Ryan Braun, batting leadoff for the first time in his big-league career, opened the game wirh a single and eventually scored on Jonathan Lucroy's sacrifice fly, but the 1-0 lead given Kyle Lohse did not survive the bottom of the first. Gregory Polanco doubled for the tying run and Marte singled for two go-ahead runs.
PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke confronted not only the Milwaukee Brewers but also his personal history when making repeat starts against a team, and defeated both Saturday night.
Locke had decisioned the Brewers eight days earlier in Miller Park, but this time he doubled-down in PNC Park. He had previously drawn the same opponent in consecutive starts three times in his career, and they'd roughed him up for 15 earned runs in 14 innings.
PITTSBURGH -- For a second straight night, the Buccos offense caught up with the team's other two, stellar aspects. If this has been a glimpse of an extended look, the rest of the National League Central may soon be trying to catch up to the Pirates.
The Pirates have excelled on the mound and with the gloves all season, and now the bats have fallen in line, with Starling Marte sounding reveille.
PITTSBURGH -- Charlie Morton's rehab route hit a slight detour Saturday, but this change in plans was a minor inconvenience for a veteran whose intention to open the season in the Bucs' rotation was foiled when he had to stay in Florida to continue recovery from fall labrum surgery.
The next leg on Morton's rehab route was supposed to be a Saturday outing against Yankees farmhands in an extended spring game. When "the other club cancelled," according to manager Clint Hurdle, Morton instead threw 55 pitches in a simulated game against Pirates Minor Leaguers.
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates and Brewers will wrap up their three-game series at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. ET. Right-hander Gerrit Cole is slated to start for Pittsburgh opposite Milwaukee's Matt Garza.
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PITTSBURGH -- Sean Rodriguez and Josh Harrison delivered RBI singles in the fifth inning Friday night to snap a 1-1 tie and Starling Marte added a two-run homer in the eighth as the Pirates downed the Brewers, 6-3.
Jimmy Nelson, who blanked Pittsburgh for seven innings on Saturday, again pitched well but received little support from a Milwaukee offense that continued to be challenged with men in scoring position, going 1-for-7 in those situations.
PITTSBURGH -- In the bottom of Friday's fourth inning, the Pirates did something they had not done since Monday's seventh inning: Score. The pressure on a pitcher immediately after his team scores is always pronounced, because few situations in baseball are as leveraged as the shutdown inning.
But the burden on Vance Worley after the Bucs had tied the Brewers at 1 in PNC Park was exponentially heavier due to the circumstances. How the right-hander responded to that challenge was the boldfaced part of the 6-3 victory.
PITTSBURGH -- For the first time since 2011, Andrew McCutchen did not come to bat in the first inning of a Pirates game. When he did get into the batter's box, he was sure to make the most of it.
McCutchen batted cleanup for the Bucs for the second time in four years. When he last did so in 2013, he still got his first-inning ups amidst a rally.
PITTSBURGH -- This was not the first time Tony Sanchez had been optioned to the Minor Leagues. Friday's news, however, was the toughest for the Pirates to deliver and for Sanchez to accept.
"It really stinks when you do everything they ask you to, and you still get sent out. But it's the nature of the beast," said Sanchez, who understood the necessity behind his fifth trip back to the Minors since his big league debut in June 2013.
PITTSBURGH -- At the dawn of his career, Jordy Mercer had a "dusk" moment. It was only his 69th career start at shortstop when the Pirates took the PNC Park field against the Reds on Sept. 20, 2013, just a mere game behind the Cardinals in the National League Central.
PITTSBURGH -- The Tigers rolled into PNC Park this week as an offensive juggernaut, averaging nearly eight runs per game the first week of the season.
Though the Pirates' lineup scuffled as the Bucs lost the three-game series, Pittsburgh's pitching staff emerged as an obvious bright spot for the club.
PITTSBURGH -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle shared three Jackie Robinson quotes in his daily email Wednesday morning. One of them in particular, he said, stands out every time he reads it.
"It's the one that, for me, always resonates with Jackie Robinson," Hurdle said before Wednesday night's game against the Tigers at PNC Park. "'A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.'"
PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Alfredo Simon threw eight shutout innings and center fielder Rajai Davis swatted the go-ahead hit for the second consecutive night as the Tigers beat the Pirates, 1-0, on Wednesday at PNC Park.
A night after right-hander Shane Greene efficiently shut down the Pirates for eight innings, Simon did the same, allowing two hits and striking out two as he breezed through the Bucs' lineup on 108 pitches.
