MILWAUKEE — Lefty Tony Watson endured a 35-pitch outing last night and served up Cody Ransom’s game-winning grand slam in the eighth. It was Watson’s first outing since July 1, although he still leads the bullpen with 37 appearances this season. Righty batters, such as Ransom, are hittnig .204 against Watston. “He arguably has been one of our best guys to get right-handers out. He just made a bad pitch,” manager Clint Hurdle said. It was Watson’s first loss since July 31, 2011, and snapped a string of six victories. It also was only the fourth time in his past nine outings that Watson has worked a full inning.
»»» After throwing so many pitches last night, Watson might not be available tonight. Hurdle said it’s a game-time decision. RHP Brad Lincoln, who worked two innings last night, is definitely not available today, Hurdle said.
»»» Kevin Correia is riding a three-game winning streak, one shy of his career high (2009 and 2010). Since the start of last year, Correia has won 13 road starts, which is tied for second-most among NL pitchers (Roy Halladay has won 14).
Game 87: Pirates @ Brewers, 7:10 p.m. ET
Pirates (48-38): 1. Drew Sutton lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Casey McGehee 1b, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Michael McKenry c, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Kevin Correia rhp (5-6, 4.34)
Brewers (41-45): 1. Norichika Aokie rf, 2. Travis Ishikawa 1b, 3. Ryan Braun lf, 4. Aramis Ramirez 3b, 5. Corey Hart rf, 6. Rickie Weeks 2b, 7. Martin Maldonado c, 8. Cesar Izturis ss, 9. Marco Estrada rhp (0-3, 4.06)