Game of the Day: Pirates 2, Brewers 1: Pirates beat Brewers, win 9th game in a row

2013-07-01T00:00:00Z Game of the Day: Pirates 2, Brewers 1: Pirates beat Brewers, win 9th game in a rowThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PITTSBURGH - As Gaby Sanchez "trucked" around third some 6 1/2 hours after the game began, one thought went through his head.

"'This is enough,'" the 216-pound first baseman said after the game. "'I'm tired. It's been a long day.'"

Then Sanchez laughed. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been doing an awful lot of that lately.

Pinch-hitter Russell Martin singled home Sanchez for the winning run in the 14th inning and the Pirates earned their ninth straight victory, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 Sunday.

The Pirates extended their longest winning streak since 2004. Pittsburgh reached the midpoint of its season with the best record in the majors at 51-30.

"It's fun right now," said Martin. "Obviously, winning is fun, but just being on a team with a bunch of guys who play with their hearts out there and enjoy the game, it's definitely been a pleasure."

Sanchez led off the 14th with an infield single. With one out, he stole second for his first steal in more than a year. After a walk, Martin hit a soft liner to center off Francisco Rodriguez.

"I guess he felt fresh today for some reason," Martin said with a wry smile. "We're just grinding."

Vin Mazzaro pitched five perfect innings. He was among six Pirates relievers who combined for 11 scoreless innings after Charlie Morton was pulled following a rain delay.

Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon each pitched a scoreless inning following Mazzaro - allowing a total of two hits and no walks.

"It feels like they all throw 110 mph, and they've all got good stuff," Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer said. "They know what they're doing."

Bidding for the franchise's first winning season or playoff berth in 21 years, Pittsburgh enters July with the most wins in the majors. The crowd of 35,351 was about three 3,000 shy of capacity, snapping the PNC Park-record sellout streak of five games.

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