Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 6-4

Pittsburgh - The last time the Milwaukee Brewers played at PNC Park, they left town with a swagger.

They checked back in Wednesday night with a stagger. And that didn’t change. Not even the glorious memory of their three-day ransacking of the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier in the season could light a fire under the free-falling Brewers as they lost, 6-4, for their ninth defeat in a row.

The Brewers’ fortunes have changed considerably since the three-game series from Apri...

Pittsburgh — Brewers manager Ken Macha made no decision Wednesday to remove Trevor Hoffman as his closer.

Macha did decide to send Hoffman to the repair shop for a few days, however.

Delaying a decision on the struggling all-time saves leader, Macha said Hoffman would spend a couple of days working with pitching coach Rick Peterson on his mechanics. During that period, Macha said, Hoffman would not pitch in games at all, much less the ninth inning.

"We'll see how ...