"Coming in I was so excited," Byrd said. "It was 'Hey, get back out there.'"
Byrd's flair for the dramatic completed a night Pittsburgh (77-55) moved within five victories of the franchise's first winning season in a generation.
Josh Harrison went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez added two hits apiece. Charlie Morton (6-3) scattered five hits over 6 2-3 innings, walking three and striking out two to pick up his first career victory over the Brewers.
Not that Morton noticed. The right-hander called his futility against Milwaukee "needless information" because it has little bearing on the future.
"I think it's something people like to talk about because there's been some consistency in that regard but really what the team is doing really well is not thinking about yesterday or two weeks ago, it's the game today," Morton said. "If it's the Brewers, it's the Brewers, so be it. This is a different year anyway."
Gorzelanny yielded four runs on nine hits in 5 1-3 innings, walking one and striking out five. Carlos Gomez had two of Milwaukee's seven hits but the Brewers offered little resistance against Morton's steady dose of sinkers.
"Offensively, we hit a few balls that could have got something going but on the whole we just didn't do too much," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
The Pirates did plenty, with their new slugger providing the finishing touch. Gorzelanny, who spent five seasons with the Pirates from 2005-09, can see Byrd's presence having a positive influence in the clubhouse.
"He's a good piece that they got," Gorzelanny said. "He's a smart player. He plays the game the right way, he plays it hard. Having a ballplayer like this, who is always a tough out, is going to make their lineup better."