and Mercer followed with successive two-run doubles to close it to 7-4.
Pittsburgh reliever Steven Brault left with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth. Michael Feliz walked in two runs, then dished up a rare bases-clearing wild pitch for a 12-4 Milwaukee lead.
Moustakas’ leadoff homer to right made it 13-4 in the eighth, and Frazier hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the final score.
—Field Level Media