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Nelson leads Brewers past Pirates 7-4

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -

Jimmy Nelson pitched seven dominant innings and the Milwaukee Brewers tagged Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole for five early runs on the way to a 7-4 victory Tuesday night.
   Nelson (11-10) gave up four hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out six.
   The Brewers collected four consecutive hits in the first off Cole (15-8). Ryan Braun drove in a run with a single and Adam Lind drove in two with a double as Milwaukee grabbed a 3-0 lead before Cole retired a batter. Jean Segura drove in another run in the inning on a two-out infield hit.
   Jonathan Lucroy's run-scoring single extended Milwaukee's lead to 5-0 in the second.
   Cole gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings.
   Nelson retired 10 straight before Jung Ho Kang led off the fifth with a double and then scored on Neil Walker's single.
   Pedro Alvarez hit a leadoff homer in the eighth to cut the lead to 5-2. The Brewers added two runs in the bottom of the inning.
   Aramis Ramirez and Kang hit back-to-back homers in the ninth for the Pirates.
   Francisco Rodriguez recorded the final out for his 32nd save.

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