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Pittsburgh explodes early, Milwaukee ends 17-game win streak over Pirates

The Pirates scored six runs in the first two innings last night to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 in Pittsburgh.

The start of the game was delayed two hours and 10 minutes by rain.

Both benches emptied in the eighth when Brewers' reliever Chris Smith hit Pirates pitcher' Jeff Karstens in the elbow with a fastball after Karstens had injured Ryan Braun's back with a pitch in April.

No punches were thrown, and there were no ejections. And when the dust settled, the Pirates had ended their 17-game losing streak to Milwaukee which dated back to May of last year.

ut the Brewers did not lose any ground in the pennant race. They're still a game behind the second-place Chicago Cubs and three behind St. Louis in the NL Central, after both those teams lost as well.

The brawl overshadowed the arrival of new Brewers' infielder Felipe Lopez, who came in during the rain delay after being traded by Arizona.

He started at second base, went 4-4 from the leadoff spot with a triple and a walk, scored a run, made two outs on the bases, and committed an error.

Delwyn Young hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Mike Burns who gave up six runs in three frames, and took the loss to go 2-3.

Garrett Jones also homered for Pittsburgh, and Braun hit a two-run blast for Milwaukee.

Ross Ohlendorf got the win, giving up two runs in five innings. He's now 8-7.

The Brewers have lost three of five since the All-Star break, and they'll play at Pittsburgh again tonight.

Right-hander Braden Looper will face Pirates' righty Virgil Vasquez.