Zach Davies became the first Milwaukee starter to win his first seven decisions in a season, hanging on for five innings Saturday before the Brewers’ bullpen finished off a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ryan Braun had an RBI single in the fourth that put the Brewers ahead to stay. Mike Moustakas hit his 19th home run and pinch-hitter Manny Piña added a late homer.
Milwaukee moved a season-high nine games over .500 and beat the Pirates for the fifth time in six games this year.
Davies (7-0) gave up seven hits and left with a 4-3 lead.
Four relievers blanked the Pirates on one hit, with Josh Hader striking out the side in the ninth for his 15th save.
Pirates starter Jordan Lyles lasted only three innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks.
Lorenzo Cain walked and scored on Braun’s tiebreaking single off Michael Feliz (2-2).
Piña added an insurance run in the eighth with his homer off Francisco Liriano.
Braun and Moustakas each had two hits.
Colin Moran hit his ninth homer of the year for the Pirates. Rookie Bryan Reynolds extended his hitting streak to a major league-high 16 games with a single in the third.
RINGING THE BELL
Pirates first baseman Josh Bell brought home a run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the third. Bell has 57 RBIs this season, the most in baseball.
Pirates: RHP Rookie Davis (blister on right middle finger) has been put on the 10-day injured list. … RHP Trevor Williams (right side strain) threw a four-out simulated game. Manager Clint Hurdle says it was Williams’ first simulated action since being placed on the injured list May 17. Williams says he felt no residual pain. Hurdle says Williams threw 64 pitches, including a breaking ball, changeup, four-seam fastball and two-seam fastball. Hurdle says “it was a good first day as far as getting him back.”
Brewers: Manager Craig Counsell says RHP Jhoulys Chacín (lower back) is “feeling better” and “throwing more aggressively.” Counsell says there’s a good chance Chacín will play during the team’s upcoming road trip. … LHP Gio Gonzalez (left shoulder) played catch Friday for the first time since being placed on the 10-day injured list. Counsell says there’s no timetable for Gonzalez’s return.
Brewers RHP Chase Anderson (3-1, 3.93 ERA) will face LHP Steven Brault (2-1, 5.45 ERA) on Sunday in the final game of the three-game weekend series. Anderson is 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 15 career starts against the Pirates, including an 11-5 win on May 30 in Pittsburgh. Brault allowed two runs in four innings and had a no-decision in his last start Tuesday against the Braves.