MLB: Davies improves to 7-0 as Brewers beat Pirates

Milwaukee starting pitcher Zach Davies throws during the first inning against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Davies became the first Milwaukee starter to win his first seven decisions in a season as the Brewers beat the Pirates 5-3.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Davies became the first Milwaukee starter to win his first seven decisions in a season, hanging on for five innings Saturday before the Brewers’ bullpen finished off a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ryan Braun had an RBI single in the fourth that put the Brewers ahead to stay. Mike Moustakas hit his 19th home run and pinch-hitter Manny Piña added a late homer.

Milwaukee moved a season-high nine games over .500 and beat the Pirates for the fifth time in six games this year.

Davies (7-0) gave up seven hits and left with a 4-3 lead.

Four relievers blanked the Pirates on one hit, with Josh Hader striking out the side in the ninth for his 15th save.

Pirates starter Jordan Lyles lasted only three innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks.

Lorenzo Cain walked and scored on Braun’s tiebreaking single off Michael Feliz (2-2).

Piña added an insurance run in the eighth with his homer off Francisco Liriano.

Braun and Moustakas each had two hits.

Colin Moran hit his ninth homer of the year for the Pirates. Rookie Bryan Reynolds extended his hitting streak to a major league-high 16 games with a single in the third.

Ringing the bell

Pirates first baseman Josh Bell brought home a run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the third. Bell has 57 RBIs this season, the most in baseball.

Trainer’s room

Pirates: RHP Rookie Davis (blister on right middle finger) has been put on the 10-day injured list. ... RHP Trevor Williams (right side strain) threw a four-out simulated game. Manager Clint Hurdle says it was Williams’ first simulated action since being placed on the injured list May 17. Williams says he felt no residual pain. Hurdle says Williams threw 64 pitches, including a breaking ball, changeup, four-seam fastball and two-seam fastball. Hurdle says “it was a good first day as far as getting him back.”

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