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Harrison hits winning single in 11th to lift Pirates over Brewers 7-6


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have just one off day in September and it comes in advance of a pivotal series, but it figures to be an enjoyable one.

hit a winning single in the 11th inning, and the Pirates rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 Sunday and remain 2½ games behind St. Louis in the NL Central race.

With the score 6-6, pinch-hitter singled off (0-1) and advanced when left fielder bobbled the ball for an error. Pinch-runner moved to third on 's groundout, and was hit by a pitch.

After a wild pitch advanced Rodriguez, Harrison lined a single to left. Harrison was playing because had a stomach flu.

Pittsburgh opened a four-game margin for the NL wild-card lead over the Chicago Cubs, who start a four-game series at the Pirates on Tuesday.

"We'll enjoy this win tonight then take (Monday) off, regroup, relax, watch some football then get ready for two on Tuesday," Harrison said with a smile. "It should be fun."

Harrison made sure the Pirates had fun at the end of a long day Sunday with the fifth game-ending hit of his five-year career.

"Josh, he does a lot of things to help us win games," Pittsburgh manager said. "He brings energy, edge and attitude."

Harrison, and Jung Ho Kang had two hits apiece for the Pirates, and hit his team-leading 23rd home run. Harrison went 8 for 19 as Pittsburgh won three of four in the series.

(3-1) induced to hit into an inning-ending double play in the 11th after the Brewers put runners at the corners.

"You could make a case that we should have played the infield, especially with a fast runner up to bat," said second baseman , the pivot man on the double play. "But that shows the faith (Hurdle) has in Jared and our defense, and we were able to get out of it."

hit a two-run home run, his 20th, for the Brewers. Rookie first baseman had a career-high four hits.

Down 6-1, the Pirates scored three runs in the fourth and two in the seventh.

"It was a good game," Milwaukee manager said. "Jumped off to an early start and they battled back. There were some big moments on both sides and we had a chance in the 11th there. Just couldn't get the run across."


Brewers: C (concussion) missed his fifth straight game.

Pirates: Marte sat out for the second day in a row.


Brewers: 1B did not start for the fifth time in the last eight games in which Milwaukee faced a left-handed starter.

Pirates: RF got the day off after starting 16 consecutive games.


Brewers: After an off day, Milwaukee hosts St. Louis on Tuesday night with rookie RHP Ariel Pena (1-0, 4.50 ERA) facing RHP (13-7, 3.12).

Pirates: Also off Monday before RHP (16-8, 2.54) and LHP (9-7, 3.97) pitch Tuesday against RHP (8-6, 3.59) and LHP (9-10, 3.50).

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