Rookie Gregory Polanco slammed a three-run home run, and drove in another run with a groundball out as the Pittsburgh Pirates (40-39) posted a 5-2 win over the New York Mets on Thursday night in the first game of a four-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Polanco went 2-for-3 with a walk, and now is batting .338 in 16 Major League games.
Pedro Alvarez added three hits to the Pirates’ attack, and Andrew McCutchen scored during a fourth-inning rundown on the base paths.
Vance Worley (2-0), making his third start for the Pirates, earned the win with a seven-inning performance in which he allowed only one run on seven hits. Worley struck out three hitters and walked two. Mark Melancon, who pitched a perfect ninth inning, recorded his 14th save in 17 opportunities this season.
Lucas Duda homered for the Mets (36-43), and David Wright drove home a second run. New York starter Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-2) took the loss.
In the second game of the series on Friday night, Brandon Cumpton (3-2; 4.93 ERA) will start for the Pirates versus the Mets’ Jacob deGrom (1-4; 3.75 ERA). The Bucs have announced that Gerrit Cole (6-3) will come off the disabled list to make a start against New York on Saturday afternoon.