After early brawl, Pirates lose in 14th to Brewers

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pirates aren’t accustomed to seeing closer Jason Grilli struggle. They are, however, plenty familiar with Ryan Braun punishing them.

Braun homered off Grilli for a second consecutive game, hitting a tying shot in the ninth and sending the Milwaukee Brewers toward a 3-2, 14-inning win Sunday.

Khris Davis hit the go-ahead homer in the 14th, long after the Brewers and Pittsburgh got into a punch-filled brawl.

Both of Braun’s homers ruined save opportunities for Grilli, an All-Star last season.

“It is the first time in two years-plus that he’s had back-to-back bad marks,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “This is going to show where everybody is with Grilli. Do his teammates and fans jump off the boat or not?”

Grilli has blown three of seven save opportunities this season. He converted his first 25 save opportunities last season.

It was Braun’s 26th career home run against the Pirates, tied with the Houston Astros for his most against a single opponent.

Davis hit a solo shot off Jeanmar Gomez (0-1).

There had already been plenty of big blows before that deciding homer.

Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected after a shouting match quickly escalated in the third inning.

The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat to watch his two-out drive off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.

Gomez said he thought the ball would be caught. Instead, it hit the wall and he sped into third base, making a headfirst slide for a triple.

Cole, who was near third base backing up the play, stormed toward Gomez and they exchanged words.

Cole said he told Gomez: “If you’re going to hit it out of the ballpark, then you can stop and look at it. But it you’re going to hit just a fly ball to center field, then don’t stand and look at it.’”

That didn’t sit well with Gomez. He took a couple steps toward Cole and the benches and bullpens emptied.

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