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The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park Friday night to open a six-game home stand, with the first three games against the New York Mets.  New York has been a team on the rise as of late and even added a pitcher at the trade deadline.  The Mets swept Pittsburgh last weekend at Citi Field, and were looking to add to that success against the Pirates tonight.

New York came out swinging against Bucco starter Trevor WilliamsPete Alonso got things started in the first with an RBI double to right center.  He would then come in to score on a Wilson Ramos groundout to third base.  The Mets added another run in the third when J.D. Davis hit a double to center field.

That was the final run Williams gave up on the night as he worked through the sixth inning allowing three runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.  The Pittsburgh offense would wake up in the fourth to get him a W.

Josh Bell collected an RBI with a single to left to get the five run fourth going.  Jose Osuna drove in Starling Marte with a single of his own to left center.  Melky Cabrera gave the Pirates the lead with a two RBI double to left center.  He then came in to score on an Elias Diaz single to left center.  A fielding error in the seventh by Kevin Newman allowed Michael Conforto to score the final run for New York.

Marte would hit a 395 ft. three run home run in the seventh to tack on a few more insurance runs and send the Buccos to an 8-4 victory.  Other than the run allowed by Francisco Liriano in the seventh, the bullpen was solid over the final three innings of work.  Richard Rodriguez finished off the seventh, while Kyle Crick and Felipe Vazquez worked the eighth and ninth respectively.

Pittsburgh was without Clint Hurdle tonight as he served the first game of his two-game suspension.  Jung-ho Kang was designated for assignment prior to the game and Jameson Taillon was shut down for the remainder of the season.  These two teams will battle again tonight with Chris Archer taking on Marcus Stroman who is making his Mets debut after being traded over from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Record vs. Mets:  1-3

Record vs. N.L. East:  8-12

Record at Home:  24-26

Overall Record:  48-61



As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!