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Brewers on four-game losing streak, lose to Pirates 2-1

PITTSBURGH (WSAU-Wheeler News) - The Milwaukee Brewers lost their fourth straight game last night, 2-to-1 at Pittsburgh.

The Pirates became the first team in the Majors to win 50 games this season, while Milwaukee dug a deeper hole in the division cellar. The Brewers are now two games behind the Cubs for last in the National League Central.

Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones homered for Pittsburgh, which has won eight straight for the first time since 2004. Yuniesky Betancourt drove in Milwaukee’s only run with an R-B-I single. Carlos Gomez had the Brewers’ only extra-base hit, a triple – but he couldn’t score.

The Crew went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Rickie Weeks went 0-for-3 and ended a career-high 12-game hitting streak. Jean Segura singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He remains the National League hits leader with 105.

Francisco Liriano won his fourth game in five starts, striking out six in six innings. Liriano is now 7-and-3, and 6-and-2 lifetime against Milwaukee. Jason Grilli earned his 27th save.

Donovan Hand lost his first career decision, giving up both Pirate runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out a pair. The Brewers – who’ve owned the Pirates in recent years – are just 4-and-8 against them in 2013.

They’ll close out their series this afternoon. Kyle Lohse faces Pittsburgh’s Charlie Morton.