Brewers, Pirates continue long series in Pittsburgh

The Milwaukee Brewers gave their pitching staff a little bit of a new look Thursday during a busy stretch heading into the All-Star Authentic Billy Price Jersey break, with less than stellar results.
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The Brewers (55-39) opened a five-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (44-49) at PNC Park Thursday with a 6-3 loss. Milwaukee was coming Cody Kessler Jersey off a series at Miami that included a couple extra-inning games and taxed the bullpen.

He got into several jams in his last start, a 10-3 win Sunday against Atlanta. First baseman Jesus Aguilar started two double plays, among other defensive help the right-hander got as he gave up just one run in six innings despite allowing seven hits and three walks.

I credit (his teammates) for making him work a little bit, Counsell said. But he still kept it together and made big pitches with guys on base early in the game.

Guerra is 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA in eight career games, six of them starts, against Pittsburgh. He took the loss in his only start against the Pirates this season, allowing six hits and five runs over five innings in a 6-4 defeat on May 4.

He is 0-0 with a 2.81 ERA in four career games, three starts, at PNC Park.

On Wednesday and Thursday, right-handers Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton each failed to survive the fifth inning, as Oakland hitters made both labor with a patient, tenacious approach.

Obviously, we’re disappointed that we lose the series but we get on to the next one, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Three more before the break, but we got outplayed this series.

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (6-8, 3.95 ERA) gets the starting nod for Houston on Friday. He has worked seven innings in each of his previous two starts, going 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in those two. Keuchel allowed no earned runs over consecutive starts against the Kansas City Royals in mid-to-late June, and is 3-2 with a 4.65 ERA over seven career appearances (six starts) against the Tigers. Keuchel last faced Detroit on July 28, 2017, allowing three runs on six hits over three innings.