Brewers win second game of series against Pirates 8-5

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MILWAUKEE — Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis homered as the Milwaukee Brewers took full advantage of a late lineup change to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 on Saturday night.

Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano was scratched minutes before the game began due to neck stiffness. Sudden starter Vance Worley (3-5) gave up five runs — all with two outs — in four innings.

Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson (7-9) fell into a 3-0 hole before recording an out, but sparked Milwaukee’s rally with a two-run single in the second.

Lucroy hit a go-ahead, two-run shot in the fourth. Ramirez had three hits, including a homer in the fifth, and Davis added a pinch-hit blast in the seventh.

Francisco Rodriguez converted his 21st save in as many tries.