The Milwaukee Brewers scored 4 runs in the 8th inning to rally past the Pirates 9-7 to complete a three game sweep that shoves Pittsburgh in their Wild Card rear view mirror and with help from the Washington Nationals, the Crew is now the closest pursuer to the St. Louis Cardinals for that final playoff spot, trailing by two and a half games with 13 to play. In Thursday's finale at PNC park, Milwaukee roughed up Wandy Rodriguez for three runs in the first inning, Aramis Ramirez launching a two run homer. The lead was 4-0 until Pittsburgh started getting to Mike Fiers. Andrew McCutcheon drilled a three run homer in the bottom of the third and Kameron Loe gave up three more runs in the sixth. Down 7-4, Milwaukee rallied in the 8th as Rickie Weeks delivered a game tying two run triple and he came home on a Ramirez single. Milwaukee tacked on an insurance run in the ninth and John Axford closed it out for his 31st save. The Brewers stole four more bases giving them 12 in the series. They've won a season best five games in a row to get to 77-72, a half game better than the Dogers who lost to Washington 4-1. The Nationals clinched their first playoff berth with that victory, the first post-season appearance in the nation's capital since the Senators back in 1933. Milwaukee opens a four game series at Nationals Park against the team with the best record in the major leagues as Shaun Marcum faces Edwin Jackson Friday night.
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