Division Watch: Pirates win 7th straight - KMOV.com

Division Watch: Pirates win 7th straight

(BaseballStL) -- An unlikely scene unfolded at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday: the Pirates were trailing 3-0 in a game.

The NL Central division cellar dwelling Milwaukee Brewers jumped on the Pirates’ starter Gerrit Cole for the three-run lead before Pittsburgh even came to bat.

The Brewers scored their first run after Aramis Ramirez was plunked by a 97 MPH fastball with the bases loaded. Jonathan Lucroy then hit into a double play to score a run before Juan Francisco singled another run in the first inning.

It didn’t take long for the Pirates to answer back, and in a big way.

The Pirates would chase Brewers starter Johnny Hellweg, who was making his season debut, in the second inning after scoring seven runs.

So after two innings of play, the Pirates were sitting comfortably with a 7-3 lead and looking for their 26th win at home.

The Pirates would score a run in each in the third, sixth and eighth innings to extend the lead to 10-3, which would hold up to be the final score.

The win marked the seventh consecutive victory for the Pirates, who entered Friday tied for the division lead with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Pirates have a great chance at claiming the division lead from the Cardinals, who play the Oakland Athletics, after this weekend series. Only the Miami Marlins have a worse record than the Brewers.

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