PITTSBURGH — Yovani Gallardo gave up two hits in 62/3 innings, and the surging Brewers dropped the weary Pirates 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Gallardo won his eighth straight decision as Milwaukee moved in front of fading Pittsburgh in the jumbled National League wild-card race. The teams entered the day 21/2 games back of the Cardinals, who played the Astros later.
Ryan Braun had two hits, an RBI and three steals for the Brewers, who have won six of seven. Milwaukee's seven stolen bases were the most by the franchise since it moved to the NL in 1998. Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy had three hits apiece for the Brewers.
A.J. Burnett's six solid innings couldn't stop Pittsburgh's late swoon. The Pirates are 4-12 this month.
While the Pirates have stumbled, the Brewers have surged. Milwaukee trailed Pittsburgh by nine games during its last visit to PNC Park in late August.