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Pérez Plagued by Long Ball as Pirates Get Pummeled by Brewers

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Martin Perez, Pittsburgh Pirates

Martín Pérez had a start for the Pittsburgh Pirates that he’d like to forget.

Pérez (1-3) allowed nine runs on 11 hits including five home runs in five-plus innings pitched as the Pirates were walloped 10-2 by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon at American Family Field.

After the Pirates (19-25) jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Connor Joe sacrifice fly in the top of the third, the Brewers (26-17) responded with a three-run home run from William Contreras. It was the first of a reoccurring theme.

Later in the inning, Gary Sánchez connected on a two-run home run to extend the Brewers’ lead to 5-1.

The following inning, Sal Frelick hit a solo shot before Joey Ortiz did the same in the fifth. Jackson Chourio then hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning.

The Brewers scored their 10th run on a Contreras RBI-triple off of Luis Ortiz later on in the sixth.

In the top of the seventh inning, Andrew McCutchen belted a solo home run deep to left field. The Pirates’ designated hitter finished the game with three hits in four at-bats. Joey Bart also had a multi-hit performance, finishing the game 2 for 4.

Brewers rookie Robert Gasser (2-0) threw five innings and allowed one run.

Up Next

The Pirates head to Chicago for the start of a four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday night. Jared Jones (2-4, 2.68 ERA) will start for Pittsburgh. The Cubs have not announced a starter. First pitch: 7:40 ET.

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