Pirates

Brooming of Brewers puts Pirates back on offensive heading to Chicago

Starling Marté rounds the bases after hitting an eighth-inning home run. - GETTY

MILWAUKEE -- At the risk of trivializing the work of T.S. Eliot, is this the way a sporting hex ends? Not with a bang, but with a whimper?

That much will be determined next month, next year and onward, as the Pirates continue to make trips to Miller Park. But the capper to their first four-game sweep at the 15-year-old home of the Brewers was about as routine as it gets, even though the significance was obvious.

"To get four here, it's never been done," Tony Watson said shortly after closing down a 3-1 decision Sunday afternoon. "To come out here and get four wins ... to try to finish this thing out strong, it's a big deal."

No disputing that, as not only have the Pirates (67-61) reeled off eight consecutive wins on the road, they followed up a potentially-crushing 1-5 homestand with the strongest of responses, considering the looming three-game series at Wrigley Field, as well as this ...