Yovani tsunami capsizes Pirates in 4-0 plundering
APPITTSBURGH -- Yovani Gallardo pitched seven sharp innings to beat Pittsburgh once again and Aramis Ramirez homered against his former team as the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Pirates 4-0 Thursday night.
August 31, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The Pirates fell one game behind NL Central-leading St. Louis. The Cardinals were idle, and start a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Making his Pirates' debut, catcher John Buck went 3 for 3 as he subbed behind the plate while starter Russell Martin got the night off. Pittsburgh acquired Buck and outfielder Marlon Byrd from the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Gallardo (10-9) allowed six hits and one walk while striking out five. He improved his career record against the Pirates to 11-4, including 5-2 at PNC Park.
Ramirez hit his ninth home run of an injury-marred season. He broke into the major leagues with Pittsburgh in 1998, and hit his 350th career homer Tuesday in the series opener.
Rookie Gerrit Cole (6-7) pitched a career-high 7 1-3 innings in his 14th start. He allowed four runs and 10 hits.
Nationals 9, Marlins 0 Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond each hit a three-run homer, leading Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals over Miami.
Bryce Harper also homered as the Nationals won for the eighth time in nine games. They pulled within 6 1/2 games of idle Cincinnati for the second NL wild-card slot.