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 drive in Josh Bell in the fourth. He made it 4-1 in the sixth with a two-run single, driving in Bell and Josh Harrison, and scored on a two-out single to right from Starling Marte, pushing it to 5-1.

Harrison, who was 2 for 2 with two walks, made it 6-1 with a double to left in the seventh.

ROSTER MOVES

Brewers: INF Nate Orf and RHP Jorge Lopez were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. RHP Freddy Peralta was optioned to Class-A Wisconsin. INF Eric Sogard was released.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: Manager Clint Hurdle said Pittsburgh is deciding whether to option OF Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis. Meadows did not start a fourth straight game Thursday since he went 1 for 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

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