Harrison’s single in the 11th lifts Pirates over Brewers 7-6

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Josh Harrison hit a winning single in the 11th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 Sunday and remain 2½ games behind St. Louis in the NL Central race.

With the score 6-6, pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa singled off Tyler Thornburg (0-1) and advanced when left fielder Shane Peterson bobbled the ball for an error. Pinch-runner Pedro Florimon moved to third on Jordy Mercer’s groundout, and Sean Rodriguez was hit by a pitch.

After a wild pitch advanced Rodriguez, Harrison lined a single to left. Harrison was playing because Starling Marte has stomach flu.

Pittsburgh opened a four-game margin for the NL wild-card lead over the Chicago Cubs, who start a four-game series at the Pirates on Tuesday.

Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and Jung Ho Kang had two hits apiece for the Pirates, and Pedro Alvarez hit his team-leading 23rd home run. Harrison went 8 for 19 as Pittsburgh won three of four in the series.

Jared Hughes (3-1) induced Scooter Gennett to hit into an inning-ending double play in the 11th after the Brewers put runners at the corners.

Khris Davis hit a two-run home run, his 20th, for the Brewers. Rookie first baseman Jason Rogers had a career-high four hits.

Down 6-1, the Pirates scored three runs in the fourth and two in the seventh.

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