April 20, 2014

Ramirez leads Brewers past Pirates

Aramis Ramirez had three hits, including his 350th career home run, and drove in

Aramis Ramirez

Aramis Ramirez

four runs as the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6 on Tuesday night.

Ramirez helped the Brewers jump out to a 5-0 lead in the fifth, but the Pirates rallied to tie it in the 6th.

The Brewers responded again and won it in the 8th when pinch-hitter Caleb Gindle hit a tie breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

Ramirez hit into a first inning double play, then made up for it with the home run.  His first career home run came as a member of the Pirates at old Three Rivers Stadium back in 1998.  It came off of Brewers left-handed pitcher Scott Karl.

Kyle Lohse wasn’t involved in the decision.  The Brewers gave him the offensive support that he hasn’t had for much of the season.  But Lohse surrendered a career-high 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Jim Henderson pitched out of a 9th inning jam to earn his 12th straight save and 22nd overall.  The Brewers are now 49-0 in games when leading after 8 innings.