Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wild Pitching Loses Grip on Momentum Gomez Gives Up Two Runs after Pirates Rally for Tie Mets 4, Pirates 2

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wild Pitching Loses Grip on Momentum Gomez Gives Up Two Runs after Pirates Rally for Tie Mets 4, Pirates 2

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NEW YORK -- One day after the New York Mets bullpen imploded to cost them a win, the Pirates returned the favor, albeit in a less dramatic way.

Reliever Jeanmar Gomez entered the game Tuesday night in the sixth inning with the score tied, 2-2. He promptly gave up a walk, uncorked two wild pitches and surrendered an RBI single and double to put the Pirates in a 4-2 hole.

The Pirates never recovered and lost, 4-2. They will attempt to win the rubber match at 1:10 p.m. today at Citi Field.

Manager Clint Hurdle said it was an atypical outing for Gomez.

"He's been on a good roll. Walked the leadoff guy and then got two balls that end up at the backstop and it's three free 90s," Hurdle said. "It wasn't one of his signature outings. He's been pitching well, keeping the ball down, spinning the breaking ball and throwing the changeup. Things just didn't work for him tonight."

The Pirates' ninth-inning rally came up short when Gaby Sanchez grounded out to the shortstop after Travis Snider had reached first on an error and Andrew McCutchen drew a two-out walk.

The Pirates stranded 11 runners, and went just 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

The two clubs now have identical records again, as the result puts the Pirates and Mets at 23-27.

Jenrry Mejia pitched two scoreless innings for his fourth save this season.

The Mets scored in the third and fourth to take a 2-0 lead. But Starling Marte delivered a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the sixth to tie the score, 2-2, after starter Jonathon Niese had walked the three previous batters.

The Mets then turned to Vic Black -- the former Pirates prospect who was the player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd-John Buck deal in August.

Black issued a four-pitch walk to Neil Walker to load the bases again before getting pinch-hitter Ike Davis to strike out swinging at a curveball.

"We've seen him pitch very efficiently through the minor leagues. That's a big fastball and a hard curveball," said Hurdle of Black. …

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