Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers rally past Pirates 6-5 in 11 innings: 'We did a lot right in the ninth'

Pirates reliever Dovydas Neverauskas (0-1) escaped the 10th unscathed under Major League Baseball’s new rule that puts a runner on second base to start each extra frame.

Veteran outfielder Jarrod Dyson, signed to a one-year deal on the eve of spring training, gave Pittsburgh a 4-1 cushion two batters later when he lined a two-run single over the outstretched glove of second baseman Keston Hiura.

Pittsburgh reliever Michael Feliz hit Hiura with a pitch to force in a run and Christian Yelich had an RBI groundout before Crick came on to try and close it out for his third career save.

The Pirates planned to “piggyback” left-hander Steven Brault and right-hander Chad Kuhl early in the season, part of an experiment by first-year manager Derek Shelton.

Kuhl, whose previous 61 appearances in the majors were as a starter, replaced Brault after the delay and worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing three singles and two walks against four strikeouts.

The pomp and circumstance of Pittsburgh’s 139th home opener and first game at PNC Park in 10 months was replaced by a more muted display.

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