Taillon, Mercer shine in Pirates’ win over Brewers
PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon had a career-high 10 strikeouts, Jordy Mercer tied his career high with four RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Thursday night.
Taillon (6-7) surrendered one run on four hits with two walks. The right-hander struck out the side twice, once in the third inning and again in the fifth, when he got out of a jam after allowing a leadoff walk to Tyler Saladino followed by a single from Erik Kratz.
Mercer was 3 for 4 with three singles, one of which knocked in two runs.
The Pirates have won four of their past five games to pull to 10 1/2 games back of the first-place Brewers, who have lost four of six, in the NL Central.
Felipe Vazquez earned his 21st save by getting the final two outs. Right-handed reliever Michael Feliz allowed Eric Thames to cut the Pirates’ lead to 6-2 with a single up the middle before Christian Yelich made it 6-3 with a single off Vazquez and Jesus Aguilar grounded into a double play to end it.
Wade Miley (1-1) gave up two runs on four hits in five innings with five strikeouts and five walks for Milwaukee.
Miley allowed two two-out RBI singles to Mercer that put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1. Mercer’s first opened the scoring in the second when he drove a ball down the left-field line, scoring David Freese. Aguilar tied it at 1 with a home run, his 24th, to left-centre field in the fourth.
Mercer gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead when he lined a single off Saladino’s glove and into left field to …read more