The Pirates had a chance to win the series against the Mets tonight, but R.A. Dickey wasn’t so sure about that. James McDonald gave up an early run in the second after striking out the side in the first. From there, both pitchers settled down and started to cruise through five innings. Dickey had 7 strikeouts through five innings, but the Pirates were able to tie it up in the sixth. Josh Harrison, who started in right field for the second straight night, had a one-out triple, and Andrew McCutchen drove him in with a sacrifice fly to right.
The eighth inning was when the wheels started to fall off for the Pirates. Juan Cruz replaced McDonald, gave up a “double” to center. Mike Baxter lined a ball directly over Cutch’s head, and he didn’t get a good jump on it. He got turned around and eventually had the ball deflect off his glove, allowing Baxter to get into scoring position. Cruz walked the next batter, but got David Wright to strikeout. Lucas Duda then singled to right, scoring one. After a few defensive changes and a pitching change, Chris Resop gave up an unearned run on a Pedro Alvarez error. The score was 3-1 Mets going into the bottom of the eighth, and Jon Rauch replaced Dickey. Jose Tabata doubled with one down, and got to third on a groundout. Cutch popped up to shallow right, and Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy couldn’t make the over-the-shoulder catch, making it 3-2. Pedro struck out to end the inning, and Frank Francisco got the Bucs in order in the ninth.
McDonald’s final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 2 BB
Dickey’s final line: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 11 K, 0 BB
Pirates (20-23) – Mets (23-20)
Win: Dickey (6-1)
Loss: Cruz (1-1)
Save: Francisco (11)