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LAD@MIL: Gallardo fans seven over six strong frames

Miller Park hasn't been kind to Wandy Rodriguez throughout his career. It hasn't been a friend of the Pirates, either.

But Yovani Gallardo seems to enjoy pitching against Pittsburgh, and the Brewers will always welcome their divisional foes to their home field with open arms. The Pirates are now 9-47 in their past 56 contests at Miller Park after Saturday's 5-2 win over the Brewers.

Rodriguez is 3-8 lifetime in Milwaukee, a trend he'll hope to reverse in Sunday's rubber match. He was roughed up for seven runs on six hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings in Milwaukee on April 29.

Gallardo, who is 10-3 with a 2.52 ERA against the Pirates in his career, will have to slow down a red-hot Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen hit a solo home run in the first inning Saturday, and is now 13-for-29 in his past seven games.

"If you miss a little bit, he gets to it, and he drives it out of the ballpark," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "There are not many spots you can go with him because of the bat speed."

Gallardo will also have to best Neil Walker. Walker homered Saturday and is 4-for-8 with three RBIs in the first two games of the series after going 1-for-16 in his previous five games.

The Pirates clinched a winning month on the heels of a winning April -- against the Brewers, a club they've struggled against for the last few seasons.

"The depth has never been better. I love the work the bullpen is doing," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said last week. "Offensively, our lineup's never been deeper, and we've still got some guys capable of doing more. I like the direction we're headed, the effort and the attitude."

Brewers: Bullpen suffers setback
• Brewers closer Jim Henderson was evaluated further Saturday after injuring his hamstring in the ninth inning Friday and placed on the 15-day disabled list. A corresponding roster move will be made Sunday. Francisco Rodriguez finished off the Pirates to pick up his first save of the season Friday.

"I have no idea what's going to happen, so I have to be ready and continue to pitch the way we've been pitching the last eight games, nine games," Rodriguez said Friday. "I feel strong. I just got to continue working, because I still have plenty of work to do."

• The Brewers won their first game of the season when scoring three runs or fewer on Friday night.

Pirates: McCutchen, Marte showing speed
• McCutchen and Starling Marte have 24 of the Pirates' 29 stolen bases this season. McCutchen has been caught stealing twice -- once on April 5 and once Saturday -- in 14 tries.

"It was something he had put down on his to-do list," Hurdle said of McCutchen's improvement on the basepaths.

McCutchen stole 20 bases in 32 tries last season.

"It's not just the number of bags. It's stealing them when you need them. And he's been very good from that aspect," Hurdle said.

• McCutchen is the first Pirate to hit three straight home runs against the same pitcher -- he did it off Mike Fiers -- since Barry Bonds off Jamie Moyer from 1988-1991.

Worth noting
• After losing Friday and winning Saturday, the Pirates are now 6-10 in the first game of a series this season and 24-9 in all others.

• The Brewers are 3-10 in the third game of a series this season.

• Milwaukee hasn't won a series since April 29-May 1 against the Pirates. The club is 0-5-1 since.

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