Volquez tries to stay hot vs. Brewers
(SportsNetwork.com) - Edinson Volquez has been on a hot streak. The Pittsburgh Pirates hope they can continue the momentum from a strong offensive output when they continue a three-game series against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park.
Volquez is 2-0 over his last three starts and is coming off a triumph at Dodger Stadium Sunday. He has not given up more than two runs in any of his last three starts. The righty is 6-3 with a 4.57 ERA in 14 career starts against Milwaukee.
Matt Garza counters for the Brewers. The right-hander is coming off a victory against the Twins on Monday when he allowed six hits over 6 1/3 shutout innings. He's 1-2 with a 4.36 ERA in six career starts against the Pirates.
Last night, Russell Martin drove in four runs and the Pirates routed the Brewers 15-5. Martin, who hit a three-run double during an eight-run sixth inning, finished 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored. Jordy Mercer supplied three RBI, including a home run, for the Pirates, who have won four of their last five.
The last time that the Pirates scored 15 runs was on July 21, 2010, which was also against the Brewers.
"Anytime in the season where you are kind of able to just feed off each other like that, it's going to be a fun time, especially against a team we're trailing right now," Martin said. "If you can beat up on a good team it definitely builds a little confidence."
Brandon Cumpton (1-2) earned the win after allowing eight hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Khris Davis had two RBI for Milwaukee. Kyle Lohse (7-2), who entered the game with wins in his last seven decisions, was pounded for eight runs on nine hits across five-plus frames.
"It was just a bad night all around," Lohse said. "Everything just kind of went their way tonight."
With a victory today, the Pirates would move to 5-0-1 over their last six series played at PNC Park.
Despite last night's win, the Pirates are 3-8 against Milwaukee this season.
06/07 10:29:34 ET