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Lohse's winning streak ends with Pirates' 15-5 victory over Brewers

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Kyle Lohse was visibly upset when he walked off the mound Friday night.

However, by the time the game was over and his winning streak had come to such a resounding end,, the Milwaukee Brewers' right-hander was no longer upset.

"It's just better to look ahead after a game like this," Lohse said.

Russell Martin had three hits, including a three-run double during an eight-run sixth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 15-5 victory over the Brewers, handing Lohse, their nemesis, his first loss since April 1.

Lohse (7-2) had won seven consecutive decisions, the longest active streak in the major leagues, but was tagged for eight runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. That came five days after he pitched a three-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs.

Lohse had won his last six decisions against the Pirates, dating to 2011, including two this season. He still has an 11-3 career record against them.

"I could go inning by inning about everything that went wrong but it was just one of those games where they hit good pitches and they hit bad pitches," Lohse said. "The best thing to do is forget about it and get ready for the next one. That's the approach I took after I threw the shutout and that's the approach this time."

Martin's double keyed an inning that increased Pittsburgh's lead to 13-3 and included Jose Tabata hitting two RBI singles and reliever Tyler Thornburg issuing two bases-loaded walks. The Pirates sent 13 batters to the plate as they won for the sixth time in eight games but beat the NL Central-leading Brewers for just the third time in 11 meetings this season.

"We were able to barrel some balls and we took some walks," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "The hits were nice, the walks were kind of runaway walks. Not many pitches were close in the walk sequence. It is what it is."

Pittsburgh got within six games of the Brewers, who have lost three of four.

"Anytime in the season where you can just feed off each other like that, it's going to be a fun time," Martin said. "Especially against a team that we're trailing right now. If you can beat up on a good team, it definitely does give you confidence."

Thornburg gave up Martin's double, a drive off the fence in centre, and was charged with five runs in one inning.

"We had some guys down in our bullpen so I had to leave Tyler out there for the whole inning," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "If I had to take him out, we would have been in trouble for possibly a few days."

Rookie Brandon Cumpton (1-2) allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings after giving up 11 runs — the most by a major league pitcher this season — in 3 2-3 innings in losing his previous start at the Los Angeles Dodgers last Saturday.

Andrew McCutchen homered and doubled for the Pirates while Jordy Mercer homered and hit an RBI single.

Carlos Gomez, Aramis Ramirez and Scooter Gennett all had two hits for the Brewers.

NOTES: Milwaukee LHP Tom Gorzelanny, who is rehabbing from off-season shoulder surgery, pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings for Triple-A Nashville on Friday night at Memphis in a PCL game and has allowed two runs in 14 innings in nine games. He likely won't be ready to be activated from the DL when his 30-day rehab assignment ends next Friday, though. . Pittsburgh LF Starling Marte, who is hitless in his last 20 at-bats, did not start for a third straight game. Tabata took his place for a second straight game. . Pirates RHP Stolmy Pimentel, who is on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, pitched three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Double-A Altoona against Trenton in the Eastern League. . RHP Vin Mazzaro accepted an outright assignment by Pittsburgh to Triple-A Indianapolis after clearing waivers. He was designated for assignment May 26. . Brewers RHP Matt Garza (3-4, 4.42) faces RHP Edinson Volquez (3-4, 4.25) on Saturday.

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