Kevin Newman was behind the game-winning run in the 10th inning in a 4-3 Pirates win that swept a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
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The Pirates (59-97) have thus considerably approached the Reds (60-96), while the two clubs are involved in a struggle of mediocrity whose winners will finish last in the Central section of the National League.
The Pirates were heading for a 3-0 victory after eight innings, but their Ohio rivals tied the game in the ninth, courtesy of home runs by Kyle Farmer and Jake Fraley. On the mound, Chase De Jong has thus screwed up a third lead this season.
His performance certainly overshadowed that of starter Bryse Wilson, who had previously allowed just three hits and one walk in eight innings of work.
Their teammate Yohan Ramirez (3-1), however, stopped the bleeding to sign the victory, while reliever Alexis Diaz (6-3) then conceded the decisive point, so that the loss was put on his record.
A double from Miguel Andujar in the opening inning gave the Pirates the first run and one from Oneil Cruz in the next turn at bat added two runs to the board.
The Pirates will now have their work cut out to overtake the Reds in the standings as they play their last six games against the St. Louis Cardinals (90-65), while the Reds will face the Chicago Cubs six times (68-86) .
At Citi Field, Quebecer Charles Leblanc once again stood out in a loss to the Miami Marlins, this time by a score of 5 to 4 against the New York Mets.
In the fourth inning, Leblanc hit a double into left field. Bryan De La Cruz’s home run then allowed him to cross home plate.
The Laval resident reached the trails twice more thanks to free passes.
Eduardo Escobar was the main force behind the hosts’ comeback, who trailed 4-0. He first hit a long ball and a single to tie the game. Then, in the extra inning, his strike in a safe place at the expense of Dylan Floro (1-3) provided the point of victory for the Mets.
Drew Smith (3-3) was perfect in the 10th round to sign the victory.