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Pirates fall apart in eighth inning

The Associated Press ATLANTA — Ronald Acuna Jr. loves being a spark at the top of the Braves’ batting order. “It’s part of my personality and the kind of baseball player that I am,” he said through a translator. “That’s the energy I try to bring. The energy is contagious, and ...

Bucs falter after Braves rally late

By George Henry The Associated Press ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking, RBI single in the four-run eighth inning, and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves rallied to snap a three-game skid and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Saturday night. The Braves increased their division ...

Polanco snaps tie in eighth

By Charles Odum The Associated Press ATLANTA — Gregory Polanco’s eighth-inning single drove in Adam Frazier with the tiebreaking run, and the Pittsburgh Pirates recovered after blowing a two-run lead to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Friday night. The first-place Braves, who have lost ...

Bucs’ nosedive continues

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Rookies Harrison Bader and John Gant hit back-to-back home runs, Gant pitched into the sixth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Thursday night. The Cardinals have won 17 of 21 and took their tenth consecutive series, ...

Williams, Marte power Pirates to victory in St. Louis

By Steve Overbey The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Trevor Williams pitched six strong innings, Starling Marte had an RBI single in the sixth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Wednesday night. Williams (11-9) gave up three hits and struck out a ...

Cards drop Bucs again

ST. LOUIS — Jose Martinez and Tyler O’Neill homered, rookie Jack Flaherty pitched seven innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Tuesday night in Mike Shildt’s first game since being promoted to full-time manager. The Cardinals have won six of seven and are ...

Defense, Archer struggle in setback

MILWAUKEE — Chris Archer blamed nobody but himself for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ loss to Milwaukee. Mike Moustakas and Manny Pina each hit a two-run homer in the third inning, Jonathan Schoop went deep in the seventh and the Brewers beat the Pirates 7-4 on Sunday. The Brewers rocked ...

Taillon tough on Brewers

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer and Jameson Taillon pitched six strong innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 on Saturday night. Frazier’s drive with one out in the eighth off reliever Taylor Williams give the Pirates a ...

Staying up late costly for Pirates

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Orlando Arcia’s RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. Arcia was mobbed on the field by his teammates after he put an end to the 5-hour, 36-minute ...

Braves sweep Pirates with Acuna home run

By John Perrotta The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jonny Venters thought he had given up a tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. “It sounded loud,” the Atlanta Braves’ reliever said. “I thought it was gone.” Gregory Polanco’s drive to right field ...

Archer on track to make start on Sunday

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—Chris Archer is on track to make his next scheduled start, Sunday in Milwaukee. Archer was forced out of his most recent start on Monday when he developed left leg discomfort while swinging the bat. He left the game in the fourth inning after an ...

Pirates host AL West clubs in 2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their 2019 regular-season schedule Wednesday, which will feature the Bucs opening the season in Cincinnati for three games beginning on Thursday, March 28. It will mark the 30th time in club history that the Pirates will open the season against the Reds. ...

Pirates’ offensive woes continue against Braves

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kevin Gausman has enjoyed transitioning to his new team. Dansby Swanson helped make it all the more pleasant Tuesday night. Gausman breezed through eight innings, Swanson had two homers and four RBIs and the Atlanta Braves beat the ...

Marte wants fans to be nicer

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte was absent from the Pirates’ starting lineup on Tuesday, but that didn’t appear to be a continuation of Monday’s banishment for lack of effort. The Pirates didn’t post a starting lineup until around 5 p.m. When it ...

Offense silent for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Bryse Wilson was pitching for his high school team in Hillsborough, North Carolina, barely two years ago. Now, he’s 1-0 in the major leagues. Wilson worked five solid innings, becoming the third 20-year-old pitcher to start in his big league debut for Atlanta this season in ...

OF Marte benched by Hurdle for lack of hustle

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—Starling Marte’s lack of effort on Sunday earned him a seat on the bench on Monday. Manager Clint Hurdle sat Marte out of Monday’s game against the Atlanta Braves to express his dissatisfaction with Marte’s lack of hustle in Sunday’s ...

Frazier’s extra-inning home run wins it

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh’s pitchers delivered once again, and Adam Frazier rewarded them with one big swing. Frazier hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning, and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Sunday for a split of their four-game ...

Despite two losses, Pirates pitchers excel

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates wound up splitting their four-game weekend series with the Chicago Cubs. A 2-2 record didn’t do them any good in the standings at this point of the season, and .500 should never be a reason for excitement. But the two losses were ...

New pitchers take time to learn their surroundings

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates added two pitchers from outside the organization at the trading deadline — starter Chris Archer and reliever Keone Kela. When a new pitcher comes to the team, that involves an in depth conversation so the coaching staff can get to ...

Bucs tie record with 7 double plays

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs tied a major league record by turning seven double plays Friday night, including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs got six double plays on ...