Brew Crew help themselves out of the cellar; Villanueva losts starting spot
The Milwaukee Brewers jumped out of last place in the National League Central after beating the Pirates in Pittsburgh last night, 7-2.
Manny Parra got his first win in eight starts, while the Brewer offense pounded out 14 hits.
All cylinders were clicking for the first time in a long time, as Milwaukee ended a five-game losing streak.
The Brewers had a shut-out going until the ninth, when Jason Bay hit a two-run homer off closer Eric Gagne.
Parra gave up four hits and struck out six in five-and-two-thirds innings, to improve his record to 2-2.
Mike Cameron went 3-4 with a two-run blast and Corey Hart homered and singled.
Paul Maholm took the loss, giving up four runs in six-and-a-third innings and is now 2-5.
Pittsburgh managed only six hits in losing its second straight game.
Milwaukee and the Pirates are now tied for fourth place in the Central division, a half-game ahead of Cincinnati and 6.5 behind the front-running Chicago Cubs.
The Brewers and Pirates will play again tonight (Wednesday) at PNC Park. Right-hander Ben Sheets will face Pittsburgh right-hander Ian Snell.
Villanueva loses spot
Carlos Villanueva has lost his spot in the Brewers' starting rotation.
Manager Ned Yost has replaced him with long-reliever Seth McClung, who's now scheduled to start on Saturday against the Nationals in Washington.
Villanueva is 2-5 with a 6.43 ERA and he has given up 12 home runs, the third-highest in the National League.
Villanueva has given up 22 runs and eight homers in his last 20 innings and is 1-3 this month.
Yost says he's had success in the bullpen and he believes Villanueva will do better there.
McClung has an E-R-A of just over 3.5 in 20.33 innings. He pitched one-and-a-third-innings of scoreless relief in last night's Brewer win at Pittsburgh.
Also, Yost decided to give starter Jeff Suppan an extra day of rest, because his last start was delayed for a day by rain at Boston. Suppan will now pitch on Friday at Washington instead of Thursday at Pittsburgh. Right-hander Dave Bush will start tomorrow night's contest.