MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAU-TSN) - Kyle Lohse came within one out of a complete game and the Milwaukee Brewers won their ninth straight contest, 4-1, over Pittsburgh to complete a three-game sweep at Miller Park.
Lohse (2-1) fanned nine and allowed one hit and one run without walking a batter. Will Smith struck out the lone batter he faced to pick up his first save of his career.
Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez each picked up an RBI for the Brewers.
Andrew McCutchen drove in the lone run for the Pirates, who have lost four of five.Pirates starter Charlie Morton (0-1) surrendered four runs -- two earned -- on six hits through seven frames, while walking and striking out three apiece.
An unusual play in the sixth, as Scooter Gennett strikes out, but the catcher loses control and then makes a poor throw to first. That allowed Gennett to go all the way to third base while two runs score from Aramis Ramirez and Lyle Overbay.
Lohse wasn’t going to get the complete game win, though. After 100 pitches, manager Ron Roenicke walked to the mound in a chorus of boos after Lohse pitched 8 2/3 innings. Reliever Will Smith struck out Pedro Alvarez in three pitches.
The Brewers begin a three-game series against the Cardinals on Monday at 6:35pm on AM-550 FM-99.9 WSAU.