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Stallings slam in 9th off Díaz rallies Pirates past Mets 9-7

Stallings slam in 9th off Díaz rallies Pirates past Mets 9-7

PITTSBURGH — Jacob Stallings hit a fly ball down the left field line and stood in the batter’s box. He was watching and hoping.“I knew it had a chance because I got it in the air, but I didn’t know if I had enough of it,” the Pittsburgh Pirates’ catcher said. “I didn’t run because I figured he was either going to catch it or it was going to be a homer, so I just decided to stand there and watch.”Stallings liked what he saw.The ball sailed over the wall for a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning off closer Edwin Díaz that rallied the Pirates to a 9-7 victory over the stunned New York Mets on Saturday night.“I couldn’t believe it when it cleared the fence,” Díaz said. “I thought it was a fly ball.”Trailing 6-0, the Pirates scored all their runs in the final two innings – five in the eighth and four in the ninth.Stallings got his sixth career game-ending RBI. It was the third walk-off slam at PNC Park, which opened in 2001. The others were by Brian Giles in ’01 and Rob Mackowiak in 2004.“He was aggressive. He was ready to hit against a guy throwing 100 (mph),” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “I knew when he hit it he got enough of it, I just wasn’t sure if it was going to stay fair. That’s a heck of a comeback.”J.D. Davis hit a pair of two-run homers for New York in his first start since coming off the 60-day injured list, and rookie starter Tylor Megill pitched six scoreless innings.But it wasn’t enough on a miserable day for the Mets, who detailed injuries to star shortstop Francisco Lindor and ace Jacob deGrom before the game.Lindor is out indefinitely with a strained oblique, and deGrom is sidelined with forearm tightness in the latest round of health setbacks for the NL East leaders.New York dropped to 2-4 against the last-place Pirates over the past 10 days — including two blown saves by Díaz in games the Mets led by at least five runs.This time, he was tagged for his third blown save in 21 chances this season after Seth Lugo gave up five runs in the eighth inning.Down 7-5 in the ninth, the Pirates loaded the bases with one out as Ke’Bryan Hayes was hit by a pitch, Bryan Reynolds walked and John Nogowski hit an infield single.Díaz (3-4) struck out Gregory Polanco looking on a full-count pitch. But then Stallings pulled his slam down the left field line beyond the outstretched glove of Kevin Pillar, who climbed over the wall in a desperate attempt to make the catch.Díaz had not allowed a home run in 48 1/3 innings dating to last season, the longest active streak in the majors.Mets manager Luis Rojas said he felt Díaz missed having Lindor on the field. The two have become close friends and Lindor often fires up Díaz when he gets into jams.Nogowski, who got into a heated exchange with Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman the previous night, had three hits and is batting .514 (19 for 37) in nine games since being acquired from St Louis for cash.Clay Holmes (1-1) got the win despite giving up a solo homer to Brandon Nimmo in the top of the ninth.Davis finished with three hits. Michael Conforto had two doubles for the Mets, and Nimmo drew three walks.Megill, seeking his first major league win, left with a 6-0 lead after scattering six hits. He had two strikeouts and no walks while throwing 93 pitches.But the Pirates scored five times off Lugo in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo capped the outburst with a three-run homer that made it 6-5.“I always have my batting gloves on and always have a bat in my hand and ready to hit,” Difo said. “To hit a home run in that situation is an unbelievable feeling. If feels amazing to do that coming off the bench.”Pittsburgh rookie Trevor Crowe allowed both of Davis’ homers as the Mets got four runs and six hits off him in 5 1/3 innings.New York extended its lead to 6-0 in the seventh when rookie Travis Blankenhorn doubled home a run as a pinch-hitter and scored on Jeff McNeil’s single.Nogowski started the Pirates’ comeback with an RBI double in the eighth.HOME ON THE ROADAttendance was announced at 27,222, largest of the season at PNC Park. The crowd had a distinctively New York flavor, though.The visitors were cheered loudly throughout the game and nearly the entire upper section of the left field bleachers was populated by Mets fans. There was also a large pocket of Mets supporters sitting behind the New York dugout.REMEMBERING THE CHAMPSEleven players from the Pirates’ 1971 World Series championship club were honored during a pregame ceremony.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: Lindor was placed on the 10-day injured list and will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis after getting injured Friday night. Blankenhorn was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, and Luis Guillorme started at shortstop. … DeGrom is day-to-day after feeling discomfort Friday while throwing a bullpen. An MRI showed no structural damage.Pirates: Polanco (bilateral adductor strain) was activated from the 10-day IL and went 1 for 4. He had been out since July 6. INF Rodolfo Castro was optioned to Double-A Altoona. … LHP Steven Brault (left lat strain) made a rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis and allowed one run in three innings with two strikeouts while throwing 28 of 37 pitches for strikes. He has been sidelined all season.UP NEXTMets All-Star RHP Taijuan Walker (7-3, 2.50 ERA) opposes RHP JT Brubaker (4-9, 4.47) in the series finale Sunday. Brubaker has lost his last five decisions.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Pirates top Mets 4-1 after shoving match; Lindor injured

