Moustakas, Yelich carry Brewers past Pirates, 5-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers topped their crowd-pleasing Christian Yelich bobblehead giveaway with another surprise gift, thanks to Mike Moustakas.

Moustakas launched a homer that won a new SUV for a fan, Yelich hit his major league-leading 24th home run and the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

“That homer won us the game and somebody a car, which is pretty cool,” Yelich said.

Moustakas connected for his 20th homer off Francisco Liriano (1-1). The tiebreaking, two-run drive in the eighth inning hit the roof of a metallic gray SUV, a promotional vehicle perched above the right-center field fence. One lucky fan got the same model to go along with their Yelich bobblehead.

Moustakas was just as shocked as the fan holding the winning ticket.

Liriano said he didn’t execute the way he wanted and it cost him.

“I just missed my spot,” he said after the Pirates lost their fifth straight to the Brewers. “I walked (Yasmani) Grandal, then Moustakas put a good swing on it.”

Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) pitched the eighth. Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save and moved the Brewers a season-high 10 games over .500.

Steven Brault went a career-best 6 1/3 innings and struck out five for the Pirates.

Jung Ho Kang, reinstated on Saturday from the 10-day injured list after being out with a left side strain, hit a two-run homer in the first off Chase Anderson.

The 457-foot drive was Kang’s fifth home run of the season.

Pirates rookie Bryan Reynolds extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an infield single in the first.