Brewers Sweep Pirates; Stay in Wild Card Race

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 20: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 20, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Brewers clinched a three-game sweep, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7 Thursday at PNC Park, keeping a chance in the race for a NL Wild Card spot.

The Milwaukee Brewers clinched a three-game sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning 9-7 Thursday at PNC Park and keeping a chance in the race for a NL Wild Card spot. Pittsburgh was ahead 7-4 after the sixth inning, but their bullpen allowed four runs in the eighth, allowing the Brewers to make an improbable comeback.

Aramis Ramirez slammed a two-run blast in the first inning and the go-ahead single in the eighth, right after a double by Norichika Aoki and a triple by Rickie Weeks.

The Brewers won despite leaving a total of 11 men stranded for the game. Pirates righty Chris Resop carried the loss after allowing three hits in barely ⅓ of an inning.

Manny Parra and Francisco Rodriguez combined for two shutout innings of work, and John Axford got his 31st save of the year, striking out three in the bottom of the ninth.

Milwaukee has won five games in a row, 23 of their last 29, and is 2½ games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the Senior Circuit's second Wild Card.

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