Pirates Raid Brewers, 9-0

McLouth homers into the river, Armas sends Milwaukee downstream
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2007 9:45 AM CDT
Milwaukee Brewers' Mel Stocker, left, and Manny Parra sit in the dugout as their team bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning of the baseball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Sept. 10, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tony Armas pitched a career-maker for Pittsburgh last night, shutting out the Brewers over six innings and helping the Pirates ferment the tight NL Central division race. Nate McLouth started things big for the Pirates, hitting the 1000th home run at PNC Park into the river, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports.

Carlos Villanueva, who pitched dominantly for the first four innings, drew the loss, though it was the Brewers bullpen that gave up the final seven runs. The Brewers fell to a tie for the division lead with the Cubs. Pittsburgh, who gave them that lead by trouncing Chicago on Sunday, is a distant 9 1/2 games back.