Pirates

Bucs fall 6 back of Brewers

MILWAUKEE — It wasn’t pretty, but Zach Davies did something Saturday that no other starting pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history had done before. Despite a shaky outing, Davies became the first Milwaukee starter to open a season with seven straight wins, hanging on for five innings before ...

Pirates’ bullpen surrenders 7 runs in road defeat

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Jordan Lyles (5-3) vs. Brewers RHP Zach Davies (6-0) TV: AT&T SportsNet By Keith Jenkins The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Brandon Woodruff struck 10 in six innings and Ryan Braun hit a ...

Archer, Bell help Pirates win Braves series

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — If the Atlanta Braves needed more reason to purse free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel, they may have gotten it on Thursday. Mike Foltynewicz allowed consecutive home runs to Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco in the second inning of a 6-1 loss to the ...

Pirates slugger Bell embracing simple approach

PITTSBURGH — The conversations were polite but also respectfully blunt. Little small talk. No sugarcoating or coddling. Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell would have seen right through anyway. So when newly hired hitting coaches Rick Eckstein and Jacob Cruz sat Bell down early in ...

Zach attack

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Zach Davies wanted a shot at becoming the first Milwaukee pitcher in two years to toss a complete game. So with the Brewers nursing a two-run lead heading into the ninth on Sunday in Pittsburgh, Davies went to manager Craig Counsell and ...

Bucs can’t hold lead in 9th

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Orlando Arcia hit his second homer of the game, a two-run drive in the 13th inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-10 on Saturday night. Both teams blew late leads before Arcia connected with two outs off Alex McRae (0-1) ...

Bell still hot for Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell spent some time in the seats above the Clemente Wall in right field at PNC Park on Friday night, carefully folding a handful of gold T-shirts with the phrase “Bellieve” on them over the chairs as part of a promotion that is ...

Bell ties record in victory

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Josh Bell is finishing off one of the best power-hitting months in Pirates history. The switch-hitting first baseman tied the club record with his 12th homer in May , and Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 Wednesday for a split of their four-game ...

Reds’ Dietrich hits 3 HRs; Pirates’ Lyles injured

CINCINNATI — Derek Dietrich was describing his three-homer game for the media when Scooter Gennett walked past and put it in a slightly different perspective. “Anybody can hit three, Derek,” said Gennett, who did him one better in 2017. No, Dietrich’s latest big game didn’t set ...

Top prospect Keller allows six runs in first inning

CINCINNATI — Jose Iglesias has been drawing rave reviews all season for his nifty glove work. He contributed nicely at the plate Monday, too. The slick-fielding Iglesias hit his first career grand slam off Mitch Keller in the right-hander’s major league debut, and the Cincinnati Reds ...

The wrong direction

By Chris Mueller The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ decision to give Justin Turner a breather Saturday paid off nicely. Not that the Pirates were putting up much of a fight. Turner had five hits after taking a rest, Joc Pederson homered ...

Bucs’ GM seeking change

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington wants Major League Baseball to consider changing its concussion assessment system to allow for player re-entry after exiting a game for concussion testing. Huntington offered the suggestion Sunday, a day ...

Freese slam helps Dodgers power past former team

PITTSBURGH — David Freese stepped into the batter’s box, heard the polite applause from the crowd at a ballpark he once called home and was surprised when the familiar strains of Tool’s “Stinkfist” blasted through the speakers at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates played the song as a ...

Bucs slug their way to victory

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — After scoring just three runs in the first two games of their series with the Colorado Rockies, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense broke out in a big way on Thursday, setting new season highs for runs scored and margin of victory in a 14-6 win. The ...

Pirates keep up struggles at home

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell reached the Allegheny River on the fly for the second time in two weeks, the only notable blemish for the Colorado Rockies in a 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. After Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to put Colorado ...

Learning German is hard

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — German Marquez could sense his delivery speeding up. So the Colorado Rockies pitcher made a concerted effort to slow things down, putting a halt to his team’s four-game losing streak in the process. The 24-year-old struck out seven over ...

Bell named NL player of week

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of May 13-19 on Monday. Bell claimed his first career POW honor, and is the first Pirates position player to take home the weekly honors since Andrew McCutchen for the ...

No ordinary Joe

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Joe Musgrove of the Pittsburgh Pirates is undefeated against his hometown San Diego Padres. Musgrove pitched well enough to survive a rough seventh inning and Colin Moran had a three-run home run and four RBIs for the Pirates, who won ...

Homers carry Bucs to victory

From Mirror reports SAN DIEGO — Josh Bell hit two home runs, and Bryan Reynolds and Gregory Polanco each hit one as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres, 7-2, Saturday night. Bell now has 14 home runs and has raised his batting average to .333. He had three hits, four ...

Lyles strikes out 12 Padres

SAN DIEGO — It’s been nearly three years since the Pittsburgh Pirates have had a pitcher strike out 12 batters in a game. That’s how good Jordan Lyles was Friday night, when he dominated his former team for seven innings and helped the Pirates to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego ...