Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Joyce, Niese Lead Pirates Past Braves

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Joyce, Niese Lead Pirates Past Braves

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PITTSBURGH - Matt Joyce homered among his three hits and drove in three runs, Gregory Polanco had three hits and three runs scored, and Jon Niese pitched six effective innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. Joyce stepped into the starting lineup and played right field as left fielder Starling Marte was placed on the paternity list before the game after his wife gave birth to a daughter in the morning. Polanco moved from right field to left to take Marte's spot.

Joyce connected for his fifth home run, a two-run shot deep into the left-field bleachers, off Alexi Ogando in the seventh inning to increase the Pirates' lead to 8-2.

Niese (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. It was just Niese's third quality start in eight outings this season, though the Pirates are 6-2 in the games he has pitched, and he improved his career record against the Braves to 10- 6.

Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 12th save in 13 opportunities.

David Freese had two of the 13 hits by the Pirates (20-17). Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison each drove in two runs.

The Braves lost for the ninth time in 11 games in falling to a major league-worst 9-28.

Atlanta's runs came on a pair of home runs - a two-run shot by Jeff Francoeur in the sixth inning off Niese that made it 6-2 and a three-run shot by Kelly Johnson in the eighth off Cory Luebke that cut the deficit to 8-5.


Marte's wife gave birth to a daughter Monday morning. Players may take up to three days of paid leave while on the paternity list and it is unclear when Marte will return to the team.

Former West Virginia Power INF/OF Alen Hanson was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and struck out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning in his major league debut.

Indians 15, Reds 6

CLEVELAND - Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and had four RBIs, and the Cleveland Indians rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds. …

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