Clint Barmes slammed a pair of RBI singles on Sunday afternoon, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates (10-8) to their third straight victory against the Atlanta Braves.
Justin Wilson earned his first major league win. Wilson was one of five relievers who worked for Pittsburgh after starter Jonathan Sanchez lasted just three innings. Jason Grilli earned his seventh save.
Barmes, Travis Snider and Russell Martin each recorded two of the Pirates’ ten hits. Martin produced a run with a double that followed a single by Pedro Alvarez. Starling Marte scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch.
Gerald Laird and Andrelton Simmons drove in runs for the Braves (13-5). Atlanta starter Kris Medlen (1-2) took the loss.
On Saturday night, the Bucs’ Gaby Sanchez capped off a three-run sixth inning with a tie-breaking, two-run home run in a Pirates’ 3-1 win. The round-tripper followed an RBI base hit by Andrew McCutchen. Sanchez and McCutchen both went 2-for-4. James McDonald (2-2) allowed only one run and two hits over six innings as the Pirates’ starter. Grilli recorded the save.
Simmons drove home the Braves’ only run, and Atlanta was limited to just four hits. Former Pirates starter Paul Maholm (3-1), who had not allowed an earned run in three previous starts, suffered a loss for the first time this season.
On Friday, Pittsburgh starter Wandy Rodriguez (2-0), in his return from the injured list, pitched one-hit baseball over seven innings, and struck out five batters with no walks. Rodrigez combined with Mark Malancon and Vin Mazzaro on a two-hit shutout, and the Bucs sailed to a 6-0 victory. Alvarez homered for the second straight night. Snider, Martin and Neil Walker each tallied two hits, and Garrett Jones drove home a pair of runs.
Braves starter Tim Hudson (2-1) suffered the loss after giving up six runs and nine hits over 4-plus innings.
So, the Pirates shook over a loss to Atlanta in the first game of their four-game series, won three in a row, and finished a 7-2 homestand. The Bucs will begin a four-game series against the Phillies (8-11) in Philadelphia on Monday night. A.J. Burnett (1-2) will get the start for the Bucs, and the Phillies will counter with Jonathan Pettibone, who will be making his first Major League start.