Suppan tossed a nine-hitter for his 14th career complete game and second in three starts as the Pirates held on for a 5-4 victory over the
Suppan (8-7) threw 137 pitches and gave up three solo homers, including two to
, but walked none and matched a career high with nine strikeouts.
"We played well today," Suppan said. "They got me some runs early. I was throwing some strikes and changing speeds. Right now, we're (the starters) throwing some good games, staying in there longer."
The righthander also went the distance against Colorado on June 29.
"I'm not extremely happy with the pitch count," Pirates manager
said. "But he's a veteran and he's done it before. (The pitch count) eats at me a little bit, but it wasn't a tough 137."
gave Suppan the lead in the fifth when he belted a three-run homer off rookie starter
(0-2) to make it 4-2.
"It's part of the learning process," said Ford, who allowed four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. "You can be one pitch away from (winning) or one pitch away from being humiliated. I threw it right over the plate and he (Ramirez) made me pay for it."
"He didn't have a rough outing," Brewers manager
said. "He threw just one bad pitch down the middle on a 3-2 count with runners on first and second. Again, you're talking about a 22-year-old kid who never pitched out of A-ball."
scored on shortstop
's error in the sixth to extend the Pirates' lead to 5-2 before Suppan survived late homers by Ginter in the eighth and
in the ninth.
"(After Sexson's homer), I was just trying to keep the ball in the ballpark at that point," Suppan said.
singled in the fifth, extending his streak of reaching safely to 40 games, the longest in the major leagues this season.
Sexson hit his 25th homer, the second-highest total by a Milwaukee player in the first half of the season.
hit 26 before the All-Star break in 1999.
Ginter also hit a solo shot in the third inning, recording his first career multi-homer game.
The Brewers snapped a 1-1 tie in the second on
's RBI double, but Ford ran into trouble after getting the first out in the fifth.
doubled to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. After
walked, Ramirez chased Ford with his ninth homer of the season.
"It's nice to get out of here with a win," Ramirez said. "Suppan threw the ball well."