PITTSBURGH - Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.
Yet those were hardly the big blows that attracted all the attention Sunday in the Brewers' 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected after a shouting match quickly escalated into a punch-filled brawl in the third.
"I'm not apologetic for anything that I did today," Gomez said. "I was just doing my job."
The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat to watch his two-out drive off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.
Gomez said he thought the ball would be caught. Instead, it hit the wall and he sped into third base, making a headfirst slide for a triple.
Cole, who was near third base backing up the play, stormed toward Gomez and they exchanged words.
Cole said he told Gomez: "If you're going to hit it out of the ballpark, then you can stop and look at it. But it you're going to hit just a fly ball to center field, then don't stand and look at it."
That didn't sit well with Gomez. He took a couple steps toward Cole and the benches and bullpens emptied.
"Everything had stopped," Gomez said. "He told me something, I told him back, then I talked to the umpire. Then Snider came like a superhero, trying to throw punches at everybody. I just tried to protect myself."
Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado came from the dugout and threw a punch that knocked off Snider's hat.
"We're a family," said Maldonado, who expects to be suspended. "I see two guys over Gomez, so I tried to protect him."
Snider, who wasn't in the game, and Gomez shoved each other, and the Brewers star fell to the ground.
Pirates catcher Russell Martin called Maldonado's swing a "sucker punch" and had to be restrained by teammate Gaby Sanchez as he walked off the field.
Last September, Gomez was in the middle of the bench-clearing brawl after arguing with Atlanta pitcher Paul Maholm while rounding the bases after homering.
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said he fears Gomez could develop a reputation as a guy who starts conflicts. But he said he found little fault in the way Gomez initially handled Cole's challenge.
"(Cole is) the one that started it all," Roenicke said. "If you start it, we're going to respond. Gomey's not going to sit there and not say anything."
Gomez said he planned to appeal any suspension.
The Brewers won their third in a row. Pittsburgh has lost three in a row and five of six.
Davis hit his first homer, connecting for a leadoff shot against Jeanmar Gomez (0-1).
"It was pretty hard to see with the shadow," Davis said.
Zach Duke (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings and Francisco Rodriguez got his seventh save.
Cole allowed one run and six hits in a career-high eight innings, striking out six.
Cole appeared to be in line for the win after Jose Tabata's eighth-inning infield single scored Ike Davis to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. Roenicke challenged the call, but the play was upheld.
Braun hit his sixth homer with one out in the ninth, giving Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli his second blown save in as many games.
Mark Reynolds hit his fifth home run, a solo drive in the Milwaukee seventh.
Neil Walker homered for the Pirates in the fourth off Marco Estrada.
GRAND CHUTE - An officer is injured and two suspects are in custody after one man stole a squad car in Grand Chute.
The incident happened Saturday night as police were investigating two theft suspects at Pawn America. One of the men got into an officer's K9 squad car, with the dog inside, and backed into another officer's squad car, injuring that officer.
The man then fled and responding officers fired shots at the vehicle, hitting him. He then left the squad car and took another vehicle from a woman, who was not hurt. The man was ultimately arrested and treated for his injuries.
The K9 was not injured.
The other theft suspect sneaked away from Pawn America and called a taxi. He was arrested while he was in the cab.
MERRILL - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he didn't want to spend too much time at the Republican National Convention last week because he wanted to get back to campaigning in his home state.
The senator from Oshkosh stopped at the Lincoln County Fair on Saturday.
He faces a tight races against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis).
Johnson gave a speech on Tuesday in Cleveland about national security, as he is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.
He seems pleased with the Republican presidential ticket.
"I think it's really complimentary to the skills Donald Trump brings to the table," Johnson said. "You got Donald Trump with the private sector experience. You got Mike Pence with a real record accomplishment both in the House and as the governor of Indiana. I think it's a pretty good pairing."
He said he wouldn't pay too much attention to the speeches at the Democratic National Convention this week.
"They've got their ticket, we've got our ticket," Johnson said. "They'll make a bunch of promises they can't deliver on. And what we're going to focus on is economic growth, strengthen our economy so we can strengthen our military, so we can defeat ISIS and secure our borders."
SHAWANO COUNTY - UPDATE 5:13 p.m.--Police say six people, including children, were taken to area hospitals after two sport utility vehicles carrying Boy Scouts crashed in Shawano County.
The accident happened Saturday morning on Highway 29 near Bonduel.
Police say one of the SUVs was towing a trailer with equipment. The driver of that vehicle went off the roadway then overcorrected and lost control. The second SUV hit the first, and both went off the road. The trailer flipped and the second SUV landed partially on top of the first.
Bonduel police Chief Todd Chaney tells the Green Bay Press Gazette that one of the injured, a troop leader, was airlifted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay with a head injury.
Chaney said he didn't think any of the injuries were life threatening.
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