Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Khris Davis clubbed the game-winning homer in the 14th inning to carry the Milwaukee Brewers to a fight-marred 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday at PNC Park.
Davis hit Jeanmar Gomez’s second pitch over the left-field wall to give Milwaukee the lead while Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless 14th to seal the victory for the Brewers (14-5).
Zach Duke (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win while Rodriguez notched his seventh save of the season, tying him with Tom Henke for 19th place on the all-time saves list with 311.
Starter Marco Estrada allowed six hits and one run with four strikeouts over six innings of work while Mark Reynolds and Ryan Braun also connected on solo shots for the Brewers, who took three out of the four-game series.
The Brewers have taken six of seven over the Pirates this season.
Neil Walker went 3-for-6 with a solo home run and Jose Tabata added an RBI single for the Pirates (8-11), who dropped five of their last six games after a promising start.
Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole was in line for the win before Jason Grilli blew his second save in as many days, giving up the game-tying solo shot to Braun in the ninth.
Cole allowed one run on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts in eight frames. Gomez absorbed the loss after giving up the game-winning homer to Davis.
Walker broke the scoreless tie with a deep home run to right field with two outs in the bottom of the fourth but Reynolds hammered a solo shot in the eighth inning to tie the game.
Tabata put the Pirates ahead when he drove home Ike Davis in the bottom part of the eighth before Braun delivered the game-tying homer in the ninth.
Earlier, benches cleared and punches were thrown after Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez tripled off Cole in the third inning. Gomez flipped his bat on a long drive to center field that hit off the wall, falling short of a home run.
After Gomez slid into third, Cole appeared to say something as he walked back to the mound after backing up the base. Gomez took off his helmet and moved in Cole’s direction as the benches cleared and a scuffle ensued. Gomez had to be restrained by umpires and players and appeared to throw at least one punch before he was ejected.
Pittsburgh’s Travis Snider also was ejected and Pirates catcher Russell Martin had to be escorted back to the dugout by a teammate as he jawed with Gomez. Neither player was in the Pirates starting lineup. Gomez was replaced by Elian Herrera in center.