Pirates top Mets 4-1 after shoving match; Lindor injured

PITTSBURGH — Francisco Lindor left injured moments before Marcus Stroman and his New York Mets teammates got into a heated shoving match with Pittsburgh during the Pirates’ rain-delayed 4-1 victory Friday night.Coming off their first All-Star appearances, Bryan Reynolds homered and Adam Frazier hit a two-run single to lead the Pirates in a game delayed 39 minutes by showers in the bottom of the second inning.Lindor exited in the fifth with soreness on his right side. Mets manager Luis Rojas had no further update following the game other than to say the star shortstop would be examined in the morning.Lindor winced after grounding out to second base in the fifth. The four-time All-Star took a few steps out of the batter’s box but then peeled off toward the Mets’ dugout on the first base side.“You never want to lose anyone in your lineup, but especially Francisco Lindor,” Mets catcher James McCann said. “That’s a guy you hope everything is OK and he’s back out there soon.”In the bottom half, tempers flared and the benches cleared after Stroman jumped high in the air when John Nogowski lined out to first base to end the inning.Nogowski began shouting and pointing at the New York starter, who walked toward him and barked back. It appeared no punches were thrown during a large scrum on the field, and there were no ejections.McCann said the dustup was a “miscommunication” and that Stroman was initially upset with plate umpire Larry Vanover. Stroman, though, called Nogowski “a clown” following the game.“That was uncalled for,” Stroman said. “I’ll never let any man talk to me like that. I’m not scared of anyone. Hitters get on first base and do the macarena when they get a broken-bat single. I don’t say anything. If he has a problem with it, I’m right here. I’m 60 feet, 6 inches away.”Nogowski called it “no big deal.”“That was a huge out for him to keep his team in the game,” Nogowski said. “Reynolds hit a big home run. Frazier had his big hit. That’s the focus for me.”Reynolds’ homer came in the seventh and pushed the lead to 4-1. It was his 17th of the season, setting a career high.Frazier’s hit in the second opened the scoring. He and Reynolds became the first Pirates teammates to start in an All-Star Game on Tuesday since Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke in 1992.Chad Kuhl (3-5) got the win despite issuing five walks in five innings. He allowed one unearned run and two hits while striking out three.“You just have to keep trying to execute pitches even when you’re walking guys,” Kuhl said.NL East-leading New York managed only three hits and went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position against the Pirates, who are last in the NL Central. The teams split four games last weekend in New York.Stroman (6-8) gave up just the two runs on Frazier’s single in five innings while scattering eight hits. He struck out two and walked none.Richard Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.Wilmer Difo also homered for Pittsburgh, a drive to the back of the right field stands in the sixth off Drew Smith that made it 3-1. Difo, Reynolds and Jacob Stallings each had two hits for the Pirates.The Mets got their run in the fourth when Pete Alonso walked and scored on Jonathan Villar’s groundout. After winning his second consecutive All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night, Alonso reached base four times on a double and three walks.DeGROM UPDATEThe Mets have yet to determine when ace Jacob deGrom will make his next start.He threw a light bullpen before the game, which would line him up to pitch Monday at Cincinnati. However, the Mets have not announced a starter for Sunday’s series finale with the Pirates and deGrom could get the nod.DeGrom is 7-2 with a major league-leading 1.08 ERA in 15 starts this season despite being hampered by multiple ailments. He last pitched July 7 against Milwaukee.“We want him to take the time off from a medical standpoint to come in fresher for the second half,” Rojas said.ROSTER MOVESMets: Activated INF J.D. Davis from the injured list and designated OF Billy McKinney for assignment. Davis had been out since May 2 with a hand injury.Rojas has no set plan on how he will divide playing time at third base between Davis and Villar, who started there Friday.“When I get the opportunity, I’ll bang,” said Davis, who struck out in the seventh as a pinch-hitter.McKinney hit .220 with five home runs in 39 games after being acquired from Milwaukee on May 26 in a trade.LHP Stephen Tarpley was released. He allowed two runs without getting an out in his lone relief appearance.Pirates: INF/OF Philip Evans was activated from the concussion IL and RHP Nick Mears was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, while INF/OF Cole Tucker was optioned to Indianapolis. Evans had been sidelined since July 6.The Pirates had a roster spot open after placing LHP Sam Howard (right oblique strain) on the injured list Tuesday.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (strained right hamstring) is tentatively scheduled to make a rehab start Tuesday for a farm club to be determined. On the IL since the beginning of the season, Carrasco pitched two scoreless innings for High-A Brooklyn on Thursday in his first rehab outing, allowing one hit and striking out two. … RHP Corey Oswalt (right hamstring strain) is rehabbing at the spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and had an injection to reduce swelling in his leg.Pirates: RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (right side discomfort) threw a bullpen Thursday. … RF Gregory Polanco (bilateral adductor strain) has started running the bases.UP NEXTIt will be a matchup of rookie right-handers Saturday night when the Mets’ Tylor Megill (0-0, 3.50 ERA) faces Wil Crowe (1-5, 6.05). Megill will be making his fifth career start. Crowe has given up a run in the first or second inning in 11 of his 12 starts this season.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Reynolds' walk-off walk gives Pirates 2-1 win over Braves

Reynolds' walk-off walk gives Pirates 2-1 win over Braves

Bryan Reynolds drew a four-pitch walk from a Tyler Matzek, forcing in the winning run in the ninth inning and giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves and a three-game winning streakBy JOHN PERROTTO Associated PressJuly 7, 2021, 3:31 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePITTSBRUGH — Bryan Reynolds drew a four-pitch walk from Tyler Matzek, forcing in the winning run in the ninth inning and giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night and a three-game winning streak.Rookie Rodolfo Castro, recalled from Double-A Altoona before the game, worked an eight-pitch walk from Matzek (0-3) leading off the ninth.Adam Frazier slapped a single though a big hole at shortstop that was vacated because of an infield shift, and Ke’Bryan Hayes walked on a full count. Reynolds took three fastballs and a slider for the second game-ending RBI of his career.“Just trying to move the needle, each and every guy,” Hayes said of the rally.Hayes felt Castro’s long at-bat was the key to the inning.“I’ve seen him the last couple of years and he’s a really good hitter,” Hayes said. “He has a really good approach. He wasn’t fazed when he fell behind 0-2.”Matzek threw just eight of 20 pitches for strikes.“I couldn’t tell anything other than he kept missing in the same spot,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s a tough one.”Pittsburgh has won three in a row following a six-game losing streak. The Braves had won four of five before losing twice to the Pirates.Hayes hit a pair of doubles for the Pirates. Frazier and Wilmer Difo also had two hits each.Orlando Arcia had two of the Braves’ five hits, including a home run.Richard Rodríguez (4-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the Pirates.Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl allowed one run and four hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. Since the start of last year’s pandemic-shortened season, Kuhl has a 2.53 ERA at home in 11 games, including 10 starts. His road ERA is 6.90 during that span.“I feel earlier in my career that I put pressure on myself to perform well here,” Kuhl said. “A lot of my success here has come with maturity and getting comfortable with the ballpark. It plays pitcher friendly, I trust myself, and I just enjoy myself here.”Braves starter Ian Anderson gave up one run, five hits and three walks in five innings. The rookie had only one 1-2-3 inning and the Pirates put multiple runners on base in each of the other four innings.Anderson remained at 5-4 and has one in his last nine starts.Reynolds’ third-inning sacrifice fly followed Hayes’ first double and Arcia homered into the left-field bleachers in the fifth. The former Milwaukee shortstop is 4 for 11 in three games since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.The Braves have scored one run in each of their losses in Pittsburgh.“The last two days, we haven’t been able to string anything together,” said Snitker, whose three-time defending NL East champions are 41-44. “We’ve been through it before, and we need to fight through it.”Braves left-hander A.J. Minter escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by getting Jared Oliva to hit a tapper in front of home plate.John Nogowski hit a deep fly ball down the left-field line earlier in the inning that was ruled foul, and the call was upheld by a video review.SANDOVAL AWAY FROM TEAMBraves infielder Pablo Sandoval was placed on the restricted list and will likely be away from the team for up to three days. Right-hander Jacob Webb was recalled from Gwinnett. Manager Brian Snitker said Sandoval was attending to a personal matter.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: RF Gregory Polanco (bilateral right adductor strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list and INF/OF Philip Evans was put on the 7-day concussion IL. Polanco has not started since June 29. Evans was injured Monday when his head struck Braves 3B Austin Riley’s leg while sliding into third base. The Pirates recalled INF/OF Cole Tucker from Triple-A Indianapolis and Castro from Altoona.UP NEXTThe three-game series wraps up Wednesday with Braves LHP Drew Smyly (6-3, 4.42 ERA) matching up with rookie RHP Wil Crowe (1-5, 6.26). Smyly has won four straight starts with a 1.21 ERA and hasn’t lost since May 26. Crowe is 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in four starts since being recalled from Indianapolis on June 12.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Anderson, Pirates win 2-0 to stop Brewers' 11-game run

Anderson, Pirates win 2-0 to stop Brewers' 11-game run

Tyler Anderson pitched seven sparkling innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended Milwaukee’s 11-game winning streak with a 2-0 victory over the BrewersBy JOHN PERROTTO Associated PressJuly 4, 2021, 9:28 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePITTSBURGH — Tyler Anderson pitched seven sparkling innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended Milwaukee’s 11-game winning streak Sunday with a 2-0 victory over the Brewers.Kevin Newman homered and Wilmer Difo had an RBI double as the Pirates stopped a six-game slide.Milwaukee managed just three hits off Anderson (4-8), who broke a personal five-game skid. The left-hander struck out six and walked two while throwing 93 pitches.“He dominated,” Newman said. “He hit his spots, he was making pitches, he had great tempo for us, just got the ball, grabbed it and go. It was an awesome start for him and an awesome start for the team.”Milwaukee’s winning streak was the second-longest in franchise history. The Brewers won their first 13 games in 1987.Anderson had gone eight starts without a win since May 9 when he beat the Cubs in Chicago.“Honestly, I don’t even pay attention to wins,” Anderson said. “My goal is not to pay attention to the stats but to stay in the game as long as you can and do what you can to help the team win. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t.“This one was a big one for us. We’ve been scuffling a little bit. It was huge to get this one.”David Bednar and Richard Rodriguez finished the four-hitter with one inning apiece. Rodriguez earned his 11th save in 13 opportunities by completing the Pirates’ third shutout of the season.Willy Adames led off the ninth with a double against Rodriguez but was stranded at second base. The Brewers were blanked for the sixth time overall but first since May 18.Newman opened the scoring in the first inning with a home run down the left-field line with one out. It was his third of the season.“He got us on the board, and we haven’t had a lead in a while,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “It gives you a little bit of a sigh of relief.”Freddy Peralta (7-3) had control issues with five walks in six innings. However, he allowed just two runs and three hits while striking out seven.“They weren’t swinging at my slider a lot today,” Peralta said. “That’s why I had to make more pitches than normal. But I was trying to do my best attacking and competing.”The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the second, but Peralta bunted into an inning-ending 1-2-4 double play.The Pirates made it 2-0 in the sixth when Difo sliced an RBI double inside third base. That was one of just four Pittsburgh hits.The Brewers lost for only the second time in their last 21 day games. They had also beaten the Pirates six straight times.PIRATES MOVESPittsburgh added a relief pitcher by recalling right-hander Nick Mears from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioning righty Cody Ponce to the same club. Ponce started Saturday and was tagged for five runs in 1 2/3 innings of an 11-2 loss to the Brewers.First baseman John Nogowski is expected to join the team Monday. He was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for cash.PEREZ HEADS OVERSEASINF/OF Hernan Perez was granted his release at Triple-A Nashville by the Brewers to sign with the Kanwha Eagles in the Korea Baseball Organization. The 10-year veteran made his major league debut in 2012 and has played for four teams, including five seasons with Milwaukee.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: LF Christian Yelich got the day off after starting the previous nine games. Manager Craig Counsell is being careful with Yelich’s workload after the 2018 NL MVP was sidelined by back problems for nearly five weeks in April and May.Pirates: Rookie RHP Luis Oviedo (left quad strain) was set to begin a rehab assignment with Indianapolis on Sunday night.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (7-3, 1.87 ERA) starts Monday night against Mets rookie RHP Tylor Megill (0-0, 4.82) in the opener of a three-game series at New York. Woodruff has won both career starts against the Mets.Pirates: Open a three-game home series against Atlanta on Monday night with RHP Chase DeJong (0-3, 5.65 ERA) facing LHP Max Fried (5-4, 4.16). DeJong has lost his last three starts after getting no-decisions in his first three.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Narváez, García, Peterson lead Brewers to 11th straight win

Narváez, García, Peterson lead Brewers to 11th straight win

PITTSBURGH — Omar Narváez had five hits, Avisaíl García drove in five runs and Jace Peterson added four RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers rolled to their 11th straight victory, 11-2 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.It is the Brewers’ longest winning streak since they began the 1987 season with a franchise-record 13 victories in a row. The NL Central leaders have outscored their opponents 84-28 during the streak.“It’s fun,” García said. “I think everybody is playing together, everybody is playing hard, everybody is trying to do their part. It’s not one, two, three guys. It’s everyone contributing and that’s how we have to win ballgames.”The five hits — all singles — were a career high for Narváez, who previously had two four-hit games. He lined out in the ninth inning to finish 5 for 6.Narváez lifted his batting average to .303, quite an improvement from last year. He hit .176 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season after being acquired from Seattle in an offseason trade.“I mean, once last season ended, I tried to forget what happened in 2020,” Narváez said. “It was in the past and 2021 was a new season and I’m just trying to get better and better.”Peterson and García each had three of the Brewers’ 16 hits. Peterson is 16 for 33 with 11 RBIs in his last 13 games while primarily filling in at second base for injured Kolten Wong.“He’s locked in, and he has a great feel what he’s doing,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s making a huge impact. It’s no coincidence that this streak has lined up with Jace doing some great things.”Christian Yelich scored three times and drew three walks.Eric Lauer (3-3) allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four while beating Pittsburgh for the first time in five career starts.The Pirates’ losing streak reached six games. They have scored just seven runs during the skid.Pittsburgh rookie Cody Ponce (0-2) lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his second start of the season. He was tagged for five runs and six hits while walking three and striking out three.Ponce left after being examined on the mound by an athletic trainer, and the Pirates said he had right arm soreness. Ponce was a Brewers second-round draft pick in 2015 and was facing them for the first time.“We were too much in the middle of the plate with pitches,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said, referring to his entire staff.Milwaukee broke to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. García hit a two-run double to left-center with two outs and scored on Peterson’s double.The Brewers added two more in the second to make it 5-0 on consecutive two-out RBI singles by Narváez and García.Peterson had a run-scoring single in the sixth, and another run scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-1. The Brewers added two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth.Pirates rookie Jared Oliva had his first career RBI with a single in the second inning and Ben Gamel homered in the eighth. Gamel had two hits and is 8 for 19 (.421) this season against the Brewers, his former team.“Right now we’re just not giving ourselves any scoring opportunities,” Shelton said. “We have to figure out a way to get out of it.”PIRATES MOVESPittsburgh acquired first baseman John Nogowski from St. Louis for cash. Nogowski was designated for assignment June 28 after going 1 for 18 (.056) in 19 games.The Pirates also placed rookie outfielder Ka’ai Tom on the 10-day injured list with a low back strain and recalled right-hander Kyle Keller from Triple-A Indianapolis.Right-hander Geoff Hartlieb for designated for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for Nogowski. Once he joins the team, the Pirates will need to make a corresponding move to open a spot on the 25-man roster.WALKER TO JOIN BOOTHNeil Walker, the veteran infielder who retired earlier this year, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.The Pirates announced Walker will do some color commentary on their television and radio broadcasts beginning in August. He is also expected to serve the baseball operations department as an adviser.The native of Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs was the Pirates’ first-round draft pick in 2004 and made his major league debut with them in 2009. Walker spent 12 seasons in the majors, playing for six teams.Catching the pitch was Pirates bench coach Don Kelly, who is Walker’s brother-in-law.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates RF Gregory Polanco (right hip inflammation) did not start for a third straight game but did pinch hit for the second day in a row. … RHP Trevor Cahill (strained right calf) has made slow progress during his rehab, which is part of the reason why the Pirates transferred him from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Friday.UP NEXTThe four-game series concludes Sunday with Brewers RHP Freddy Peralta (7-2, 2.17 ERA) facing LHP Tyler Anderson (3-8, 4.75). Peralta has allowed just 39 hits in 87 innings over 16 games this season while striking out 122. Anderson is 0-5 with a 6.34 ERA in his last eight starts.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Pirates rally for 6-3 win over skidding White Sox

