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Pirates look to stay hot in doubleheader against Brewers

18 July 2018

Polanco went back-to-back with teammate Starling Marte in the first inning, giving the Pirates an early 2-0 lead, which was all the support that Ivan Nova and company would require.

Josh Bell hit a walk-off two-run double in the 10th inning Sunday as the Pittsburgh Pirates won their sixth straight game, 7-6 over Milwaukee, and swept a five-game series against the visiting Brewers. His only hit allowed was Dickerson's homer. He struck out two and walked none.

Brewers starter Chase Anderson (6-7), who had allowed one run in each of his previous four starts, gave up two on the homers.

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.

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Elias Diaz was 3-for-4 for Pittsburgh, which has won six of seven, including the first three of this five-game series.

The Brewers have tumbled out of first place in the NL Central, and now trail the Cubs by 1 1/2 games. That was his second save of the day and 23rd of the season.

The doubleheader was scheduled when a June 20 game at PNC Park got rained out. We had singles and walks today. "We got two extra-base hits in two games".

Brett Phillips drove in four runs, including an RBI single in the 10th off Pirates reliever Tanner Anderson (1-0). Jordy Mercer then drove in Bell with a double.

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Brewers: OF Eric Thames (right hamstring tightness) and RHP Junior Guerra (right forearm) were placed on the 10-day disabled list. 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. There is "concern" that C Francisco Cervelli (post-concussive symptoms) might have to move out from behind the plate, general manager Neal Huntington said. C Jacob Stallings, who started the second game and hit seventh, was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace him on the 25-man roster.

MIAMI - All-Star Aaron Nola gave up two runs in the first inning, and Philadelphia never recovered, losing to Miami.

Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (8-3, 3.78) will look to win a third straight start.

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Pirates look to stay hot in doubleheader against Brewers