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Friday, June 27, 2014

Recap: Game 79 - Mets (2) at Pirates (5) - Polanco Drives in Four to Doom Mets


New York


W: V. Worley (2-0) L: D. Matsuzaka (3-2) S: M. Melancon (14)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (12)   PIT - G. Polanco (2)


Gregory Polanco drove in a career-high four runs and Vance Worley tossed seven effective innings in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets at PNC Park.

Polanco belted his second major league homer as part of a 2-for-3 night to lead Pittsburgh offensively, while Worley (2-0) scattered seven hits and a pair of walks to hold the Mets to one run and help the surging Pirates to their fifth win in six games.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-2) served up Polanco's three-run blast and was tagged for five runs overall while issuing four walks over six innings of work.

Lucas Duda had a solo homer for New York and David Wright added an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Though they were able to manufacture a run in the third inning, the Pirates didn't record their first hit off Matsuzaka until Andrew McCutchen doubled to open the bottom of the fourth with the game tied at 1-1. The reigning NL MVP later took third on a groundout and scored as Ike Davis, caught in a rundown after being picked off first, was able to hold off being tagged out long enough to enable McCutchen to cross the plate.

Pittsburgh put up three hits, though, during a game-breaking fifth inning which was highlighted by Polanco's towering shot deep into the right-field seats with a pair of runners aboard that increased Pittsburgh's lead to 5-1.

That was more than enough for Worley, who was reached for three hits during a shaky second inning but was bailed out when Josh Harrison made a perfect one- hop throw from left field to nab Bobby Abreu at the plate on a Ruben Tejada single.

The Pirates then took advantage of Matsuzaka's leadoff walk to Jordy Mercer to move ahead in the third. A sacrifice by Worley and a wild pitch placed Mercer on third with one out, with Polanco knocking in his first run of the night with a grounder to second.

Worley served up Duda's opposite-field homer that landed just inside the foul pole in the fourth, but kept the Mets off the board for the remainder of his stint with the help of a pair of double plays turned by the Pirates' infield.

New York did manage a run in the eighth on back-to-back doubles from Daniel Murphy and Wright off Tony Watson, but went down in order against Mark Melancon in the ninth as the Pirates' closer picked up his 14th save.

Game Notes

Matsuzaka had gone 34 consecutive innings without allowing a home run until surrendering Polanco's shot, which gave the Pirates a homer in a season-best seven straight games ... Watson entered the game having not permitted an earned run in his last 26 appearances, a span of 26 1/3 innings ... Juan Lagares, activated from the disabled list prior to the game, went 1-for-4 for New York in his first game since June 1 ... Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte sat out a second straight day while recovering from a knee to the head Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

Box Score:

Curtis Granderson RF300000011.239
Daniel Murphy 2B411010000.296
David Wright 3B401110000.277
Lucas Duda 1B411100101.252
Bobby Abreu LF201000010.286
  Chris Young PH-LF-CF100000000.209
Juan Lagares CF401000002.294
  Vic Black P000000000.000
Travis d`Arnaud C401000001.186
Ruben Tejada SS301000000.236
Daisuke Matsuzaka P201000000.286
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH101000000.308
  Carlos Torres P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Eric Campbell LF100000000.288
Gregory Polanco RF312400110.338
Josh Harrison LF300000000.297
Andrew McCutchen CF311010011.315
Neil Walker 2B400000002.273
Russell Martin C300000000.260
Ike Davis 1B200000020.246
Pedro Alvarez 3B403000001.237
  Mark Melancon P000000000.000
Jordy Mercer SS320000010.229
Vance Worley P111000000.143
  Travis Snider PH101000000.239
  Tony Watson P0000000001.000
  Clint Barmes 3B000000000.241

LOB_NY Mets 7, Pittsburgh 6. 2B_D.Murphy, D.Wright, A.McCutchen. HR_L.Duda (12) off V.Worley, G.Polanco (2) off D.Matsuzaka. S_J.Harrison, V.Worley. SB_G.Polanco (4). CS_I.Davis. GIDP_D.Wright, R.Tejada, N.Walker, I.Davis. DP_NY Mets 2 (D.Murphy and L.Duda), (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and L.Duda); Pittsburgh 2 (N.Walker, J.Mercer and I.Davis), (P.Alvarez, N.Walker and I.Davis).

Daisuke Matsuzaka (L 3-2)6.055544196-553.23
Carlos Torres1.020010013-73.21
Josh Edgin0.210000010-61.59
Vic Black0.10000005-41.23
Vance Worley (W 2-0)7.0711231100-701.74
Tony Watson1.021102022-150.98
Mark Melancon (S 14)1.00000007-52.41

IBB_off C.Torres (A.McCutchen). 
HBP_by D.Matsuzaka (R.Martin), by V.Worley (R.Tejada). 
T_2:53. A_36647.
Umpires_Home,Jeff Nelson; First, Laz Diaz; Second, Toby Basner; Third, Scott Barry.
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