The Pirates enter the All-Star break with a 48-49 record after they topped the Brewers in five straight games this week, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday. His only hit allowed was Dickerson's homer.
The Pirates scored three runs in the first on Polanco's sacrifice fly, an RBI single by Colin Moran and Bell's run-scoring double. They were the first though to do it in their home ballpark. Oakland's Sal Bando and Reggie Jackson were the next on July 7, 1968, at Detroit.
Marte extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a ground-rule double in the sixth. "So, I was happy and running to the front of the dugout". He's also started 21 games at first base and five in left. "I got it and I put a good swing on it". Once I started getting into a groove, things started coming together and rolling. His first start came during a down stretch for the Pirates.
Elias Diaz was 3-for-4 for Pittsburgh, which has won six of seven, including the first three of this five-game series.
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Luplow homered again to make it 6-0 with two outs in the eighth.
Milwaukee starter Junior Guerra (6-6) yielded six runs, nine hits and two walks in four innings.
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Jesus Aguilar singled off Feliz with the bases loaded in the ninth to cut the lead to 6-2 before Felipe Vazquez came in to get the final out with a strikeout on three pitches.
"We're 90 games in and we've got 70 games to go", he said. "Be ready to hit, because we are aggressive hitters". The combination of times on base and extra base hits has his OPS at.736, the highest it's been since mid-May. Polanco then drove Anderson's 3-2 offering over the wall in right.
It was the 14th start of the season in right field for Thames. Thames lasted two full innings on the field and went 0-for-1 against the Pirates' Nick Kingham before conceding his spot in the lineup to pinch-hitter/right fielder Hernan Perez in the top of the third.
Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli was placed on the seven-day disabled list with post-concussive symptoms.
In the first game Saturday, Milwaukee right-hander Chase Anderson (6-6, 3.81 ERA) is slated to face Nova (5-6, 4.50). The 34-year-old righty has been especially strong away from home, winning five straight road starts since June 8. On the Fourth of July in Los Angeles, the rookie gave up four runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings in a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers.
Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (3-4, 3.77) will attempt to carry momentum from his previous two starts.
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