It’s always nice for the Milwaukee Brewers to see the Pittsburgh Pirates in town.
With the combination of strong pitching and just enough offense, the Brewers remain unbeaten this season after a 4-3 win over their NL Central counterparts at American Family Field on Friday night.
Aaron Ashby won for the second time this year after making a solid five-inning start, and four different players drove in runs as Milwaukee matched their record 4-0 win over Pittsburgh on their home turf in 2022.
Box Score:Brewers 4, Pirates 3
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Willy Adames also hit a homer, tying Rowdy Tellez with his 17th for the team lead.
Ashby’s start was his second since being reinstated off the injured list on July 2, as well as his second against the Pirates.
His return was far from triumphant in Pittsburgh, where he was marked for five hits – including two homers – four runs and a walk with six strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings.
This time he was allowed to throw 10 more pitches (72 in total) and made just one mistake, a 0-2 pusher that was actually down and outside the strike zone, which Diego Castillo was able to still steer and drive wide left-center, to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
Ashby (2-6). whose two walks came in his last six batters capped his performance with a terrific hook from a 95.9-mile shot that was fired right back at him by Bryan Reynolds.
He allowed three hits and the two runs while striking three.
The Brewers took the lead against JT Brubaker in the second game with a lone, base-loaded single from Keston Hiura.
They then regained the lead thanks to an RBI triple from Kolten Wong and a bases-loaded single from Jace Peterson, who got into an inning-ending double play with bases in the second round.
Milwaukee was able to keep extending their lead only to see Christian Yelich and Adames.
After Hoby Milner threw a 1-2-3 seventh, Adames led off the bottom of the frame with a home ring to the left. It was his first homer since hitting a grand slam in Pittsburgh on July 1.
Devin Williams worked around two baserunners in eighth, and Josh Hader caught a big break in the ninth when Kevin Newman was easily kicked out at home with two ons and two outs while trying to score a single goal from Daniel Vogelbach.
Andrew McCutchen and Adames combined in a perfect relay, and Victor Caratini brought the tag home, sealing the win and Hader’s 26th save.