PITTSBURGH — Five infield singles and a little bit of luck gave the Pirates all the run support they’d need Wednesday night, scoring five runs in the seventh inning against the Mets in a 9-3 win.
Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Matt Diaz rattled off three straight infield hits to start the seventh and Chris Snyder added a fourth to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. The Pirates benefited from a blown call on the play, as Walker was ruled safe at first because Mets third baseman Willie Harris failed to get his foot on the bag for the force out.
Replay showed that Harris clearly tapped his foot on third base. Mets manager Terry Collins argued the call to no avail.
Lyle Overbay stepped to the plate next with the bases loaded and no outs and drove a ball to right center field, which hit off the end of Angel Pagan’s glove and on to the outfield grass, allowing Walker to score.
Collins pulled Mets starter Chris Capuano at that point, but things continued to spiral out of control for the Mets with reliever Pedro Beato. Xavier Paul singled in a run, Jose Tabata beat out a double play for another and Josh Harrison hit the inning’s fifth infield single for a 5-2 Pirates lead.
The onslaught continued in the eighth with four more Pittsburgh runs. Brandon Wood doubled to left to score Walker, Lyle Overbay singled to score Wood and Xavier Paul singled to score Chris Snyder for an 8-2 Buccos lead. Garrett Jones added a sacrifice fly for the ninth run of the game.
Pittsburgh starter Kevin Correia’s performance on the mound went rather quietly given all the run support. Correia won his eighth game of the season and, at game’s end, was tops in the majors in wins (8-4). It’s the first time a Pirates pitcher has led the MLB in wins since 1960.
Correia allowed just two runs — the 13th straight game a Pirates starter has allowed two or fewer earned runs — in six innings while allowing six hits and striking out four. The only runs allowed be Correia came in the fourth inning when Ruben Tejada hit a two-run single to right center. Daniel McCutchen allowed the only other run on the night in the eighth.
The win is the Pirates 17th on the road, matching last year’s season total for victories away from PNC Park.
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Chris Gates | Bucs Blog