Yelich, Shaw power Brewers to win in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -- Christian Yelich hit his 32nd home run, Travis Shaw added his 31st and the Milwaukee Brewers blew past the mistake-prone Pittsburgh Pirates 13-6 on Sunday.
Yelich finished 2 for 3 to boost his batting average to an NL-leading .322 as Milwaukee won for the third time in four games to bolster its chances of reaching the postseason for just the fifth time in franchise history. The Brewers (89-67) hold the top NL wild-card spot and remained 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central, as well as two games ahead of St. Louis, which has the second wild-card position. Both rivals also won Sunday.
Yelich blasted a three-run shot in the second inning off spot starter Nick Kingham (5-7), and Shaw followed two batters later with a long drive over the right-field seats as the Brewers built an early seven-run lead and cruised. Mike Moustakas, acquired in a midseason trade with Kansas City, added his 28th homer of the season, eight of them with Milwaukee.
Corey Knebel (3-3) picked up the win in relief after starter Wade Miley failed to record an out during a rocky fifth inning.