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Pina hits 2 HRs, drives in 5 runs as Brewers sweep Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman John Nogowski pitches in relief during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 29, 2021. The Brewers won 12-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Manny Pina hit two homers and drove in a career-high five runs as the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-0 on Thursday night.

Pina hit his sixth home run of the season off reliever Chris Stratton to cap a five-run sixth inning for the Brewers.

He added a two-run homer in the eighth.

The Brewers outscored Pittsburgh 28-3 while sweeping the series. Milwaukee has won five of its last six and increased its lead over second-place Cincinnati to seven games in the NL Central.

Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta (8-3) allowed only two hits and three baserunners. He struck out five and needed just 68 pitches to get through six innings.

In the fifth, Willy Adames beat out an infield single and scored on a Rowdy Tellez double that chased Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl (3-6).

Tyrone Taylor followed with an RBI double, Lorenzo Cain walked and Pina hit a drive to the second row of seats in the bleachers in left.

Tellez added a solo home run in the seventh off Stratton, an estimated 410-foot blast to the visitor’s bullpen in left-center.

Kuhl yielded three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings and struck out five. Stratton gave up four runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Pina’s second home run came after Cain reached on an error in the eighth. It was the second multi-homer game of Pina’s career.

He finished 3 for 5.

Cain hit a two-run single and Pablo Reyes roped an RBI double in the ninth off usual Pirates first baseman John Nogowski, who pitched with the game already out of hand.

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