MILWAUKEE — Blake Perkins singled with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.
After pinch-hitter Brian Anderson struck out to open the bottom of the 10th against Angel Perdomo (2-2), Mark Canha was walked intentionally. Both runners advanced on Christian Yelich’s grounder to first. William Contreras was walked intentionally to load the bases and Perkins lined a 2-1 pitch into right to score Victor Caratini.
“Luckily, I have seen him before in the past, so I kind of knew how he liked to attack,” Perkins said. “I was just trying to look for something out over. I knew the 4-hole was wide open, so that was just my approach was trying to go the other way. It’s not often that your plans come to fruition the way you want them to, but it did tonight.”
Devin Williams (6-3) got the win with a perfect 10th.
The Brewers tied it in the ninth when Carlos Santana, acquired from Pittsburgh before the trade deadline, singled to open off closer David Bednar. Pinch-runner Perkins advanced on a fly out, took third on a wild pitch and scored on rookie Sal Frelich’s RBI single to center.
“I thought they pitched really well tonight,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We had a great inning against a great closer. And then guys, had really good at-bats. Everybody had a really good at-bat against Bednar.”
Jason Delay doubled in the only two runs off Brewers starter Corbin Burnes in the fifth. Liover Peguero singled to center with two outs for the first hit against Burnes, and stole second. Alika Williams walked and Delay followed with a two-run double to the gap in left-center.
“Not good. Obviously the cutter command was not good at all,” Burnes said. “They came out early swinging, being aggressive, and then I think kind of once they realized I didn’t have good command, they kind of went into non-swing mode and tried to work the counts.”
Milwaukee got one back in the bottom half when Caratini and Brice Turang opened with consecutive singles, chasing starter Bailey Falter. Andre Jackson, called up Friday from Triple-A Indianapolis, advanced the runners with a wild pitch. Caratini scored on Yelich’s one-out RBI grounder.
Milwaukee increased its lead in the NL Central to 1 1/2 games over Cincinnati, which lost to Washington 7-3.
Burnes, the NL Pitcher of the Month in July when he went 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA in six starts, allowed just two hits, but needed 107 pitches to get through six innings, striking out five and walking four.
’He was as good as he’s been over his last seven or eight starts with how his stuff’s been,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of Burnes. “The curveball was really effective. Delay had a big hit. We just played a bullpen game with him. We didn’t have very many opportunities because they threw the ball well. We put ourselves in a position to win and we just didn’t finish it.”
Falter, acquired at the deadline from Philadelphia where he was 0-7 with a 5.13 ERA before being sent down in May, allowed one run and six hits in four innings in his Pirates debut.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff, on the injured list since early April with right shoulder inflammation is expected to be recalled Sunday and start.
Pirates INF Vinny Capra was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Falter. … Brewers RHP Colin Rea was optioned to Triple-A Nashville and LHP Clayton Andrews was recalled from Nashville.
Woodruff (1-0, 0.79) starts for the Brewers in the series finale on Sunday against Pirates RHP Johan Oviedo (5-11, 4.42).
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