Pirates rally for 6-3 win over skidding White Sox

PITTSBURGH — Pinch-hitter Erik Gonzalez’s two-run single highlighted a four-run rally in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the skidding Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Tuesday night.A three-run homer by pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal in the top of the seventh put the White Sox ahead 3-2 after they were held scoreless on two hits through six innings.But the Pirates answered in the bottom half against rookie reliever Garrett Crochet (2-4), who was charged with four runs without getting an out.Gonzalez’s hit put Pittsburgh ahead 5-3 and helped extend Chicago’s losing streak to five games, the longest of the season for the AL Central leaders. The Pirates have won three of four since a 10-game losing streak.“We haven’t had a lot of luck the last few weeks in getting the big hit,” second baseman Adam Frazier said. “It seems like the other teams get a big hit and we don’t answer. Maybe this will get the ball rolling a little bit.”The White Sox are rolling in the wrong direction. They were swept in a four-game series at Houston last weekend, getting outscored 27-8 by the Astros.“It’s kind of like a test right now,” starting pitcher Lucas Giolito said. “Rough series (in Houston) and we drop this first game. Maybe a little wakeup call we need. We have to come ready to play from the beginning of the game.“We have to try to learn from these last few days. Come out maybe a little more aggressive, hair on fire tomorrow and get back on track.”Frazier homered for the Pirates, and Bryan Reynolds had two hits and two RBIs.David Bednar (1-1) got the last out of the seventh for his first major league win. Richard Rodriguez earned his ninth save in 11 tries with a 1-2-3 ninth as the Pirates won for the third time in four games.Grandal’s home run off starting pitcher Tyler Anderson was his 11th of the season and fourth as a pinch-hitter in his 10-year career. The lead didn’t last long after Giolito was removed for a pinch-hitter later in the inning.Greogry Polanco and Phillip Evans hit back-to-back singles to start the Pittsburgh seventh. Kevin Newman then beat out a bunt for a single and Polanco scored the tying run when third baseman Yoan Moncada made a wide throw to first for an error.“It was intended to be a sacrifice but it was placed better than I intended and I got on base so it was a win-win,” Newman said.Gonzalez followed by grounding his go-ahead single into left field. Reynolds added an RBI single later in the inning to make it 6-3.Anderson allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk. In six innings, Giolito gave up two runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking two.Giolito threw a no-hitter against the Pirates last season in Chicago.“We did not allow him to get easy outs all game long,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “We really battled. It’s a testament to our guys. This is a guy that no-hit us and we made him work the entire game.”Frazier helped the Pirates take a 2-0 lead. He hit a solo home run in the third and walked and scored on Reynolds’ single in the sixth.WHITE SOX LOSE ENGELWhite Sox outfielder Adam Engel went back on the injured list with a strained right hamstring. He missed the first 58 games of the season because of a similar injury.Engel and Brian Goodwin had been splitting time in center field over the past 10 days. Luis Robert, the team’s regular center fielder and last year’s AL Rookie of the Year runner-up, has been out since May 3 with a strained right hip flexor.In 10 games, Engel is hitting .241 with three home runs. There is no timetable for his return.“An amateur’s guess, I’d say it’s going to be more than 10 days,” manager Tony La Russa said. “I’m disappointed for him and for us. He’s come back with a bang and done a lot of really good things.”Outfielder Luis Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.BUSY BUCCOSTuesday began a stretch in which the Pirates are scheduled to play on 20 consecutive days leading up to the All-Star break.Shelton said the Pirates are likely to call up some pitchers from the minor leagues to make spot starts in the coming days. That would give the regular members of the rotation extra rest and afford the rebuilding Pirates a chance to look at some of their prospects.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (strained left hamstring) threw a bullpen and is expected to pitch a simulated game Friday. … OF Billy Hamilton (strained right oblique) is likely to start swinging a bat this weekend.UP NEXTWhite Sox RHP Dylan Cease (5-3, 3.99 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Chase DeJong (0-1, 4.26) on Wednesday in the finale of the two-game series. Cease is 2-3 with a 6.89 ERA in seven road starts this season.———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Pirates snap 10-game skid, hold on to beat Indians 11-10

