The Milwaukee Brewers' 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park was a definite nod to their pitching.

In a game that had a playoff feel to it, starter Yovani Gallardo threw a season-high 121 pitches in battling through seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out eight.

Rob Wooten got the first two outs of the eighth inning, and then closer Francisco Rodriguez took over to record a four-out save — his first since 2011 — as the Brewers beat the Pirates for the 10th time in 13 meetings this season.

"K-Rod" walked two in the ninth, only to record the final two outs and notch his 19th save. Offensively, Jonathan Lucroy had three of the Brewers' four hits, and Aramis Ramirez drove in the lone run in the seventh with a groundout.

Rodriguez agreed afterward it was perhaps the most rousing victory of the season to date for Milwaukee.

"It feels nice," Rodriguez said. "One of them, definitely. Yo did a tremendous job. He battled in the seventh inning and came out on top. It was huge. I ran into a little trouble, but I ended up making the right pitches and got out of it.

"It's a nice win."

One of the game's biggest moments occurred in the opening inning, after the Brewers went down in order for the first time against Pirates starter Jeff Locke.

With one out, Gallardo (4-4) hit Neil Walker with a pitch and then gave up a single to Andrew McCutchen, whose rip to center glanced off the top of Rickie Weeks' glove.

Cleanup hitter Gaby Sanchez followed with a fly ball to right that Walker tagged on, only to be thrown out at home plate on a beautiful throw by Ryan Braun.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle asked home-plate umpire Ed Hickox if Lucroy was blocking the plate. After a conference, Hickox decided to review it without Hurdle using a challenge. And in 2 minutes, 48 seconds, the call at home was upheld after it was determined Lucroy wasn't in the wrong.

Had Hurdle challenged that Walker was safe, he might well have had the call overturned as replays appeared to show Walker's foot sliding in ahead of the tag.

"I know I tagged him high, but the umpire said he was out," Lucroy said. "He said I did everything fine, I just tagged him high, but I tagged him before he got there. That's what the umpire said."

Locke, who came in 1-1 with a 5.66 ERA in four career starts against the Brewers, pitched a perfect three innings before giving up consecutive two-out singles to Lucroy and Carlos Gomez.