Pirates fall 6-0 to Brewers and starter Jimmy Nelson; Kang starts at short



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MILWAUKEE — Minus All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen, the Pittsburgh Pirates' offense went cold.

Jimmy Nelson struck out a career-high nine in seven innings, Jean Segura hit a two-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers became the last team in the majors to win this season by beating Pittsburgh 6-0 on Saturday.

Hector Gomez added a two-run single for Milwaukee, which stopped a four-game losing streak by tagging Vance Worley (0-1) for six runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

McCutchen sat out as a precaution with left knee soreness. The Pirates were held to two hits.

Pitching was just as much of a problem for Pittsburgh.

Worley's cutter wasn't working early. By the time he found his command in the middle innings, the Pirates were down five runs.

"I changed my approach out there. They had an approach that I hadn't seen out of them all the times I've thrown against them," Worley said.

"So, I had to change something. So, I decided to go to the inside of the plate. And they hit the pitches I didn't think they could hit."

Brewers offseason acquisition Adam Lind had his ninth hit in his fifth game with his new team, tying a club record. Khris Davis led off the fourth with a double that set up Segura's deep homer to left-center for a 5-0 lead.

At 0-4, the Brewers had been off to their worst start since 2011. Both Milwaukee and the Chicago White Sox won on Saturday, leaving every team in the majors with a win.

FIRST AT SHORTSTOP

The first position player to jump from the Korea Baseball Organization to the majors made his first start at shortstop for Pittsburgh. He went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Kang said through an interpreter that he "wasn't really anxious."

"I feel good about it. There (is) a lot more to work on and show Korea and Major League Baseball."

COLD BATS

Nelson (1-0) also benefited from two double plays.

"We haven't put the consistency on the offensive side of the ball that we're capable of," manager Clint Hurdle said, "and the strikeouts have been challenging."

Nelson had struggled with a 6.23 ERA in spring training — not the kind of momentum that Milwaukee was looking for from its top young starter.

On Saturday, he turned into a stopper.

"I think he's started throwing his curveball, which, I don't think he threw that in the past," said Pirates outfielder Corey Hart, who went 0 for 3.

FULL NELSON

Nelson escaped trouble in a fifth inning that started with two walks by getting a double play.

He did indeed work on a curve in spring training, as well as his slider. He was already known for a sinking fastball.

But the curve, if Nelson continues throwing it the way he did on Saturday, could be the third pitch that he needs to win consistently.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: McCutchen was available for pinch-hitting duty if needed. Manager Clint Hurdle described McCutchen's status to return to the starting lineup as considered day-to-day, though the 2013 NL MVP said he planned to return to center on Sunday.

Brewers: Outfielder Ryan Braun went 0 for 3 with a walk in starting back-to-back games for the first time since leaving the season opener. Braun had what was termed as "lower right side soreness" after tracking down a fly ball to the wall.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Right-hander Casey Sadler has been called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to make his first big league start on Sunday. He's taking Francisco Liriano's turn with the left-hander on paternity leave after his wife gave birth to the couple's fourth child, a daughter, on Friday.

Brewers: Starter Kyle Lohse will try to rebound after a miserable opening day outing during which he gave up 10 hits and eight runs in 3 1-3 innings.

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