The Milwaukee Brewers bounced back from their defeat last night by stepping on the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 for their 10th straight win over the division foe dating back to last year.

Zack Greinke had an excellent game, helping the team regain their confidence after losing the final of what had been a perfect road trip. He nearly went 8 innings, giving up his two runs late. He allowed just 3 runs before that final inning, and was pinpoint in his strike zone all day. He has a 1.83 ERA in his last 5 and has lasted deep into games by keeping guys off base.

The Brewers went to work early, getting a lot of work from Casey McGehee who scored a run and tripled in two more by the 3rd inning. They chased the Pirates’ starter from the game after 5 innings and worked the bullpen hard enough. The game tightened up a bit in the 8th when Pittsburgh cut the deficit to 4-2 and forced Greinke out, well over 100 pitches. Francisco Rodriguez made quick work of the final batter and stayed on to get his first career hit in the bottom of the 8th. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder led off the inning with back to back solo home runs, and Jonathan Lucroy brought in one for the final margin.

What would have been Rodriguez’s first save situation with the Brewers turned into him leaving the game with leg cramps after his at-bat. Still, the bullpen erupted in excitement for K-Rod’s hit, which showed the camaraderie of this tight-knit and successful group.

Marco Estrada gets the fill-in start tomorrow as the Crew continues against the Pirates in an afternoon game televised on FOX.

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