PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Yovani Gallardo pitched seven sharp innings to beat Pittsburgh once again and Aramis Ramirez homered against his former team as the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Pirates 4-0 Thursday night.

The Pirates fell one game behind NL Central-leading St. Louis. The Cardinals were idle, and start a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Gallardo (10-9) allowed six hits and one walk while striking out five. He improved his career record against the Pirates to 11-4, including 5-2 at PNC Park.

Milwaukee returns to Miller Park for its final interleague series of the year against the Los Angeles Angels. Coverage on 1310 WIBA in Madison starts at 6:35pm, with first pitch to follow at 7:10pm.