Final Score: Pittsburgh 10, New York 6
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Pedro Alvarez smacked a three-run homer and
Garret Jones added a two-run blast to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-6
triumph over the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Alvarez finished the game with four RBI and Jones knocked in three while Josh
Harrison added two hits and a pair for RBI for the Pirates, who kept their
slim playoff hopes alive. Pittsburgh trails the St. Louis Cardinals by 7 1/2
games for the final NL wild card spot.
"I wish that record-wise we would be doing a little better in the standings,
but this is just one of those things that when the year is over I'll be able
to reflect on," said Alvarez, who hit a career-high 30 homers this year. "But
right now we are just trying to win some ball games."
A Cardinals' win or a Pirates' loss will eliminate Pittsburgh from wild
Wandy Rodriguez (12-13) surrendered three runs on four hits and struck out
three over six innings to pick up his third win in five starts. Rodriguez
hasn't lost since Aug. 24.
Justin Turner and David Wright hit back-to-back homers and Ruben Tejada had
two hits and scored twice for the Mets, who had a four-game winning streak
Collin McHugh (0-3) was charged with the loss after giving up seven runs on
five hits in just 1 1/3 innings.
"I truly believe he has run out of gas," Mets manager Terry Collins said of
McHugh. "You accumulate all the innings he has this year, pitching in
September for the first time. His stuff is not as crisp as his first outing."
The Pirates raced to a 4-0 lead in the first. With the bases loaded, Gaby
Sanchez lined into a force out to score Harrison before Alvarez smoked a
three-run homer to left-center field, his 30th of the season.
Turner and Wright cranked back-to-back shots in the home half to make it 4-3.
Tejada opened the frame with a single and Turner followed with his second
homer of the year. Wright then smacked a solo shot over the center field
Pittsburgh plated three more in the second to push its advantage to 7-3. With
two on, Jose Tabata ripped a triple to right-center field before coming around
on Turner's fielding error.
The Pirates added one more in the fifth when Alvarez drew a bases loaded walk.
New York's three-run seventh pulled the Mets within 8-6. Andres Torres doubled
then scored when Jones bobbled Jose Valdespin's base hit. Following a Tejada
walk and a Daniel Murphy groundout, Wright stroked a singled to right-center
field to clear the bases.
Wright's base hit tied him with Ed Kranepool atop the Mets all-time hits list
"You would like to do these type of things in wins, but I am proud that I was
able to tie it, and hopefully break it tomorrow," Wright said.
Jones' two-run blast in the ninth capped the scoring.
The Pirates are 69-0 when leading after eight innings ... Pirates center
fielder Andrew McCutchen has hit safely in seven straight games, and 10 of his
last 11 ... The Mets have homered in seven straight games at Citi Field.
09/26 00:31:13 ET
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