February 9, 2016

Axford blows up in the 8th, Brewers fall to Pirates

The long ball came back to haunt Milwaukee Brewers reliever John Axford.  Axford served up a 2-run homer to Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte in

John Axford

John Axford

the 8th inning today as the Pirates came from behind to beat the Brewers 6-4 at Miller Park.

The loss ended Milwaukee’s 9-game win streak over the Pirates and prevented the Brewers from pulling out a 3-game sweep.

Rookie right-hander Hiram Burgos worked seven solid innings, allowing just 4 hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts.

Axford has pitched just 11 1/3 innings and has given up 6 home runs.  That’s just 4-home runs shy of his entire total last season.  Axford left to a chorus of boos at Miller Park.

AUDIO: John Axford reacts to the booing :20

AUDIO: Ron Roenicke said the fans booing Axford isn’t fair :14

The Pirates hit 3-home runs in all, beating the Brewers for just the 8th time in the last 54 games at Miller Park.

Carlos Gomez continued his hot hitting for the Brewers, collecting two hits and a home run.  Yuniesky Betancourt also homered in the loss for the Brewers.

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