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PITTSBURGH - Ryan Braun, Jim Edmonds and the Milwaukee Brewers went totally batty.

The Brew Crew piled up 25 hits Thursday and trounced Pittsburgh, 20-0, handing the Pirates the most-lopsided loss in their 124-year history.

“It was fun and it was special,” said Braun, who homered, doubled, singled and drove in five runs. “This game is really so much about failure, particularly as a hitter, that you rarely get a day where everyone is enjoying so much success at the same time.”

“I’ve never been involved in a game like this and I likely never will be again. So, I enjoyed it and I’ll savor it. It’s one to remember,” he said.

Milwaukee matched a club mark for margin of victory and set a record for its biggest shutout win. Prince Fielder hit his first home run of the season while Edmonds and George Kottaras also connected — they were among 10 Brewers with an RBI. The Brewers finished with 12 extra-base hits.

Milwaukee led 10-0 after five innings then scored six runs in the seventh and four more in the ninth. Edmonds doubled twice and singled. Rickie Weeks doubled twice, singled and scored four times.

Randy Wolf (2-1) pitched six scoreless innings and three relievers finished up. The Brewers won their fourth in a row and gave Pittsburgh its third consecutive loss.

Daniel McCutchen (0-2) was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 32/3 innings. Remarkably, his ERA stayed the same as it was entering the game, 14.73.

“Lots of times, it felt like I was throwing batting practice to them,” McCutchen said.

The Brewers also won by 20 in 1992 when they beat Toronto, 22-2. The Pirates’ previous most one-sided loss was 18 runs, done twice.

Milwaukee swept the three-game series and outscored the Pirates, 36-1. Pittsburgh has lost eight times this season, by at least six runs each time and 85-13 overall.

According to STATS LLC, it was the fifth most-lopsided shutout in modern major league history, which began in 1900. The Indians beat the Yankees, 22-0, in 2004 and the Pirates beat the Cubs by the same score in 1975.

“They came in and kicked our butt,” Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. “Whoever comes in is going to do that if we don’t pitch well. We need to learn from this game. We don’t want to do this anymore.”

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