PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Reynolds hit a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, powering the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.
Facing a 2-0 count, Reynolds sent a fastball from Devin Williams (2-1) 425 feet to right-center field for a lead-off blast. Reynolds’ 16th homer of the season and first walk-off in the majors ended a drought of 15 games since he hit three against the Washington Nationals on June 26.
“I walked up to the plate telling myself, ‘This probably isn’t a guy you’re hitting a home run off of, so just try to get him in the zone or maybe he’ll walk you,’” Reynolds said. “I got to a good count and he threw me a heater. … To hit it off a guy like that is really cool. Back-and-forth game, too.”
It was Williams’ first home run allowed in 44 games this season, ending a streak of 30 consecutive appearances without allowing a run since giving up three to the Cincinnati Reds on May 10.
“An inning is an inning, you know what I mean? Doesn’t really matter to me,” Williams said of the streak ending on a walk-off. “He put a good swing on it. It is what it is.”
Wil Crowe (4-6) struck out one without allowing a hit in the final 1 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh.
Willy Adames had four RBIs for the NL Central-leading Brewers, the final two coming on a two-out single in the eighth that cut into a three-run deficit. Rowdy Tellez then sent an RBI single down the line in right, tying it at 7.
“It was a crazy game,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “We weren’t able to keep some runs off the board, weren’t able to capitalize on some opportunities earlier in the game. Had a great eighth inning to tie it up with some big hits and some great at bats.”
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