The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their seven-game losing streak and avoided a series sweep with a 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
Roansy Contreras started for Pittsburgh, improving to 4-4 on the season after giving up just three hits and two walks in five innings on the mound. Noah Syndergaard was tagged with the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings.
A single by Ke’Bryan Hayes scored Oneil Cruz in the top of the first inning to give the Bucs an early 1-0 lead. Greg Allen’s sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning scored their second run of the game.
The Bucs broke the game open with three runs in the sixth inning. A single by Michael Chavis made it 3-0, and a ground ball hit by Tucupita Marcano scored Chavis to score their next run. Later in the inning, Bligh Madris doubled home Rodolfo Castro to make it 5-0, which would be the final score.
Finally the Pirates were able to secure a “feel-good” victory for the first time in a long time. They snapped their losing streak, avoided a series sweep, and hopefully built a bit of momentum as they continue their road trip on Monday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Record vs. Phillies: 1-6
Record vs. N.L. East: 8-20
Record on the Road: 22-43
Overall Record: 48-79
Let’s Go Bucs!