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Pirates win in walk-off fashion for 2nd straight game to complete sweep of Brewers


For the second straight day, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers were tied heading into the bottom of the ninth. Although this time, extra innings were required to settle things.

On Wednesday, Bryan Reynolds hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to set the Pirates up for a chance at their second sweep of 2022. Thursday, in front of a crowd of 13,485 at PNC Park, it was a wild pitch by Matt Bush with the bases loaded that allowed the Pirates to pick up the 5-4 win, completing the sweep of their divisional rival in back-to-back walk-off fashion.

With the score tied 3-3, Pirates reliever Duane Underwood Jr. allowed a run in the top of the 10th, hitting Kolten Wong with the bases loaded and putting Milwaukee up by one.

But to begin the bottom of the 10th, Reynolds hit a ground-rule double to even the score at 4-4.

In another bases-loaded situation, Michael Chavis was at the plate when Bush uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Reynolds to score the winning run.

Colin Holderman, who pitched a clean eighth inning and was tasked to keep things in hand in the ninth, ran in to trouble following a leadoff double by Wong.

But with one out and the bases loaded, Ke’Bryan Hayes gloved a grounder down the line by pinch hitter Tyrone Taylor, and turned it into a double play.

The Pirates got some good early looks against Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff.

Oneil Cruz struck out swinging with runners on the corners to end the first inning, but in the bottom of the second, Greg Allen scored on a passed ball that popped out of catcher Victor Caratini’s glove, which also walked Tucapita Marcano.

But it was in the seventh inning that the Pirates really got to Woodruff.

Allen walked to begin the inning and moved to third on Jason Delay’s second hit of the game, a single to left field. Marcano, batting leadoff, battled back from a 0-2 count to line an opposite-field single into left, scoring Allen .

Marcano’s RBI — Wednesday he was 3 for 4 with an RBI after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis — led to Woodruff’s departure after 6 1/3 innings.

Shortly thereafter, with two outs and Brad Boxberger on the mound, Ben Gamel scored Delay on a sharply hit ball to right, tying the score 3-3.

Following his gaffe earlier in the game, Caratini redeemed himself. Leading off the top of the third, crushed a 2-1 pitch from Zach Thompson over the Clemente Wall to even the score at 1-1.

Despite striking out five, which tied for the second-most Thompson has registered this season and the most since May 8, he exited the game early in the fifth inning.

After allowing a leadoff double to Hunter Renfrow, Thompson surrendered another home run, this time to Mike Brosseau.

Lefty reliever Eric Stout was brought in and closed out the inning.

Thompson, who had allowed seven earned runs in back-to-back starts leading into Thursday, threw 75 pitches, allowing four hits with a walk in 4 1/3 innings.

Through 19 starts for the Pirates this season, Thompson has failed to make it through five innings eight times.

Stout, who stayed in the game and pitched the sixth inning, went 1 2/3 innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out a pair.

Following Stout, lefty reliever Yohan Ramirez made his Pirates debut in the seventh, striking out the first batter he faced, Brosseau, looking.

Justin Guerriero is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Justin by email at jguerriero@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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