Pedro Alvarez homered, doubled and drove in three runs on Sunday afternoon as the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the third time in a four-game home series with New York, beating the Mets 5-2.
Ike Davis added two runs and two RBI’s for Pittsburgh (42-40), and starter Edinson Volquez combined with relievers Justin Wilson and Tony Watson on eight innings of shutout ball before two runs were scored against Jared Hughes in the ninth inning. Closer Mark Melancon retired the game’s final hitter to record his 15th save in 18 opportunities this season.
Volquez (6-6) worked six innings, allowing eight hits with seven strikeouts and only one walk.
The Mets (37-45) outhit the Pirates 13-8 but stranded eleven runners on base. Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5, and Ruben Tejada and Chris Young drove in New York’s ninth-inning run. Mets starter, 41 year-old veteran Bartolo Colon (8-6), surrendered five runs and seven hits over his own six innings of work, fanning two hitters and walking one.
Following an off-day on Monday, the Pirates will resume action on Tuesday night with the first game of a three-game home series against Arizona (35-49). Jeff Locke (1-1), Charlie Morton (4-9) and Vance Worley (2-0) are expected to be the Pittsburgh starters in the series.