MILWAUKEE (AP) — Colin Moran hit an early three-run homer, then had an RBI double in the 10th inning that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Sunday.
The Pirates withstood a two-homer performance from the Brewers’ Daniel Vogelbach to earn their first series win in Milwaukee since September 2018. Pittsburgh has won two of three in each of its last three series to recover from an early six-game skid.
Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds and Milwaukee’s Avisaíl García also homered.
“Obviously it’s great to win series,” said Reynolds, who scored the go-ahead run. “We had a rough start. To answer back the way we have, speaks volumes for who we are as a team. We’ll just keep it going.”
The Pirates were 2-11 in Milwaukee from 2019-20.
Moran hit a leadoff double off J.P. Feyereisen (0-1) in the 10th to bring home Reynolds from second base.
Richard Rodríguez (1-0) earned the win with two innings of perfect relief.
Rodríguez has allowed one hit, one walk and no runs in 6 1/3 innings this season. Pirates manager Derek Shelton felt comfortable giving Rodríguez a second inning in part because the right-hander hadn’t pitched since Tuesday.
“If you watch Richie Rodríguez at all, No. 1, I don’t know if he has a pulse,” Shelton said. “No. 2, if you ask him to throw four innings every day, he would do it.”
With Jackie Bradley Jr. on second to start the bottom of the 10th, Rodríguez retired Vogelbach and Garcia on a pair of flyballs before striking out Travis Shaw to seal the victory.
“I was able to get into some good counts today and put some good swings on it,” Vogelbach said. “I wish I had that last at-bat back, being able to get the guy over and give us a chance to tie the game, and I wasn’t able to do that. So, that’s frustrating for…