PITTSBURGH -- Of course the Brewers weren't going to let it go. The Pirates scored seven runs in one inning against them on Monday, handing them just their fourth loss in the month of August. The Brewers had to get back at the Pirates, and they did.
The Brewers sent 11 batters to the plate in the second inning on Tuesday and scored seven runs, tying the Pirates' season high of runs allowed in a single inning and setting the stage for an 11-4 loss at PNC Park.
The Pirates have lost to the Brewers 10 out of the 11 times the two teams have played this season.
"If you're making pitches, you can do a lot better," said Ross Ohlendorf, who was making his first start for the Pirates since April 8. "But yeah, they're a really good team and they've been playing really well."
Yuniesky Betancourt began the second inning with a double off Ohlendorf. A single followed, then another single, an error, a flyout, a single, a double, a strikeout, a home run, a single and finally a line drive for the third out.
"This lineup is strong," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "They've got a combination of speed and power, and then they've got some very versatile players on the bench that you can pick up and move around as well. They're playing very good baseball right now."
Milwaukee pitcher Marco Estrada, who reached on catcher Ryan Doumit's error while attempting a sacrifice bunt in the second, was the only starter who did not have a hit; Ohlendorf allowed 11 hits in total. Just four of the runs in the second inning were earned.
"His ball didn't look as sharp from what I remember from playing behind him," Brewers center fielder Nyjer Morgan said. "I hope all the best for him. I hope he gets back to where he should be. When you come against us, you have to come with it."
The Brewers loaded the bases in the fourth inning with a single by Morgan, a double by Ryan Braun and an intentional walk to Prince Fielder, but Ohlendorf got out of it with a shallow fly ball and a double play. The second was the only inning of his five in which he allowed runs. He walked two and struck out four.
"Obviously, the second inning was really disappointing, but I was happy with how I rebounded after that," Ohlendorf said.
In his last Minor League start, which came on Aug. 16, days after he'd been activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, Ohlendorf went seven strong innings and allowed two earned runs.
"Obviously, he was more efficient in his Minor League starts, but you're talking about Minor League starts vs. Major League ones," Hurdle said.
With starters Paul Maholm and Kevin Correia on the disabled list, Ohlendorf should expect to have a place in the rotation for several weeks, if not for the remainder of the season.
"I was really excited to get back today, [and] I was disappointed with how I pitched," Ohlendorf said. "I know I can pitch better. I wish I had more season, but I'm glad I have several starts to get on track. I'll feel better going into the offseason and next season."
Daniel McCutchen pitched two innings in relief of Ohlendorf and allowed one run. He walked Braun in the seventh, and Braun then scored on a double by Fielder.
Chris Resop allowed a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Casey McGehee, and two more in the ninth, when Morgan doubled in Mark Kotsay and Craig Counsell hit a sacrifice fly to score Corey Hart.
The Pirates sprinkled in a few runs, all after the Brewers' big second inning. Ronny Cedeno led off the third with a single and scored on an RBI single by Xavier Paul.
In the fifth, Josh Harrison began the inning with his first Major League home run, a blast to left-center. He'd hit his first career triple in Monday's first game of a doubleheader.
Paul began the eighth with a double and scored on a single by Neil Walker, who then scored on a triple by Garrett Jones. The Pirates had 11 hits, four for extra bases.
Estrada pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits.
"We haven't answered Estrada," Hurdle said. "He made pitches and we weren't able to fight back and counter with a whole lot. We've got work to do."
Laura Myers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.