Hart's walk-off home run lifts Brewers over Pirates
Milwaukee Brewers' Corey Hart hits a game winning home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) ORG XMIT: WIJP116 Image by JEFFREY PHELPS
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Corey Hart homered to lead off the ninth inning and lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.
The win was the Brewers second straight over the Pirates and the team's 10th win in its last 12 games. The Pirates lost for the ninth time in the last 12 games as Pittburgh continues to try to stay in the National League Wild Card playoff race.
Leading off the ninth inning, Hart hit the second pitch he saw from Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (4-1) for his 26th home run of the season into the Brewers bullpen in left field. It was his third career game-ending home run.
John Axford (5-7), who got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth inning by striking out Alex Presley, got the win for the Brewers.