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Pirates lose 16th straight in Milwaukee

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The Milwaukee Brewers scored five runs in the eighth inning last night to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-5 at Miller Park.

After Ryan Braun homered in the first, Jeff Karstens drilled him in the back with a first-pitch fastball in the third inning.

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That prompted a warning to both benches from home plate umpire John Hirschbeck.

But when Brewers' catcher Jason Kendall was hit twice later on, Hirschbeck did not assume an intent and did not eject anyone.

They could have been signs of frustration for the Pirates, who lost their 13th straight to the Brewers and their 16th in a row at Miller Park.

Rickie Weeks and Mike Cameron also homered for the Brewers.

Prince Fielder's two-run single highlighted Milwaukee's game-winning rally in the eighth.

The Pirates had an 11-8 advantage in the hit department, but they went just 4 -16 with runners in scoring position.

Andy LaRoche doubled to extend his career-best hitting streak to 11 games.

Todd Coffey got the win in relief and closer Trevor Hoffman made his season debut after coming off a strained oblique muscle. He threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Tyler Yates took the loss, giving up three runs in just one-third of an inning. He's 0 -1.

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