Pirates snap 10-game skid, hold on to beat Indians 11-10

Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer in a five-run first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly squandered a 10-run lead before holding on to beat the Cleveland Indians 11-10, snapping a 10-game losing streakBy JOHN PERROTTO Associated PressJune 19, 2021, 3:34 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer in a five-run first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly squandered a 10-run lead in the late innings before hanging on to beat the Cleveland Indians 11-10, snapping a 10-game losing streak.Ke’Bryan Hayes had a three-run double that highlighted a five-run outburst in the sixth inning, staking the Pirates to an 11-1 lead.The Indians rallied by scoring six runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth, cutting the deficit to a run.Cesar Hernandez hit a grand slam off Sam Howard in the seventh inning, pulling the Indians within 11-7. A two-run single by Rene Rivera and a throwing error by center fielder Bryan Reynolds an inning late made it a one-run game.Richard Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a pair of singles, for his eighth save in 10 chances. He struck out rookie slugger Bobby Bradley with runners on second and third to end the game.“I think I drank like five bottles of water (in the late innings). I was sweating it out,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “But I always feel comfortable with Richie on the mound in the ninth regardless of a one-run lead, a four-run lead, whatever lead, that he’s going to close it out.”Indians three-time Silver Slugger-winning third baseman Jose Ramirez left the game with a bruised left foot after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning.The Pirates bullpen nearly blew the double-digit lead after starter Chad Kuhl (1-4) allowed one run in six innings.“It’s nice to have the win attributed to my name, but I just want to have an outing that gives ourselves a chance to win,” Kuhl said. “What it really comes down to is it’s 10 games, so to put an end to (the losing streak) is really a good feeling, even though it wasn’t easy.”Hernandez finished with three hits and five RBIs as the Indians lost for the second time in eight games. Rivera had three hits and three RBIs, and Eddie Rosario added two hits.“We ask our guys to always continue to play and that was probably the ultimate example,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Those are hard games to win but we’re one hit away from maybe winning the game. Just keep playing. Sometimes it’s ugly, sometimes we make mistakes but keep playing.”Reynolds homered for the Pirates and joined Adam Frazier with two hits.The Pirates jumped on rookie starting pitcher J.C. Mejia (1-2) early with the big first inning. After the first run scored on a groundout, Jacob Stallings hit a two-run double to the wall in right-center and Polanco followed with a drive into the right-field stands.Polanco had gone 4 for 20 on the Pirates’ just-completed six-game road trip.“That was nice, especially coming off a rough road trip,” Polanco sad. “I hit that ball in the first inning and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah.’ That felt good.”Staked to the early lead, Kuhl scattered four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. He was aided by four double plays.It was Kuhl’s first win since Sept. 24, 2020. He failed to record a victory in his first seven starts this year. In his last outing, Kuhl was tagged for six runs in 3 1/3 innings in a loss at Milwaukee.Mejia lasted a career-high five innings, giving up six runs and seven hits while striking out three.Hayes, a rookie, has reached base in 23 consecutive games dating to last September.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: Francona said Ramirez felt fine by the time he got to the clubhouse. … is considered day to day. … RHP Zach Plesac (broken right thumb) and C Roberto Perez (broken right ring finger) are scheduled to be examined Saturday by Pittsburgh hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham.Pirates: 1B Colin Moran (back strain) returned to the starting lineup after being limited to one pinch-hitting appearance in a three-game series at Washington.UP NEXTIndians RHP Cal Quantrill (0-2, 3.11) will start Saturday against Pirates RHP Wil Crowe (0-4, 6.75). Quantrill will be pitching on short rest after allowing one run in four innings Tuesday against Baltimore. Crowe had a career-high eight strikeouts in five innings in his last start, a no-decision against Milwaukee last Sunday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports