Lorenzo Cain's RBI single off normally lights-out closer Felipe Vázquez was the difference, and the Brewers squeaked out a 7-6 victory on Friday night at PNC Park.
It was the ninth win in 11 tries for Milwaukee over Pittsburgh this season, and it appeared as though it was in the bag already in the eighth after two-run home runs by Jesús Aguilar and Manny Piña off Dovydas Neverauskas made it a 6-1 game.
With Josh Hader having already pitched 1 1/3 innings to get the game into the ninth, Deolis Guerra made his debut a day in a seemingly low-pressure situation after being recalled from Class AAA San Antonio.
BOX SCORE: Brewers 7, Pirates 6 (10 innings) Three consecutive one-out singles and a Starling Marte sacrifice fly later it was a 6-2 game.
That brought all-star slugger Josh Bell to the plate, and he drilled a three-run homer to right to chase Guerra from the game.
Counsell made the call for a known commodity at that point in Junior Guerra (no relation), and he made a huge mistake with his first pitch as Jung Ho Kang sent it out to left to, unbelievably, tie the game at 6-6.
The Brewers came into the game having not scored in their last 23 innings, and that streak extended three more until Aguilar's two-out RBI single in the fourth off Steven Brault gave them a 1-0 lead.