Clean sweep: Brewers beat Pirates 5-3 in final game of series

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MILWAUKEE — Taylor Jungmann pitched six strong innings and the Milwaukee Brewers swept Pittsburgh 5-3 Thursday night, beating the Pirates for the sixth straight time.

The three losses at Miller Park dropped the Pirates 6½ games behind the NL East-leading Cardinals. Pittsburgh opens a three-game series at St. Louis on Friday night.

Domingo Santana homered for Milwaukee, which has outscored the Pirates 39-18 during its run.

Jungmann (9-5) gave up one run and three hits. In three starts against the Pirates this season, he is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings.

Francisco Rodriguez closed for his 33rd save in 34 chances.

Francisco Liriano (9-7) took the loss.