Thirteen inning ball game: Brewers win 6-4 against Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — Logan Shafer singled home Nevin Ashley with the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th and the Milwaukee Brewers spoiled A.J. Burnett’s return with a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.

Luis Sardinas added an insurance run off Radhames Liz (1-4) with a single as the Brewers beat the Pirates for the seventh straight time despite twice having late leads erased by Pittsburgh home runs.

Andrew McCutchen’s 22nd of the season tied it in the eighth. Gregory Polanco’s solo shot off Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez tied it again in the 12th after the Brewers had gone up on an RBI single by Ryan Braun.

Rodriguez (1-3) got the win after blowing the save. Kyle Lohse earned the second save of his 15-year career.

Burnett gave up three first-inning runs his return from a lengthy stay on the disabled list with a strained right elbow. Pittsburgh remained 4 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the NL Central.