Bryan Reynolds Powers Pirates to 8-6 Victory Over Brewers

Bryan Reynolds' 5-for-5 performance, including a homer and two doubles, led the Pirates to an 8-6 win over the Brewers. The Pirates' strong offense and pitching from Mitch Keller secured the victory despite a late-inning comeback attempt by the Brewers.

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Bryan Reynolds Powers Pirates to 8-6 Victory Over Brewers

Bryan Reynolds Powers Pirates to 8-6 Victory Over Brewers

On Monday night at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Bryan Reynolds put on a spectacular offensive display, going 5 for 5 with a homer and two doubles to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Reynolds' career-high performance, which included a 421-foot blast to center field in the ninth inning, proved crucial in securing the victory for the Pirates.

The Pirates also received strong contributions from starting pitcher Mitch Keller, who threw six shutout innings, scattering eight hits while striking out seven and walking none. Keller's stellar outing improved his ERA from 5.18 to 3.93. Jack Suwinski and Yasmani Grandal added to the Pirates' offensive output, each hitting two-run homers.

Despite trailing 7-2 in the eighth inning, the Brewers nearly staged a comeback, thanks in part to Jake Bauers delivering his first career grand slam. An error by Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz helped load the bases, setting the stage for Bauers' dramatic home run. "You've got to love our team," said Brewers manager Pat Murphy. "You've got to love them, the way they battled. That's a sign. We did a lot of things not-so-good, but we had an opportunity to win the game."

"That was back-and-forth and wild, but offensively we did a really good job and prevailed," said Pirates manager Derek Shelton. The Pirates managed to hold off the Brewers' late charge. In the ninth inning, Andruw Monasterio drew a one-out walk and stole second base, putting the potential tying run in scoring position. But Pirates reliever Hunter Stratton struck out Christian Yelich to preserve the lead.

The Brewers suffered another setback when Rhys Hoskins left the game in the second inning with an apparent right hamstring injury. Hoskins, who singled in his only at-bat, will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury. In other roster moves, the Brewers reinstated reliever Joel Payamps from the bereavement list and optioned right-hander Janson Junk to Triple-A Nashville. The Baltimore Orioles also claimed right-hander Corbin Martin off waivers from Milwaukee.

The Pirates and Brewers will continue their series on Tuesday night, with right-hander Quinn Priester (0-3, 3.86 ERA) starting for Pittsburgh and right-hander Joe Ross (1-4, 4.75 ERA) taking the mound for Milwaukee. Bryan Reynolds' five-hit performance, which matched a feat he previously accomplished in the minor leagues, proved to be the difference-maker in the Pirates' hard-fought victory over their division rivals.

Key Takeaways

  • Bryan Reynolds goes 5 for 5 with a homer and 2 doubles to lead Pirates to 8-6 win over Brewers.
  • Mitch Keller throws 6 shutout innings, scattering 8 hits and striking out 7.
  • Jake Bauers hits his first career grand slam in the 8th inning to spark Brewers' comeback attempt.
  • Pirates hold off Brewers' late charge, with Hunter Stratton striking out Christian Yelich to preserve lead.
  • Rhys Hoskins leaves game with apparent right hamstring injury, will undergo MRI on Tuesday.