In his first game for the Pittsburgh Pirates, right fielder Marlon Byrd slammed a three-run home run, helping lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-1 win Wednesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The victory moved the Bucs back to within a half-game of the first-place St. Louis Cardinals, who were blanked 10-0 by Cincinnati.
Byrd was acquired Tuesday along with veteran catcher John Buck in a trade with the New York Mets. His 22nd homer of the season was his lone hit in four at-bats on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (6-3; 3.14 ERA) allowed only one unearned run over 6-and-two-third innings to pick up the win. Morton surrendered five hits, struck out two batters and walked three.
The Pirates (77-55), who followed a 15-hit performance in a Tuesday loss to Milwaukee with 13 hits in the Wednesday triumph, were also led offensively by 3-for-4 performances by both Josh Harrison and Gaby Sanchez. Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer both recorded two hits. McCutchen is now batting .323. Harrison, Sanchez, McCutchen and Mercer each drove home one run.
The only run for Milwaukee (58-74) scored on a throwing error by Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin. Former Pirate Tom Gorzelanny, who started for the Brewers, took the loss. Gorzellany (3-6; 3.80 ERA) worked for 5-and-a-third innings, allowed four runs and nine hits, struck out five hitters and walked one.
With St. Louis idle on Thursday, a Pirates win in the rubber game of their series with the Brewers would forge a tie for first-place with the Cardinals with St. Louis coming to Pittsburgh for a three-game series over the weekend. On Thursday, the Bucs will start rookie Gerrit Cole (6-6; 3.81 ERA) against Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo (9-9; 4.61 ERA).