Given a chance to move 10 games over .500 for the first time in 15 years, the Milwaukee Brewers fell short.
Jose Bautista and Ronny Paulino hit consecutive home runs in a four-run seventh inning, and visiting Pittsburgh rallied for a 4-2 win last night that stopped the Brewers' four-game winning streak.
Milwaukee (18-10), which leads that NL Central, has not been 10 games over .500 since finishing the 1992 season 92-70. That also was the last time the Brewers finished with a winning record.
"It's very frustrating," Brewers starter Dave Bush said. "Mostly it's just disappointing. I am one pitch away from maybe getting a win, at least putting us in a position to get a win. I am disappointed that when it came down to it, I couldn't make the pitch when I needed to. I wish I had an answer for it."
Tom Gorzelanny (4-1) won his fourth straight start, giving up two runs in seven innings.
Bush (2-3) gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings, allowing only one runner past second base in the first six innings.
With Pittsburgh trailing, 2-0, in the seventh, Freddy Sanchez and Jason Bay opened with consecutive doubles. Bautista hit a go-ahead, two-run homer with two outs and Paulino took a ball, then homered for a two-run lead.
"What put that opportunity in play was the job that our starting pitcher did," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "I don't know what happens if (the Brewers) put a couple more runs up. It's just another terrific pitching performance."
Meanwhile, the Pirates placed righthander John Wasdin on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained thumband recalled Marty McLeary from Triple A Indianapolis.
In other games:
* At Houston, Luke Scott hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a three-run eighth inning, leading the Astros past Cincinnati, 7-5.
With the Reds ahead, 5-4, pinch-hitters Mike Lamb and Mark Loretta hit back-to-back singles for the Astros off Mike Stanton (1-1) with one out in the eighth, and Scott doubled for a 6-5 lead. Craig Biggio followed with an RBI double, his 2,957th hit.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 566th career homer for the Reds.
* At Phoenix, Damion Easley and David Wright each hit three-run homers in the ninth inning, and the New York Mets beat Arizona, 9-4, for their 11th straight victory in Chase Field.
With the Mets trailing 4-3, Easley, a former Diamondback, hit a 2-0 pitch from closer Jose Valverde (0-2) into the left-centerfield seats. It was Valverde's second blown save in 12 opportunities and his first since April 3.
* Righthander Chan Ho Park was designated for assignment by the Mets, 3 days after he was hit hard in his season debut with New York. The Mets purchased the contract of righthander Lino Urdaneta from Triple A New Orleans. *