Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Early Power Surge Is Key Four Runs in 1st Set Tone in Victory Pirates 10, Mets 6

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Early Power Surge Is Key Four Runs in 1st Set Tone in Victory Pirates 10, Mets 6

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NEW YORK -- Wandy Rodriguez and New York Mets starter Collin McHugh stumbled out of the blocks Tuesday night. Rodriguez regained his stride, while McHugh tripped.

The Pirates combined patience at the plate with power, scoring often in the early innings in a 10-6 win against the Mets at Citi Field. Four first-inning runs gave the Pirates a cushion with which to weather a three-run inning in the bottom of the first from the Mets.

The Pirates took advantage of extra-base hits early, notching two each in the first two innings. All four batters who hit for extra bases eventually scored. They also took advantage of seven walks in the first five innings.

Alex Presley and Josh Harrison each had two hits, and Presley and Andrew McCutchen each doubled. Harrison hit a two-run triple. Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones each homered.

Rodriguez almost squandered an early Pirates lead in the first inning. He allowed a single to Ruben Tejada before Justin Turner hit his second home run of the season. David Wright hit his 20th two pitches later, cutting the lead to 4-3.

From there, Rodriguez allowed one hit and one walk in his next five innings.

Rodriguez has pitched consistently well since mid-August, a time frame that has not been kind to the Pirates. He left his previous start after four innings, lifted for a pinch-hitter in a time of offensive need. In the other six of his past seven starts, he has pitched at least six innings and allowed three or fewer runs.

The Pirates feasted on McHugh, who made his fourth start of the season. Harrison singled and McCutchen doubled in the first, and McHugh walked Jones to load the bases. Gaby Sanchez lined a ball to shallow center that Andres Torres slid for but could not catch. Harrison scored but Jones was forced out at second. Alvarez then hit his 30th home run, giving the Pirates a 4-0 lead. …

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