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MILWAUKEE (AP) — After his team lost a 15-inning game to the Milwaukee

 Brewers the previous night and used seven pitchers in the process Satchel Paige Jersey , Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon was well aware he needed to provide a strong performance on the mound Saturday.“I knew the team needed innings,” Taillon said. “I enjoy when I feel like something is really important. The team needed me and that sparks a little bit of extra energy.”Taillon pitched six strong innings and Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer as the Pirates bounced back to beat the Brewers 9-1. The teams have split the first two games of the series, after Milwaukee took the opener in a game that lasted 5 hours, 36 minutes.Pirates manager Clint Hurdle praised Taillon’s fortitude.“He had some misses and some counts got stretched out. He had to roll his sleeves up and work, and he did,” Hurdle said.Taillon (10-9) gave up one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.“Jameson Taillon is a good pitcher and he pitched well tonight,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsel said.The eighth inning-drive by Frazier, who entered the game an inning earlier when he pinch-hit for Taillon, gave the Pirates a five-run cushion after Gregory Polanco broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single.“Frazier comes in again and gives us a shot, like a sixth man in basketball,” Hurdle said. “Instant offense when he doesn’t start.”The Pirates added three runs in the ninth on a wild pitch, a run-scoring single by Sean Rodriguez and Colin Moran’s RBI double. Moran had four hits in five at-bats.Christian Yelich, who has an 11-game hitting streak Joe Carter Jersey , homered in the third to put the Brewers in front 1-0.Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin (13-5), who didn’t allow a run in his previous two starts, held the Pirates scoreless until the fourth when Josh Harrison doubled to drive in Francisco Cervelli, who led off the inning with a double of his own.Chacin permitted three runs and eight hits in six innings.TURNING POINTWhen Frazier drew a walk as a pinch-hitter leading off the seventh, Chacin was convinced he had thrown a strike and began shouting at plate umpire Sam Holbrook.“We’re playing for a playoff (spot). I made a good pitch there to Frazier leading off the seventh,” Chacin said. “(Holbrook) missed it. He changed the game.”Chacin then allowed a double to Starling Marte and issued an intentional walk to Josh Bell before being removed.“Everything got out of hand. It was a good game until the seventh. Just one pitch changed the whole game,” Chacin said. “It wasn’t like, borderline. It was clearly a strike. He just didn’t call it.”MODEL OF CONSISTENCYTaillon has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 16 consecutive starts, the best by a Pirates pitcher since Jeff Locke’s 17-game streak in 2013.“I’m being aggressive, mixing my pitches a lot,” Taillon said. “Every time a hitter comes up I’m showing him something different. The addition of the slider helps.”GOING DEEPYelich belted a homer to center field for the second consecutive game and has gone deep in three straight games for the second time in his career.“My curveball doesn’t usually get hit like that,” Taillon said. “That just tells me he’s in a good spot. A bad pitch on me, but usually that’s a double or an out. He’s a great hitter.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: Taillon was hit in the lower right leg by Eric Thames’ comebacker in the second. He remained in the game after being checked by a trainer. … Harrison Francisco Lindor Jersey , who has been dealing with a left hamstring issue, was lifted for a pinch-runner as a precaution in the eighth after pulling up while running the bases. … The Pirates recalled RHP Nick Kingham from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned RHP Clay Holmes to their top farm club. Holmes blew a save Friday night. … LHP Steven Brault, who matched a career high with four scoreless innings of relief Friday, was unavailable. … RHP A.J. Schugel (right shoulder discomfort) has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and sent outright to Indianapolis.UP NEXTPirates: Chris Archer (4-6, 4.41 ERA) exited his last start Monday against Atlanta after four innings with left leg discomfort. He gave up one run over six innings in his only career start against Milwaukee last August as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.Brewers: Chase Anderson (8-7, 3.92) is 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 13 career starts against the Pirates, including 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two outings this season. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Young right-hander Brandon Woodruff not only made the Milwaukee Brewers‘ playoff roster, but he’s starting Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies.The Brewers’ playoff roster announced before the series opener on Thursday features an 11-man pitching staff that includes rookie right-handers Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta. Like Woodruff, they are promising starters who have been pitching out of the bullpen.Woodruff leads off what manager Craig Counsell called a bullpen day on Thursday against the Rockies, who are starting right-hander Antonio Senzatela (6-6, 4.38 ERA).Woodruff is 3-0 with a 3.61 ERA in 19 games this year with four starts. The 25-year-old has pitched exclusively in relief after Sept. 1, going 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA over 12 1/3 innings in seven appearances.“He’s just throwing the ball really well, and two Corey Kluber Jersey , I think he has the potential to do a little more than a reliever, maybe,” Counsell said.One of Woodruff’s four starts came at Colorado, when he allowed seven runs on nine hits in three innings on May 11. The Brewers still won 11-10.Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.50), the Brewers’ best starter this year, is scheduled to take the hill in Game 2 on Friday, when he will be opposed by Colorado’s Tyler Anderson (7-9, 4.55).The left-handed Anderson was formally added to the roster after being left off for the wild-card game, with Colorado also adding German Marquez. Manager Bud Black said Marquez may pitch either in Game 3 on Sunday or Game 4 on Monday, if necessary.Left off again for the NLDS was right-hander Jon Gray (12-9, 5.12) a strikeout pitcher who struggled this season. Gray was the losing pitcher in the 2017 NL wild-card game, allowing four runs and seven hits in a 1 1/3 innings against Arizona.Left-handers Wade Miley and Gio Gonzalez are the other starters on the Brewers’ roster. Miley (5-2 Ricky Vaughn Jersey , 2.57) has pitched well in the second half, while Gonzalez is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts after being acquired from the Washington Nationals.Outfielder Keon Broxton is on the NLDS roster to give Counsell a pinch runner and late-inning defensive replacement off a bench that includes right-handed slugger Domingo Santana and left-handed veteran Curtis Granderson.Among those left off the roster were left-handed power hitter Eric Thames, who came off the bench in September. He initially split playing time with Jesus Aguilar at first base before getting hurt in April. Aguilar went on to have a breakout season, making the All-Star team and hitting 35 homers.Right-handed starter Zach Davies was also left off the roster. He was 2-7 with a 4.77 ERA but pitched better in September after returning from injury.Right-handed starter Chase Anderson, who gave up an NL-high 30 homers, didn’t make the roster.For the Rockies, third catcher Drew Butera and infielder Pat Valaika were dropped from the wild-card game roster, along with lefthander Jake McGee. Right-hander Chad Bettis (5-2, 5.01) joins the roster for the division series.