Milwaukee used a pair of homers to spoil an otherwise nice outing from Jeff Karstens.
Karstens had retired the first 12 Brewer hitters before allowing a leadoff homer to Prince Fielder in the fifth. The Pirates tied it up in the bottom half against Chris Capuano. Pedro Alvarez walked and Ronny Cedeno tripled to score him. But Milwaukee pushed back ahead in the sixth when Rickie Weeks hit a two run shot.
That’s how it stayed as Milwaukee’s bullpen tossed four scoreless innings. The best shot the Buccos had came in the 9th when closer John Axford allowed the first two runners to reach before whiffing Ryan Doumit, Ryan Church and getting Cedeno on a grounder.
Capuano went five innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out four and walked one. Karstens gave up just two hits and all three Milwaukee runs in six innings. He struck out six and walked none. Axford notched the save.
The Pirates bullpen allowed just one walk and no hits or runs over three innings.
More of that from Karstens, please.
Cedeno and Neil Walker each had two hits.
The offense reverted to form.
There are plenty of teams that Prince Fielder does damage against. Tonight he hit his 18th career homer against Pittsburgh.
Weeks’ dinger was his 12th career against Pittsburgh. He has no more than 9 against any other team.
Capuano came into the game 2-6 with a 6.34 career ERA against the Pirates.
Karstens six whiffs matched a career high sent on 9/23/08 also against Milwaukee.
This was the 16th time this year that Pittsburgh scored one run or less.