The Pittsburgh Pirates have much bigger goals than simply earning their 81st win, but for a franchise that has been associated with losing for a generation, reaching the break-even mark would be a welcoming sign.
The Pirates try to get 81 wins for the first time in 21 years Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
Pittsburgh (80-57) retook the NL Central lead, moving a game ahead of St. Louis with a 5-2 victory over the Brewers (59-78) on Monday. With the win, the Pirates surpassed last season's victory total and put the team on the verge of avoiding its first losing season since going 96-66 to win the NL East in 1992.
Pittsburgh is also seeking four straight wins at Miller Park for the first time since 2002. The Pirates had lost 44 of 51 games in Milwaukee from 2007-2012.
"It's huge to scrap one out here, because they've kind of had our number the last couple of years," Pittsburgh shortstop Clint Barmes said.
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