Frazier powers Pirates romp
Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer and Jameson Taillon pitched six strong innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 on Saturday night.
Frazier’s drive with one out in the eighth off reliever Taylor Williams give the Pirates a five-run cushion after Gregory Polanco broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single.
Taillon (10-9) gave up one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.
The teams have split the first two games of the series. Milwaukee took the opener in 15 innings Friday night in a game that lasted 5 hours, 36 minutes.
The Pirates added three runs in the ninth on a wild pitch, a run-scoring single by Sean Rodriguez and Colin Moran’s RBI double. Moran had four hits in five at-bats.
Christian Yelich homered in the third to put the Brewers in front 1-0. Yelich, who also homered Friday night, has an 11-game hitting streak.
Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin (13-5), who didn’t allow a run in his previous two starts, held the Pirates scoreless until the fourth when Josh Harrison doubled to drive in Francisco Cervelli, who led off the inning with a double of his own.
Chacin permitted three runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out seven.
Pirates: Taillon was hit in the lower right leg by Eric Thames’ comebacker in the second. He remained in the game after being checked by a trainer. ... Harrison, who has been dealing with a left hamstring issue, was lifted for a pinch-runner as a precaution in the eighth after pulling up while running the bases. . The Pirates recalled RHP Nick Kingham from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned RHP Clay Holmes to their top farm club. Holmes blew a save Friday night. . LHP Steven Brault, who matched a career high with four scoreless innings of relief Friday, was unavailable. “I would expect two days,” manager Clint Hurdle said. ... RHP A.J. Schugel (right shoulder discomfort) has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and sent outright to Indianapolis.
Pirates: Chris Archer (4-6, 4.41 ERA) exited his last start Monday against Atlanta after four innings with left leg discomfort. He gave up one run over six innings in his only career start against Milwaukee last August as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Brewers: Chase Anderson (8-7, 3.92) is 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 13 career starts against the Pirates, including 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two outings this season.