PITTSBURGH -- Last year, the Pirates boasted one of the most patient and productive lineups in baseball. They led the National League with 520 walks and ranked fourth with 682 runs.
That hasn't been the case for the Bucs so far this season, particularly after getting shut out by the Tigers the last two nights at PNC Park.
PITTSBURGH -- The Tigers' 1-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park on Wednesday night was delayed for more than 10 minutes in the top of the ninth inning after home-plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit in the mask by a 3-2 pitch from Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon.
But the delay wasn't caused by Layne's injury -- though he did leave the game -- so much as the ensuing confusion about whether Miguel Cabrera had drawn a walk.
PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Charlie Morton and catcher Chris Stewart are making progress, with Stewart potentially nearing a return to the Pirates' active roster.
Stewart, recovering from a right hamstring strain, has played five games as part of his Minor League rehab assignment. The Bucs' backup catcher spent two games with Double-A Altoona and three with Triple-A Indianapolis, and the Pirates plan to speak with Stewart on Thursday to see how he's feeling.
LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.
Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
PITTSBURGH -- A.J. Burnett spent a year away from the Pirates, pitching last season for the Phillies, but he looked a lot like his old self Tuesday night in his return to PNC Park.
Burnett has been welcomed back with open arms at almost every turn this week. The crowd offered one of its loudest cheers for Burnett during Monday's pregame player introductions. They stood and cheered when he walked off the mound Tuesday night.
PITTSBURGH -- Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera drew the ire of nearly 32,000 fans at PNC Park on Tuesday night. It's not unusual for fans to dread seeing the two-time American League MVP face their team, but this had nothing to do with Cabrera's excellence at the plate.
During the fourth inning of Tuesday night's 2-0 Tigers' win, Pirates starter A.J. Burnett got Cabrera to swing and miss on a curveball in the dirt. Catcher Francisco Cervelli picked up the ball and tagged Cabrera in the chest to complete the strikeout.
PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Shane Greene fired eight innings of three-hit ball and Rajai Davis broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning as the Tigers beat the Pirates, 2-0, at PNC Park on Tuesday night.
Pirates starter A.J. Burnett received a warm welcome from the crowd of 31,755 in his return to Pittsburgh. The 38-year-old right-hander sailed through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh, issuing two one-out walks that quickly came back to haunt him.
PITTSBURGH -- Pirates closer Mark Melancon gave up three runs on four hits in the ninth inning of Monday's home opener at PNC Park, nearly letting the Tigers erase the Bucs' four-run lead.
But it wasn't his pitching line that came up Tuesday afternoon. It was his radar gun readings.
PITTSBURGH -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has mostly shrugged off any questions and concerns about his club's offense early on this season. And it's precisely for that reason: The season is barely a week old.
But the Pirates saw left fielder Starling Marte struggle enough through seven games to give him a day off Tuesday against the Tigers.
PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole pitched one-hit ball into the seventh inning and Josh Harrison, Pedro Alvarez and pinch-hitter Corey Hart homered, and the Pirates held on for a 5-4 win over the previously undefeated Tigers in Pittsburgh's home opener Monday afternoon.
Anibal Sanchez made 101 pitches without giving up a run in his first start Wednesday, but his first pitch this time was deposited in the right-center seats by Harrison to jump-start the Bucs in front of 39,933, a record regular-season crowd in PNC Park.
PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole on Monday was "the master craftsman he wants to be on the mound," as his manager put it. The only tool Cole lacked was a Shop-Vac.
Cole called it "frustrating" not being able to "clean my own mess up" in an eventual 5-4 victory over the Tigers. He referred to leaving reliever Jared Hughes in a bases-loaded, none-out dustup in the seventh inning of a game he and the Pirates led, 2-0, on PNC Park's Opening Day.
PITTSBURGH -- The Tigers were threatening to spoil the Pirates' joyous home opener Monday afternoon at PNC Park, seemingly stealing the Bucs' momentum in the top of the seventh inning by loading the bases with nobody out.
Eight pitches, a big double play and two home runs later, the Pirates had decisively swung the game back in their favor en route to a 5-4 victory.
PITTSBURGH -- Clint Hurdle sat in traffic for about 45 minutes Monday morning, spending most of that time within a few blocks of PNC Park. It was the kind of standstill that would send most people into a fit of road rage.
Not Hurdle -- not on Pittsburgh's Opening Day. After seven weeks of Spring Training and a week on the road to start the regular season, the Pirates returned home to PNC Park on Monday afternoon.