MILWAUKEE (WSAU-TSN) Marco Estrada tossed seven-strong innings of one-run ball as the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game set at Miller Park.
Estrada (4-2) scattered four hits and struck out eight without issuing a walk to earn the win.
Alex Gonzalez drove in both runs with a two-run double in the second inning. Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez scored one run apiece for the Brewers, winners in two of their last three games.
Francisco Rodriguez recorded the final out in the ninth to notch his first save of the season. It was hits first save since July 18, 2012.
A.J. Burnett (3-5) was charged with the loss after giving up two runs on three hits while striking out six over seven innings. Burnett has dropped three straight decisions and hasn't won since May 3.
Neil Walker went 2-for-4 and drove in the lone run for the Pirates, who had won four straight entering the contest.
The Brewers and Pirates play again Saturday at 2:30pm CT on AM-550 FM-99.9 WSAU.