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Pirates' Steven Brault throws 6 shutout frames

MLB.com - Tuesday 12th September, 2017

Brandon Woodruff fields a grounder off the bat of Andrew McCutchen and throws to first for the out, stranding Adam Frazier at third base

"It was a frustrating day," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "There was never really a point where we got anything good started."

McCutchen gets it started: The Brewers had seen this before from McCutchen, whose two-run homer in the first inning gave the Pirates an early advantage. Besides pushing him to 199 career home runs, McCutchen's first home run since Aug. 8 was the 31st of his career against the Brewers -- most of any opponent -- and his 20th at Miller Park. That's McCutchen's highest total at any road venue, and the most by any Brewers visitor.

"I did something right, so that's a good start. To hit it to right field and get it out, I've got to be doing something right," McCutchen said. "It's a hitters' park, man."

Pitchers who rake: Twice, Brault beat the Brewers with his bat. In the fifth, his one-out double to the right field corner off Woodruff preceded Marte's two-run homer. In the sixth, after the Brewers lost a critical challenge, they intentionally walked Jordy Mercer to load the bases for Brault's two-out, two-run single and a 6-0 lead. He's no easy out; including his 2-for-3 on Monday, Brault is 18-for-48 as a pro, good for a .375 average.

"I want to be able to carry that from what I've done before and be able to keep it going," Brault said. "That's something I want to stay committed to. 8230; That's something I definitely like that I can bring to the table."

"Their pitcher, offensively, had an important night," Counsell said. "His hit off Hughes was a big hit to make it 6-0."

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"It was weird. That's the first start I think I've ever had where I didn't strike anybody out. My work throughout the week and then getting here tonight was, 'I'm going to finish hitters. I'm going to get ahead of hitters and I'm going to finish them.' I think I did a lot better job of that tonight."-- Brault, on the difference between his last start and this one

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Pirates left-hander Dan Runzler, called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday, made his first Major League appearance since Sept. 30, 2012. He threw two pitches and recorded one out to end the eighth inning.

McCutchen has hit 17 of his 24 homers this year on the road. He has reached base safely in each of his last 11 games against the Brewers, and he's gotten on base in each of his last 15 games at Miller Park, a streak dating back to July 31, 2016.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

With two on and one out in the sixth, the Pirates' Elias Diaz legged out a grounder to avoid an inning-ending double play. The Brewers asked for a review of two elements -- did Sean Rodriguez violate the slide rule at second base, and did Diaz indeed beat the relay to first. After a review of 3 minutes, 22 seconds, the ruling confirmed no violation for Rodriguez and supported the call at first.

"I don't predict that stuff. They make the decision," Counsell said. "The play at first is what we thought we had the best chance at. They obviously disagreed."

WHAT'S NEXT

Pirates: Coming off his best start of the season, right-hander Gerrit Cole will take the mound for the Pirates on Tuesday night at Miller Park. Cole held the Cubs to two hits and struck out eight over eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss Wednesday night at PNC Park. Cole owns a 4.71 ERA in five career starts in Milwaukee. First pitch is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. ET.

Brewers: Left-hander Brent Suter gets the start at 6:40 p.m. CT in what will amount to another bullpen day for the Brewers. Suter has pitched twice since coming off a stint on the disabled list for a rotator cuff injury, a three-inning start against the Nationals and a one-inning relief stint against the Reds. That means he isn't stretched out to pitch deep into the game, and the Brewers will have to dip into their crowded bullpen for innings.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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