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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Recap: Game 154 - Pirates at Mets - Pirates Beat Mets 10-6

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Pittsburgh (76-78) «4300100021092
N.Y. Mets (70-84)300000300671

W: W. Rodriguez (12-13) L: C. McHugh (0-3)
HR: PIT - P. Alvarez (30),G. Jones (25)   NYM - J. Turner (2),D. Wright (20)

Pedro Alvarez smacked a three-run homer and Garret Jones added a two-run blast to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-6 triumph over the New York Mets on Tuesday.

Alvarez finished the game with four RBI and Jones knocked in three while Josh Harrison added two hits and a pair for RBI for the Pirates, who kept their slim playoff hopes alive. Pittsburgh trails the St. Louis Cardinals by 7 1/2 games for the final NL wild card spot.

"I wish that record-wise we would be doing a little better in the standings, but this is just one of those things that when the year is over I'll be able to reflect on," said Alvarez, who hit a career-high 30 homers this year. "But right now we are just trying to win some ball games."

A Cardinals' win or a Pirates' loss will eliminate Pittsburgh from wild card contention.

Wandy Rodriguez (12-13) surrendered three runs on four hits and struck out three over six innings to pick up his third win in five starts. Rodriguez hasn't lost since Aug. 24.

Justin Turner and David Wright hit back-to-back homers and Ruben Tejada had two hits and scored twice for the Mets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Collin McHugh (0-3) was charged with the loss after giving up seven runs on five hits in just 1 1/3 innings.

"I truly believe he has run out of gas," Mets manager Terry Collins said of McHugh. "You accumulate all the innings he has this year, pitching in September for the first time. His stuff is not as crisp as his first outing."

The Pirates raced to a 4-0 lead in the first. With the bases loaded, Gaby Sanchez lined into a force out to score Harrison before Alvarez smoked a three-run homer to left-center field, his 30th of the season.

Turner and Wright cranked back-to-back shots in the home half to make it 4-3. Tejada opened the frame with a single and Turner followed with his second homer of the year. Wright then smacked a solo shot over the center field wall.

Pittsburgh plated three more in the second to push its advantage to 7-3. With two on, Jose Tabata ripped a triple to right-center field before coming around on Turner's fielding error.

The Pirates added one more in the fifth when Alvarez drew a bases loaded walk.

New York's three-run seventh pulled the Mets within 8-6. Andres Torres doubled then scored when Jones bobbled Jose Valdespin's base hit. Following a Tejada walk and a Daniel Murphy groundout, Wright stroked a singled to right-center field to clear the bases.

Wright's base hit tied him with Ed Kranepool atop the Mets all-time hits list with 1,418.

"You would like to do these type of things in wins, but I am proud that I was able to tie it, and hopefully break it tomorrow," Wright said.

Jones' two-run blast in the ninth capped the scoring.

Game Notes

The Pirates are 69-0 when leading after eight innings ... Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has hit safely in seven straight games, and 10 of his last 11 ... The Mets have homered in seven straight games at Citi Field.

Box Score:

Alex Presley LF522010000.241
  Starling Marte LF000000000.253
Josh Harrison 2B522201000.247
Andrew McCutchen CF321010021.336
Garrett Jones RF412300110.277
  Joel Hanrahan P000000000.000
Gaby Sanchez 1B410100010.224
Pedro Alvarez 3B211400120.243
Clint Barmes SS400000000.226
Rod Barajas C300000011.201
Wandy Rodriguez P311000001.068
  Chris Resop P000000000.000
  Jared Hughes P000000000.000
  Brock Holt PH100000001.295
  Jason Grilli P000000000.000
  Jose Tabata RF000000000.243
Ruben Tejada SS422000010.290
Justin Turner 2B311200100.274
  Daniel Murphy PH-2B100000000.291
David Wright 3B412300100.306
Scott Hairston LF400000001.260
Ike Davis 1B300000011.225
Kelly Shoppach C300000001.203
  Robert Carson P000000000.000
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Lucas Duda PH100000000.243
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
Andres Torres CF311010010.222
Mike Baxter RF200000001.262
  Elvin Ramirez P000000000.000
  Mike Nickeas C100000000.179
  Fred Lewis PH100000001.167
Collin McHugh P000000000.000
  Justin Hampson P100000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin RF311000001.241

E_J.Harrison, G.Jones, J.Turner. LOB_Pittsburgh 4, NY Mets 4. 2B_A.Presley, A.McCutchen, A.Torres. 3B_J.Harrison. HR_P.Alvarez (30) off C.McHugh, G.Jones (25) off J.Rauch, J.Turner (2) off W.Rodriguez, D.Wright (20) off W.Rodriguez. SB_J.Valdespin (10). CS_A.Presley. GIDP_G.Sanchez, C.Barmes. DP_NY Mets 2 (D.Wright and I.Davis), (R.Tejada, J.Turner and I.Davis).

Wandy Rodriguez (W 12-13)6.0433232106-743.79
Chris Resop0.123310017-124.02
Jared Hughes (H 11)0.210000010-72.93
Jason Grilli (H 31)1.000001010-62.86
Joel Hanrahan1.000002019-122.50
Collin McHugh (L 0-3)1.157730147-246.75
Justin Hampson2.210010030-192.25
Elvin Ramirez2.011132047-246.27
Robert Carson0.10000007-64.73
Ramon Ramirez0.20000003-34.23
Bobby Parnell1.00000107-72.67
Jon Rauch1.022201115-113.23

T_3:26. A_25286.
Umpires_Home,Greg Gibson; First, Phil Cuzzi; Second, Gerry Davis; Third, Manny Gonzalez.

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