MILWAUKEE -- With a couple of regulars out of the lineup, the Milwaukee Brewers makeshift lineup Wednesday night seemed destined to fall victim to Pittsburgh's red-hot lefty Francisco Liriano.
But as the funny game of baseball would have it, the Brewers pounced on Liriano for seven runs in three innings and rolled to a 9-3 victory, snapping a five-game losing streak and preventing their first winless homestand since 2010.
The win also prevented the Pirates from clinching their first winning season in 21 years, a minor victory in what has otherwise been a tough homestand.
"(Baseball) is hard to figure out," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Every time I try to do it, it doesn't seem to go that way. Liriano has been having a great year.
"I don't know if it was location that was off or we were hitting some good pitches, but it was sure nice to see. I was thinking if Wily (Peralta) could hold them down and we could score two or three, maybe we could get him."
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