Gallardo, Brewers blank Pirates

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Updated: August 30, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Yovani Gallardo tossed seven scoreless
innings to help the Milwaukee Brewers take two of three from the Pittsburgh
Pirates with a 4-0 win from PNC Park.

Gallardo (10-9) needed 93 pitches to get through his start of six-hit ball.
The right-hander also struck out five to improve to 11-4 lifetime against the
Pirates.

“The main thing is to focus on throwing the ball down,” Gallardo said. “If you
throw the ball down, they’re going to hit ground balls.”

Scooter Gennett had three hits and scored a run, while Aramis Ramirez went
deep for the second time this series. Carlos Gomez added two hits and
Jonathan Lucroy drove in a pair.

Gerrit Cole (6-7) pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his
career, allowing four runs — three earned — on 10 hits. The 22-year old
right-hander struck out four and walked a batter in 7 1/3 innings.

“We played really good defense … to keep them from putting up crooked
numbers,” Cole said. “I’m just glad we were able to be there and minimize as
much as we could.”

The Pirates, who lost for the fourth time in five contests, sit a game behind
the idle St. Louis Cardinals for the National League Central division lead.
Pittsburgh hosts the Cardinals for three games this weekend.

Lucroy muscled a pitch to right field in the first inning, plating Jean
Segura, as Milwaukee broke through with a first-inning run for just the second
time in its last 30 games.

Milwaukee added its second run an inning later when Khris Davis swung with a
3-0 count and smacked a double off the wall in right field. Gomez, who led off
the frame with a single up the middle before stealing second, scored without a
throw.

Ramirez belted his ninth homer of the year off Cole in the top of the
fourth, a shot to right-center.

Gennett and Segura sprayed consecutive singles to put runners on the corners
with one away in the eighth inning, chasing Cole from the contest. Lucroy came
to the plate to face Bryan Morris and drove in Gennett with a sac fly to
center.

Brandon Kintzler took over for Gallardo in the eighth and pitched the final
two innings.

Game Notes

John Buck, acquired along with Marlon Byrd from the Mets earlier this week,
went 3-for-3 in his Pirates debut … The Brewers are 4-2 in their last six
games … Milwaukee grounded into four double plays.