MILWAUKEE – Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo tossed eight scoreless innings and provided the game’s only run with a seventh-inning homer as the Pirates lost their 18th game in a row at Miller Park, 1-0, on Wednesday afternoon.
The Pirates have lost 15 in a row to the Brewers dating to last May.
Gallardo’s homer off Ian Snell (1-2) in the seventh broke open a pitcher’s duel between the two right-handers.
Gallardo allowed two hits — a double by Andy LaRoche in the fifth and a double by Robinzon Diaz in the eighth – while striking out a career-high 11 and walking one. Carlos Villanueva pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out Adam LaRoche to end the game, for his second save.
No Pirate baserunner advanced past second base, as the Pirates were shutout for the second time this season. Snell, who threw a career-high 131 pitches, allowed one earned run on five hits in seven innings.
The Pirates, who dropped to one game above .500, are off Thursday before playing the Reds in a three-game series beginning Friday at PNC Park.
By John Grupp