The Pittsburgh Pirates followed a loss in the opening game of a 3-game road series with the New York Mets by taking three games in a row from the Mets between Friday and Sunday.
The Bucs (21-16) capped off their series win with a 3-2 victory at Citifield in New York on Sunday afternoon. Pedro Alvarez slammed the 8th-inning RBI single that broke a 2-2 tie. Clint Barmes homered for the Bucs, and Garrett Jones drove home a run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Reliever Justin Wilson (3-0) earned the winning after allowing the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jason Grilli pitched the ninth inning for his league-leading 15th save. The Mets fell to 14-20 with the loss.
On Saturday night, Jose Tabata slammed four of the Pirates’ 16 hits in an 11-2 victory. Tabata homered, doubled, recorded a pair of singles, drove in three runs and scored three times. Jordy Mercer punched two solo homers. Barmes, Starling Marte, Brandon Inge and Michael McKenry also finished with two hits apiece. The game marked the Pirates debut of veteran Francisco Liriano (1-0; 1.69 ERA), who worked 5-and-a-third innings, and allowed only one run and six hits. Liriano struck out 9 batters and walked two. Pittsburgh pitchers struck out a total of 16 Mets batters.
Jones belted a three run-homer in Friday night’s 7-3 Pittsburgh win, a shot that was, before a replay review, ruled a triple. Marte, Barmes and winning pitcher Wandy Rodriguez (3-2; 3.62 ERA) also drove home runs. Rodriguez allowed one run and six hits over six innings with two strikeouts and no walks. Jones and Marte both finished with three hits. Grilli earned the save.
On Monday night, the Pirates will begin a four-game home series with the Milwaukee Brewers (15-20). A.J. Burnett (3-3; 2.57 ERA) is scheduled to start for Pittsburgh against Milwaukee’s Marco Estrada (2-2; 6.05 ERA).