The short-rest thing worked out pretty well for Chase Anderson on Wednesday night.
Backed by an offense that poured it on early, the right-hander turned in a solid 5 1/3-inning start on just three days' rest as the Milwaukee Brewers knocked off the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-2, at Miller Park.
Eric Thames homered to key a four-run third inning and rookie Brett Phillips made the most of a rare start by driving in three runs and also making a terrific throw from center to cut down a potential run in the fourth.
Anderson, meanwhile, scattered seven hits, two runs (one earned) and a walk while striking out a pair in a 94-pitch outing that, along with a St. Louis Cardinals loss, helped move Milwaukee back into sole possession of second place in the NL Central.
A 30-minute first inning featuring a home run, an ejection and three walks resulted in nothing more than a 1-1 tie.
The Pirates jumped in front three batters in on Andrew McCutchen's 200th career homer, a line drive to left-center.
The Brewers answered by drawing three walks in their first four at-bats against right-hander Tyler Glasnow. The second walk, drawn by Neil Walker, was followed by a quick ejection of Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle by home-plate umpire Bill Welke, after Hurdle voiced his displeasure with ball four from the top of the dugout steps.
Eric Sogard ran into the second out on an attempted steal of third base with Travis Shaw up, but Shaw eventually walked and Hernan Perez followed with a broken-bat bloop single to short left to score Walker and knot the score at 1.
Milwaukee was playing down two outfielders with Ryan Braun being given the night off and Domingo Santana a late scratch due to right trapezius tightness.
The lineup juggling gave Thames a start in left field, and he responded by homering to left-center in the third. The two-run shot, which came on the heels of Sogard's second walk, was his 30th of the season and gave him homers in consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 11-12.