Junior Guerra pitched another gem for the Milwaukee Brewers, leading the crew to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their series opener at Miller Park.
Guerra pitched 8 2/3 innings, allowing a run on four-hits to improve to 7-2 with a stingy 2.70 ERA.
Guerra was staked to an early 2-0 lead when Chris Carter clubbed a two-run homer in the first. The Brewers other run came in the sixth on back-to-back doubles from Scooter Gennett and Keon Broxton. Gennett extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Guerra allowed the first to Pirate hitters to reach base in the ninth with a single and a walk. But Craig Counsell took a trip to the mound only to encourage Guerra, who was allowed to stay in the game to try to complete the shutout.
Guerra got two outs but wound up giving up a single run. Jeremy Jeffress would come on to get the last out and did so on one pitch for his 25th save of the season.
The Brewers have won four of their last five games and will host game two against the Pirates today.
AUDIO: Craig Counsell on Junior Guerra giving them much more than they anticipated :20