The Buccos busted out the lumber in New York and got back within two games of .500 with a 10-6 win over the Metropolitans.
Gaby Sanchez got the Pirates out to a quick lead with a sacrifice-fly in the first. Next up was Pedro Alvarez, who stroked his 30th home run of the year to LF off of Collin McHugh. With an early 4-0 lead, Wandy Rodriguez took the hill.
Wandy gave up back-to-back homers in the first to Justin Turner and David Wright in the first as the Mets got three runs right back. He settled down after the first and went on to shut the Mets out for the next five innings. He allowed just four hits over six innings, and the offense kept adding on. Josh Harrison tripled in two runs in the second, and another run scored thanks to an error.
Pedro walked with the bases loaded in the fifth to make it 8-3, and Chris Resop entered after Wandy was pulled. He got through just a third of an inning and was charged with three runs. Jared Hughes got out of the inning, but the lead was down to just two.
Jason Grilli pitched a quick eighth inning, and Garrett Jones got Joel Hanrahan some breathing room with a two-run bomb to make it 10-6. Hammer breezed through the Mets in the ninth, keeping the Bucs’ hope of a winning season alive. Definitely a much-needed win, but winning the next two in Queens would really help.
Pirates (76-78) – Mets (70-84)
Win: Rodriguez (12-13)
Loss: McHugh (0-3)