Milwaukee scored five times in the seventh inning to bust open a close game. Chris Narveson benefited from the outburst. Jeff Karstens, who had departed with the club trailing only 2-1, took the loss.
Prince Fielder and Brandon Boggs hit solo homers in the fourth inning in what had been a scoreless game. The Pirates were unable to get anything against Narveson until the fifth. Ronny Cedeno walked and was moved up by a sac bunt from Karstens. Andrew McCutchen singled him to third. Jose Tabata brought him home with a sac fly.
It stayed that way until the seventh. Corey Hart led off with a pinch hit double. Rickie Weeks reached on a miscue from Pedro Alvarez. That was all for Daniel McCutchen who had relieved Karstens. Joe Beimel gave up an RBI fielder’s choice on a bunt from Craig Counsell on a play where everyone was safe. He then walked Ryan Braun to load the bases. Prince Fielder delivered an RBI single. Beimel was pulled in favor of Jose veras. He promptly gave up a two run double to Casey McGehee. One out later the final run of the inning scored in a single from Jonathan Lucroy.
Lyle Overbay and Ryan Braun traded homers in the eighth to finish the scoring.
Karstens went five and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out five. Narveson gave up just one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked four.
No complaints about Karstens.
The bullpen gave up six runs in four innings.
Narveson is now 3-0 in his career against Pittsburgh. Karstens is now 0-4 against Milwaukee.
Bucs have scored just seven runs during the current four game losing streak.
Bucs are 18-21 through 39 games. They were 17-22 after 39 last year and 18-22 after 40.