MILWAUKEE—Taylor Jungmann pitched six strong innings and the Milwaukee Brewers swept Pittsburgh 5-3 Thursday night, beating the Pirates for the sixth straight time.
The three losses at Miller Park dropped the Pirates 6½ games behind the NL Central-leading Cardinals. Pittsburgh opens a three-game series at St. Louis on Friday night.
Domingo Santana homered for Milwaukee, which has outscored the Pirates 39-18 during its run. The fourth-place Brewers play four times at PNC Park next week.
Jungmann (9-5) gave up one run and three hits. In three starts against the Pirates this season, he is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings.
Jungmann struggled early, throwing 50 pitches in the first two innings. He walked a batter, hit another and threw a wild pitch in the second.
Francisco Rodriguez closed for his 33rd save in 34 chances.
Francisco Liriano (9-7) took the loss. He gave up an RBI double to Khris Davis in the fifth that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.
Milwaukee added two more runs in the sixth, the first on Hernan Perez’s triple. Elian Herrera followed with what initially was ruled a two-run homer, but was changed to a double after an umpire’s crew chief review.
Jordy Mercer and Jung Ho Kang drove in runs in the seventh to cut the Brewers’ lead to 4-3.
Santana hit a leadoff home run in the eighth.